C. M. Marianno, W. S. Charlton, R. MacNamee, K. Unlu, R. C. Lanza,
"Designing a Nuclear Security Education Program for the Global Threat Reduction Initiative,"
Transactions of the American Nuclear Society
, Vol. 105, Washington, D.C., October 30–November 3, 2011
On May 26, 2004, the National Nuclear Security Administration
launched the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), a
collaborative program aimed at securing vast stocks of dangerous
nuclear material scattered around the globe. GTRI is achieving its
mission through three key subprograms: Convert, Remove, and
Protect. These subprograms provide a comprehensive approach to
denying terrorists access to nuclear and radiological materials.
The GTRI program has been effective in enhancing security; however,
in order to ensure the sustainability of these programs, a pipeline
of human resources with sufficient education and skills must be
provided. The sustainability of GTRI and other nuclear security
programs will also rely upon innovative new ideas for solving their
complex problems. Academia provides a proven venue for stimulating
these solutions. Building on earlier efforts of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, GTRI is working with Texas A&M University
(TAMU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) to establish a sustainable
Nuclear Security curriculum. The schools have worked together to
develop syllabi and have divided up tasking to develop the classes.
It is envisioned these courses will serve as a nuclear security
specialization for a Master's of Science degree or as a graduate
certificate in nuclear security.