FAS experts and affiliates contribute original commentary and opinion pieces in leading media outlets on specific security threats and policy implications.
In this op-ed, Tara Drozdenko, Managing Director for Nuclear Policy and Nonproliferation at Outrider, examines the science behind the catastrophic accident that occurred on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, and discusses the lessons learned from that fateful day.
On April 1, 2016, introduced by Congress, the White House endorsed a research program that would enable the use of low-enriched uranium (instead of the weapons-grade, highly enriched uranium that is currently used) in naval reactors, the devices used to power submarines and aircraft carriers.
On March 30, at the 2016 NGO conference, “Solutions for a Secure Nuclear Future” (www.ssnf2016.org) preceding the official Nuclear Security Summit, FAS President Charles D. Ferguson presented on the topic of reducing the risk of high-activity radioactive sources used in acts of terrorism.
In a letter dated March 29, 2016, 35 Nobel Laureates from physics, chemistry, and medicine urge national leaders attending President Obama’s fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit on March 31st to reduce the risk of nuclear or radiological terrorism to near-zero.
In this op-ed, Jay Apt, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Co-Director of CMU’s Electricity Industry Center, explores America’s potential actions to counter climate change by broadening “renewable portfolio standards” to include all low-polluting power sources.