Next Generation Nuclear Security Policy: Education, Research, and Experience

  • Erika Suzuki
  • Bethany Goldblum
  • Robert Brown
  • Stanley Prussin
  • Michael Nacht
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)


The Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) is a multi-institution initiative composed of seven universities and four national laboratory partners working collectively to train the next generation of nuclear security experts. The NSSC draws students and scholars together in unconventional ways, replacing the boundaries that separate disciplines with a more inclusive science-technology-policy interface. To address the need for knowledgeable practitioners in the nonproliferation field, education and training in nuclear security policy is accomplished via three major activities: First, Nuclear Security: The Nexus Between Policy and Technology is an innovative classroom experience offered jointly by the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the Goldman School of Public Policy to educate students on the policy and technological foundations of nuclear energy and weapons. Second, the Nuclear Policy Working Group was established to provide students beyond-the-classroom opportunities to collaboratively engage in interdisciplinary nuclear security policy research projects anchored in science and technology. Third, the NSSC collaborates with the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) to provide immersive education in nuclear security policy. Since 2011, NSSC students and faculty have participated in the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Boot Camp, an established multidisciplinary program offered by the NSSC and the IGCC designed to provide graduate students and mid-career professionals with the necessary tools to contribute to the debate on nuclear security policy.


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This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Award Number. DE-NA0000979. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or limited, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erika Suzuki
    • 1
  • Bethany Goldblum
    • 1
  • Robert Brown
    • 2
  • Stanley Prussin
    • 1
  • Michael Nacht
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Goldman School of Public PolicyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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