Rather than empowering other international organizations working toward nuclear security, the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) against its best intentions politicized what was previously a predominantly technical discussion. Although states included in the NSS undeniably made significant progress on nuclear security, the invitation process made the summits a flash point in Vienna, hampering attempts to extend summit follow-on initiatives beyond the 53 nations in attendance. While NSS achievements are remarkable for many states present, the controversy over exclusion—like the push for more action on disarmament—reflects a growing impatience among the majority of states for more diverse representation in the nuclear space.
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 4th Oct 2018 read more »
A grand jury in Pennsylvania has indicted seven defendants, all officers in the Russian intelligence directorate (GRU), for computer hacking, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering, including the attempted hacking of nuclear reactor company Westinghouse Electric Company. According to the indictment, beginning in or around December 2014 and continuing until at least May 2018, the conspiracy conducted “persistent and sophisticated computer intrusions” affecting US individuals, corporations, international organisations, and their respective employees around the world.
Nucnet 5th Oct 2018 read more »