Contact: Kara Villamil, or Mona S. Rowe
FOR RELEASE JUNE 24, 1998
UPTON, NY - As concerns about global nuclear proliferation and terrorism escalate, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has opened a new center where scientists will work together to solve technical problems related to international security issues.
Called the Center for International Security Studies, the new effort will be funded by private foundations and housed in BNL's Department of Advanced Technology.
The center builds upon BNL's existing strengths in the technical aspects of international security, especially nuclear nonproliferation. DOE currently funds $25 million in nonproliferation and national security research at BNL.
For example, Brookhaven scientists are currently working with former Soviet states to safeguard nuclear materials using special devices and techniques developed at BNL.
The center's director, Dr. Mark Sakitt, has already begun planning a workshop for college teachers on nuclear nonproliferation. It will be held at BNL and funded by the National Science Foundation.
Also planned are summer institutes for students planning to enter the security field, an internship program for academic researchers already involved in the field, and a visitors program to bring experts to BNL.
"Through this new center, we hope to encourage a new generation of technically trained people to enter this exciting field, to enhance the understanding and teaching of this subject in academia, and to enrich our existing staff and programs through interactions with people of diverse backgrounds," said BNL Director Dr. John Marburger.
BNL's technically oriented international security center will complement policy-oriented ones at other institutions, notably Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Collaborations among researchers at all three are expected.
A list of the center's advisory board members follows.
Dr. Victor Alessi, President, DynMeridian. Former Chief of the Office of Strategic Affairs, Arms Control Disarmament Agency. Former Head, Office of Arms Control & Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of Energy.
Dr. Coit Blacker, Senior Fellow, Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. Former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Former Senior Director for Russian, Ukrainian & Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council.
Dr. Frank von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Former Assistant Director for National Security, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. Former Chair, research arm of the Federation of American Scientists.
Dr. Harvey Sapolsky, Professor of Public Policy and Organization, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Director of MIT's Security Studies program. Former member, Galvin Commission. Former consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Dr. Jeremiah Sullivan, Professor of Physics, University of Illinois. Member, Board of Directors, Arms Control Association. Member, Committee on International Security Studies, American Academy of Arts & Sciences.