France’s Choice for Naval Nuclear Propulsion: Why Low-Enriched Uranium Was Chosen

This special report is a result of an FAS task force on French naval nuclear propulsion and explores France’s decision to switch from highly-enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU). By detailing the French Navy’s choice to switch to LEU fuel, author Alain Tournyol du Clos — a lead architect of France’s nuclear propulsion program — explores whether France’s choice is fit for other nations. Read or download now.

FAS Roundup: March 26, 2012

2012 Nuclear Security Summit,secret drone technology, nuclear limbo and much more.

2012 Nuclear Security Summit

  • Listen to the new edition of the FAS podcast series, “A Conversation With An Expert,”  featuring FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson. In this podcast, Dr. Ferguson discusses the goals of the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, securing fissile materials, and nuclear terrorism.

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The Surprising Science of Nuclear Terrorism

FAS is committed to communicating in a clear, credible, and non-fear-mongering way about security threats. In this recent, brief YouTube video, FAS Board member Devabhaktuni “Sri” Srikrishna talks about the nuclear weapons-usable material highly enriched uranium (HEU). He explains why it is a security concern and what can and should be done to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism involving HEU. Sri and I welcome your thoughts about this video and encourage you to spread the video and the word.