CONCERTED STRATEGIES FOR MANAGEMENT OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL IN NORTHEAST ASIA

David F. von Hippel and Peter Hayes August 17, 2017  I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, David von Hippel and Peter Hayes conclude that: “management of spent fuel will, or should, if incentives are properly structured, be decided by non-economic criteria, actual and perceived radiological risk from spent fuel management approaches becomes a more critical factor […]

JAPAN SCENARIOS: VULNERABILITY TO TERRORISM OF NUCLEAR SPENT FUEL MANAGEMENT

JOAN DIAMOND, PETER HAYES, DAVID VON HIPPEL August 11, 2017 I. INTRODUCTION   In this essay, the authors present three bold, creative stories about possible non-state nuclear terrorist attacks involving nuclear spent fuel in Japan.  These were: a) Frustrated North Koreans attack spent nuclear fuel in Japan; b) Frustrated civil society actors instigate spent fuel […]

WOULD THE MILITARY REALLY HAVE TO OBEY A TRUMP COMMAND TO FIRE A NUCLEAR WEAPON?

August 4, 2017 Anthony J. Colangelo  I. INTRODUCTION In this essay Anthony Colangelo concludes: “An order to use a nuclear weapon instead of a conventional weapon when the same military advantage can be gained by either gives rise to a duty to reject that order. To do otherwise and follow the order would constitute a war […]

EXCELLENT KOREA OPTIONS FOR THE LONG TERM

James Goodby     August 1, 2017 I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, James Goodby argues that there are excellent options for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program “but these can become visible only if one approaches the problem posed by North Korea with the long view in mind.”  These include the steps needed to end […]

A STRATEGY FOR DEALING WITH NORTH KOREA

Leon V. Sigal July 28, 2017   I. INTRODUCTION In this essay, Leon V. Sigal argues that North Korea’s unbounded weapons program “poses a clear and present danger to U.S. and allied security. That makes it a matter of great urgency to negotiate a suspension of its nuclear and missile testing and fissile material production […]

STRENGTHENING NUCLEAR SECURITY SYSTEM AGAINST INSIDER THEFT OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL

Masahiro Kikuchi July 14, 2017   I.  INTRODUCTION In this essay, Mahiro Kikuchi concludes that: “Quantitative and timely evaluation system for detection of protracted theft by insider should be built in the NMAC as an essential part of its function. All people including not only the national competent authority but also top management and staffs […]

METAL CASK STORAGE AS COMPARED WITH POOL STORAGE OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL IN JAPAN

Toshiari Saegusa July 7, 2017 I.  INTRODUCTION   In this essay, Toshiari Saegusa reviews the evolution of nuclear spent fuel (SF) storage technology and in particular, the safety, economic, and security issues associated with use of dry cask storage for nuclear spent fuel.  He concludes: “From technical and economic points of view, SF needs to be […]