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About the Nuclear Security Project

The Nuclear Security Project (NSP) is an effort to galvanize global support for and action on the vision of a world without nuclear weapons and the urgent steps needed to reach that goal. Four U.S. senior statesmen - former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Defense Secretary William J. Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn - joined together to form the Project in the wake of the Wall Street Journal op-ed in 2007 which has reframed the terms of the global debate on nuclear issues. The NSP is coordinated by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a Washington-D.C.-based non-governmental organization, in cooperation with Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

The steps include:

  • Work with leaders of countries with nuclear weapons to turn the goal of a world without nuclear weapons into a joint enterprise.
  • Discard Cold War posture of deployed nuclear weapons for U.S. and Russian forces to reduce the danger of accidental or unauthorized launch.
  • Substantially reduce nuclear forces in all countries that possess them.
  • Eliminate short-range battlefield nuclear weapons designed to be forward deployed.
  • Adopt a process to bring the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into effect.
  • Secure all nuclear weapons and materials globally to the highest possible standards.
  • Develop a new international system to manage the risks associated with producing fuel for nuclear power.
  • Halt the production globally of plutonium and highly enriched uranium for weapons purposes; phase out the use of HEU in civil commerce and remove weapons-usable uranium from research facilities around the world and render it safe.
  • Redouble efforts to resolve regional conflicts that give rise to new nuclear powers.
  • Strengthen verification and enforcement capabilities.

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