14 Jan 2019

How the US and China collaborated to get nuclear material out of Nigeria — and away from terrorist groups

Over the past 6 months and through peak tensions in the U.S.-China trade war, the U.S. cooperated with China and several other countries to remove enriched, weapons-grade uranium out of Nigeria at risk of theft by terror groups or other malicious actors. While the facility did not contain enough of

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31 Aug 2018

Missing Iridium poses dirty bomb threat: Enhancing regional nuclear security in Southeast Asia

“The recent case of a missing radioactive device in Malaysia highlights the significance of nuclear security in Southeast Asia. Enhancing nuclear security cooperation is needed to address Southeast Asia’s nuclear security challenges and weak nuclear security culture. An industrial device containing radioactive material reported missing by Malaysian authorities on 20

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30 Aug 2018

To prepare for urban warfare, soldiers train for chemical attack, mass disaster response in Detroit

“As the Army and top leaders look to a potential urban fight in dense, dangerous and confusing terrain, their National Guard counterparts are working the complexities of urban response right now. Recently, troops with the 46th Military Police Command of the Michigan National Guard began a three-year effort to respond

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11 Jul 2018

Radioactive material stolen from vehicle in Mexico City

A container of Iridium-192, a radioactive material used in construction and manufacturing, was stolen from a supplier’s vehicle in a borough outside of Mexico City. There have been a number of similar thefts in Mexico in the past few years and, while most of the materials have been recovered, they

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13 Oct 2013

Radiological Terrorist Attack Fact Sheet

Terrorist use of an Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD) — often called “dirty nuke” or “dirty bomb” — is considered far more likely than use of a nuclear explosive device. An RDD combines a conventional explosive device — such as a bomb — with radioactive material. It is designed to scatter

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12 Aug 2011

“Dirty Bombs”: Technical Background, Attack Prevention and Response, Issues for Congress

Congress has long sought, through legislation and oversight, to protect the United States against terrorist threats, especially from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. Radiological dispersal devices (RDDs) are one type of CBRN weapon. Explosive-driven “dirty bombs” are an often-discussed type of RDD, though radioactive material can also be

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