General Lab Information

Nonproliferation Policy and Implementation Group

The Nonproliferation Policy and Implementation Group supports the nuclear nonproliferation policy capability of the U.S. government through training and analysis of international nuclear safeguards issues and the formulation of recommendations as input to the U.S. government’s development of safeguards policy. The group plays a pivotal role in advancing U.S. international nuclear security interests on behalf of the U.S. government.

The group supports the safeguards activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA faces many challenges such as essentially flat budgets, increasing work load as more nuclear facilities come on-line, greater reliance on safeguards information and advanced technologies, and increased effort to detect undeclared nuclear activities and procurement networks. All of these challenges require new and innovative safeguard’s approaches and policy formulations in order for the IAEA to successfully meet its safeguards verification mandate.

Specific activities include the following.

Safeguards and Arms Control Support

Support to the NNSA Office of International Nuclear Safeguards through policy development and systems studies, development and delivery of training courses, and student education and outreach improve the capabilities of the global international safeguards community and the IAEA Department of Safeguards.

Annual delivery of a summer course for graduate students and early- and mid-career professionals entitled “Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards and Security in the 21st Century.” The course is available to individuals from the U.S. and other countries who would like to learn about the field. It has been oversubscribed each year and has generated enthusiasm from the field.

Preparation and distribution of a comprehensive textbook about the IAEA safeguards system, the challenges it confronts, and its role in the nuclear nonproliferation regime: Deterring Nuclear Proliferation: The Importance of IAEA Safeguards.

International cooperation with partner countries to advance nuclear security interests.

Design of training programs for U.S. government agencies on intercultural preparedness for professionals working in nuclear safeguards, nonproliferation, security and safety.

Engagement with countries that are newcomers to the community of nuclear power users to assist them in understanding and fulfilling their commitments under the treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the Additional Protocol.

Characterization of proliferation attributes of molten salt reactor (MSR) designs and associated fuel cycles, and implementation of Facility Safeguards Assessment (FSA) methodology in their evaluation.

Undergraduate and graduate internships for nuclear engineering, international nuclear safeguards technology and policy, and nuclear nonproliferation students in the Nonproliferation and National Security Department. See Opportunities for Students for more information.

Group Members