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August 22,  2016
OPPORTUNITIES
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member Position
Center for Global Security Research, Livermore, CA

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.  We have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to carry out policy research on US extended deterrence and European or Asian security. This position is in the Center for Global Security Research. 

Note:  This is a one year Postdoctoral appointment.  Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

Visit here  to learn more about the position and apply.

Doreen and Jim McElvany Nonproliferation Challenge
The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Nonproliferation Review
Deadline: September 9th, 2016

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and its journal, the Nonproliferation Review, want to spur new thinking, specific recommendations, and policy initiatives in the nonproliferation and disarmament field. We'll publish the most outstanding new ideas and proposals and award a grand prize of $10,000, as well as a $2,000 runner's up prize.
 
This year's contest is open to those enrolled in a master's or doctoral program, or who have received their graduate or PhD degree no more than five years prior to the contest deadline.

Visit here  to learn more and apply.

Call for Proposals for FY17-18 Funding
PASCC, BAA
Deadline: September 9, 2016 

The Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC) is now accepting project submissions in response to its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

PASCC will select a number of proposals for research and dialogues for FY16-17 funding. We are particularly interested in proposals for research on the following topics:

  *   Proliferation of WMD/WME (defined to include nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, as well as other high-casualty or high-disruption weapons that might have "strategic" effects)
  *   Future technologies of mass effect
  *   WMD/WME employment methodologies and delivery systems
  *   Management, prevention, and response mechanisms/regimes
  *   Multi-domain threats to strategic stability

Please note that PASCC does not fund training or studies aimed at the development of new technologies. Issues related to conventional forms of terrorism and topics whose primary focus is on cyber security are also outside of its purview.

Detailed instructions for submitting white papers are included in the two BAAs available at grants.gov 
If you have questions about the BAA or the application process, 
please email:  10CONS.PASCC@us.af.mil
NEW REPORT
American Nuclear Diplomacy: Forging a New Consensus to Fight Climate Change and Weapons Proliferation
Daniel Poneman, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
August 4, 2016 

Today, we face two existential threats: nuclear annihilation and catastrophic climate change. Each stems from human origins. Both must be fought aggressively.  Multiple studies confirm the grim truth that, even if all nations fulfill their Paris Climate Agreement emissions pledges, the world will still far overshoot the 2°C warming limit scientists say we must not exceed to prevent devastating climate impacts.  Carbon-free nuclear energy can help close the gap. But can we expand its environmental benefits without increasing the risks of nuclear terror?

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THE UNITED STATES
Neglecting Nuclear Security in the 2016 Election
Jeff Murphy and Chris Kruckenberg, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
August 19, 2016 

Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates  once said, "[W]hen you're asked what keeps you awake at night, it's the thought of a terrorist ending up with a weapon of mass destruction, especially nuclear."  He isn't the only public servant to feel this way; nuclear threats have haunted US leaders since the United States used the first atomic weapons and realized others could do the same.

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LANL Plutonium Project Called 'A House of Cards'
 Mark Oswald, Albuquerque Journal
August 12, 2016 

The U.S. Government Accountability Office is raising questions about whether a project underway at Los Alamos National Laboratory can meet a mandate to ramp up production of plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons - a key part of the federal government's effort to modernize the nation's nuclear arsenal over the next two decades.
        

Matthew Bunn: U.S. Will Be Isolated If It Violates JCPOA
Javad Heirannia, Tehran Times
August 10, 2016 

Matthew Bunn, a specialist in nuclear security at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, believes that the U.S. will isolate itself it violates the terms of the international nuclear deal with Iran.
         
NORTH KOREA
The Korean Compromise to Come
Andrei Lankov, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
August 15, 2016 

There will be no resolution of the North Korean nuclear impasse as long as denuclearization is cast as the only acceptable solution. Sure, proponents of sanctions and pressure will peddle their arguments for years and even decades to come. Believers in an "Iranian-style" diplomatic solution will do the same. But one can be fairly certain by now that no degree of economic pressure, no economic reward, will persuade North Korean decision makers to surrender their nuclear weapons-which they see as their only security guarantee. 

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SOUTH KOREA
Will South Korea Go Nuclear?
Robert Einhorn and Duyeon Kim, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
August 15, 2016 

North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January led to renewed calls in South Korea for the country to build its own nuclear arsenal. Comments by high-profile politicians, conservative media outlets, and some academics are a source of much concern in Washington and the international security community. But these highly publicized, pro-nuclear reactions from a small minority provide a misleading impression of the likelihood that the Republic of Korea will actually pursue its own nuclear capability.

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NUCLEAR POWER
Nuclear Power Plant? Or Storage Dump for Hot Radioactive Waste?
  Robert Alvarez, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
August 11, 2016 

In addition to generating electricity,  US nuclear power plants are now major radioactive waste management operations, storing concentrations of radioactivity that dwarf those generated by the country's nuclear weapons program. 
        

Abandoned City of Pripyat
Atlas Obscura
August 2016 

The ghost town left by the worst nuclear disaster of all time is being taken over by nature and urban explorers. When one thinks of Chernobyl, vacation spot is certainly not the first thing to come to mind. However, more than two decades after the terrible reactor meltdown, tours of the contaminated towns surrounding the infamous reactor are gaining in popularity.
        
ARMS CONTROL AND DETERRENCE
Half-Measures Won't Stop Missile Proliferation
  Masako Ikegami, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
August 15, 2016 

Could the threats posed by missiles be reduced, as my roundtable  colleague WPS Sidhu suggests, if nuclear-armed nations adopted no-first-use policies and de-alerted their missile forces ? Certainly. 
        

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