Monday, October 22nd – Partnership for a Secure America, the Arms Control Association, and Hudson Institute held the third and final event of The Nuclear Security Forum. Alarmed by nuclear smuggling and terrorist efforts to acquire WMD, world leaders have strengthened standards to protect dangerous materials but theft, trafficking, and terrorism remain potent problems. This briefing […]
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Friday, October 12th – Partnership for a Secure America, the Arms Control Association, Hudson Institute, and the National Nuclear Security Administration hosted the second event of the Nuclear Security Forum. This workshop explored U.S. government capabilities for preventing, detecting, and responding to nuclear and radiological terrorism threats. Attendees had the opportunity to engage directly with […]
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Thursday, October 4th – Authors of the report “Empowering Congress on Nuclear Security: Blueprints for a New Generation” presented the findings of their joint study and report to the Fissile Materials Working Group. The Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), is a coalition of 80 civil society organizations from around the world working to provide actionable […]
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Monday, September 17th – Partnership for a Secure America, the Arms Control Association, and Hudson Institute held the first event in a new series – The Nuclear Security Forum. The event explored the threats posed by terrorist organizations and rogue states, and the illicit trafficking networks they use to acquire nuclear material and technology.
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Thursday, July 26th – Partnership for a Secure America and the Arms Control Association launched an innovative, first of its kind report examining congressional activity on nuclear security at a private event on Capitol Hill. The report, Empowering Congress on Nuclear Security: Blueprints for a New Generation assesses current congressional staff attitudes about nuclear security and […]
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For Immediate Release: July 26, 2016
Media Contacts: Nathan Sermonis, Executive Director, Partnership for a Secure America, (202) 293-8580; Jack Brosnan, Program Associate, Partnership for a Secure America, 202-293-8580; Kingston Reif, Director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy. Arms Control Association, 202-463-8270 ext. 104; Tony Fleming, Director for Communications and Operations, Arms Control Association, 202-463-8270 ext. 110
(Washington, D.C.)—A new report from Partnership for a Secure America and the Arms Control Association reveals a concerning diminution of congressional leadership and interest in critical efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism.
The report, Empowering Congress on Nuclear Security: Blueprints for a New Generation, assesses current congressional staff attitudes about nuclear security and explores the role of Congress and case studies in congressional leadership on this issue. The report also offers action items for lawmakers in enhancing nuclear security efforts and reducing global stockpiles of nuclear materials.
“As the threat of nuclear terrorism continues to loom, America must maintain its leadership of global efforts to keep dangerous nuclear and radiological materials out of the wrong hands,” said Nathan Sermonis, Executive Director of Partnership for a Secure America. “Unfortunately, congressional interest has steeply declined with nuclear security faded from the headlines. We need, however, an all-of-government approach to advance the most effective measures against this threat.”
This joint report, made possible by funding provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, comes at a time when national attention on the security of nuclear and radioactive materials is decreasing even as these materials remain at risk from theft and more countries express interest in nuclear research and development.
“Despite significant progress in securing and eliminating nuclear materials around the world and the continued dedicated leadership role of several lawmakers, there is a need for Congress to play a more active role in shaping nuclear security policy,” noted Kingston Reif, Director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association. “We provide an important blueprint to build upon Congress’ historic bipartisan achievements on nuclear security and engage a new generation of policy advisers on Capitol Hill.”
To mark the publication of the report, Partnership for a Secure America and the Arms Control Association will be hosting an invitation-only event July 26 on Capitol Hill for congressional staff. The event will feature Ambassador Linton Brooks, Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, and General Frank Klotz.
For more information about the report, please contact Partnership for a Secure America at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 293-8580, or the Arms Control Association at email@example.com or (202) 463-8270 ext. 104.
The full report, Empowering Congress on Nuclear Security: Blueprints for a New Generation, is available online.
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On Thursday, February 2nd Partnership for a Secure America held a roundtable dinner discussion for a select group of Congressional staff to discuss the results of PSA’s ongoing work with the Arms Control Association to build bipartisan engagement and restore Congressional leadership on nuclear security.
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Washington, DC – Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is pleased to announce a new grant award from the MacArthur Foundation in support of an innovative bipartisan campaign to engage Congress on evolving nuclear security challenges around the world. This will be a joint program between PSA and the Arms Control Association (ACA). The award is part of a recent collaboration between the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) and the MacArthur Foundation to reduce nuclear risk through innovative and solutions-oriented approaches.
Partnership for a Secure America was selected along with 10 other grant recipients from a pool of 83 proposals.
This project seeks to improve Congressional interest and knowledge on the issue of nuclear materials security, in response to uncertain international cooperation following the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit last year. A key goal of the initiative is to catalyze enduring bipartisan commitment to this critical, yet increasingly-overlooked global threat.
“We are honored to receive this award from the MacArthur Foundation in support of PSA’s essential bipartisan work in Washington, DC,” said Nathan Sermonis, PSA Executive Director. “Capitol Hill has a crucial role to play in the nuclear security field, and we look forward to advancing bipartisan engagement among members of Congress and staff.”
In 2016, with the Nuclear Security Summit process coming to a close, Carnegie Corporation and MacArthur recognized that the progress started through the Summits remained fragile and much work was left to be done. The two foundations made a commitment – a “gift basket” pledge, in Summit parlance – to invest up to $25 million over two years “to secure nuclear materials and reduce the threat they pose.” This funding has gone toward nongovernmental efforts that provide new ideas; create opportunities for governments, industry, and civil society to collaborate; and hold stakeholders accountable.
More information about PSA’s work in bipartisanship, foreign policy, and national security can be found on our website.