Nuclear Security

Nuclear Security

The Problems and the Road Ahead

Authors: George P. Shultz, Sidney D. Drell, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunn
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1805-7
Publication Date: 9/1/2014

Concern about the threat posed by nuclear weapons has preoccupied the United States and presidents of the United States since the beginning of the nuclear era. Nuclear Security draws from papers presented at the 2013 meeting of the American Nuclear Society examining worldwide efforts to control nuclear weapons and ensure the safety of the nuclear enterprise of weapons and reactors against catastrophic accidents. The distinguished contributors, all known for their long-standing interest in getting better control of the threats posed by nuclear weapons and reactors, discuss what we can learn from past successes and failures and attempt to identify the key ingredients for a road ahead that can lead us toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

The authors review historical efforts to deal with the challenge of nuclear weapons, with a focus on the momentous arms control negotiations between President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. They offer specific recommendations for reducing risks that should be adopted by the nuclear enterprise, both military and civilian, in the United States and abroad. Since the risks posed by the nuclear enterprise are so high, they conclude, no reasonable effort should be spared to ensure safety and security.

 AUTHORS: Sidney D. Drell is a senior fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution and professor of theoretical physics emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University. Henry A. Kissinger was national security adviser and secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford and is currently chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm. Sam Nunn is the cochairman and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and a former US senator from Georgia. George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution and former US secretary of state.

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George P. Shultz

George Pratt Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and the world of business. He is one of two individuals to have held four different federal cabinet posts; has taught at three of this country’s great universities; and for eight years was president of a major engineering and construction company. Shultz was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth US secretary of state, serving until January 20, 1989.

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Henry A. Kissinger

Henry A. Kissinger was national security adviser and secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford and is currently chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm.


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Sam Nunn

Sam Nunn is the cochairman and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and a former US senator from Georgia.


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Sidney D. Drell

Sidney D. Drell is a senior fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution and professor of theoretical physics (emeritus) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Stanford University.

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