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The Risk of a Nuclear ISIS Grows

Joe Cirincione | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The U.S. needs to rethink our overall nuclear strategy. Our current strategy is still based on fighting a nuclear war with Russia. We should refocus it, and stop spending billions on an obsolete U.S. nuclear arsenal and move at least part of those funds to preventing ISIS or any other group from getting their hands on radioactive materials. It's time to stop fighting Soviets and shift our funds to fighting the terrorists that truly threaten us. The risk of ISIS getting their hands on nuclear or radiological weapons is small, but it is not zero. And that is too big of a gamble to take when American lives are on the line.

What the Survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima Have Taught Us About the Danger of Excessive Fear of Radiation

David Ropeik | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
David Ropeik

Michiko was 11 when the sky flashed a strange blinding white. It was 11:02 a.m., August 9, 1945. Moments later came the roaring sound and the heat and the powerful blast of wind, and then in the distance several kilometers away the young Japanese girl saw her suburban home.

What Obama Should Tell the UN

Joe Cirincione | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

In the few paragraphs about nuclear weapons that you will put in your speech, you can reassure your allies and warn your adversaries by quickly and powerfully laying out your integrated, three-part agenda.

Imagining A Terrorist Attack On LA

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 04.23.2012 | Los Angeles

If Los Angeles were to fall victim to a terrorist attack, one of the most likely methods would be a "dirty bomb," USC researcher Adam Rose told The Hu...

The Real Deal With Cesium

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rizwan Ladha

Since cesium can be more easily acquired than uranium or plutonium, it wouldn't be a stretch to imagine a terrorist group acquiring enough to construct a barrage of highly radioactive bombs.

ReThink Interview: Lawrence Bender and Lucy Walker on Countdown to Zero and Nuclear Weapons

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why are nuclear weapons so far off our collective radars when they retain the potential to extinguish millions of lives -- if not all life on the planet -- in mere minutes?

Managing Risks in Public Policy: Impact vs. Probability?

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Walking barefoot through airport security makes little sense if our ports are unprotected. Let's gather the courage to redirect our resources to risks that are high probability and high impact.

Preparing For A `Nuclear Event' In LA

LA Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

While the possibility of a nuclear attack in Los Angeles seems almost unthinkable, local officials are inventorying hundreds of old bomb and fallout s...

Biotech Beauty or Biotech Beast?

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

Cleveland BioLabs keeps getting more and more government money. Will they ever bring their anti-radiation drug to market?

New York Dirty Bomb Security: Police Get Radiation Detectors

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Thousands of additional law enforcement officers within 50 miles (80 km) of New York City will have access to radiation detectors for dirty bombs and ...

Planning for Nuclear Terrorism as Well as the Flu

Arnold Bogis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arnold Bogis

Local officials should not delude themselves into thinking that existing plans for responding to dirty bombs can be simply expanded to deal with nuclear terrorism.

Pay No Attention to the Man Buying All that Cesium

Ross Hyzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ross Hyzer

Millionaire white supremacist James "Jimmy Spooge" Cummings was so upset about a mulatto being elected President that he set about making a dirty bomb in his house in Maine.

Hospitals' Nuclear Waste Problems Pose A Security Threat For US

AP | SEANNA ADCOX | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

BARNWELL, S.C. — Tubes, capsules and pellets of used radioactive material are piling up in the basements and locked closets of hospitals and res...