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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.

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