NTI releases radiological terrorism report
The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) has released a Radiological Security Progress Report, detailing the threat of radioactive dirty bombs, the key findings of their report and the challenges that remain.
The report begins with the reality that “the probability of a terrorist detonating a dirty bomb is much higher than that of an improvised nuclear device (IND) because of the widespread availability of radiological sources”.
At the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), world leaders recognised the growing threat and put an important spotlight on the issue of radiological security. 23 countries committed to securing their most dangerous radiological sources by the end of 2016.
NTI’s Radiological Security Progress Report finds that 22 of those countries have already either met their commitment or are on track to do so by the end of the year, demonstrating significant progress toward reducing the risk. Additionally, progress has been made over the last 10 years to better secure radiological sources through efforts by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and various national and international programs.
For the NTI’s findings and recommendations, read the full report.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, MD CBRN Avon Protection Systems, wrote an article this week for The Telegraph on whether Britain should be worried about ISIL detonating a dirty bomb.
Time Magazine published an article (subscription only) discussing the threat of ISIS obtaining dirty bomb (or radiologic) materials.
Our CEO, Julian Enoizi attended the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit.