Educating Americans on Nuclear Security

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A Q&A with Janne Nolan of the Nuclear Security Working Group

The United States is projected to spend almost $350 billion on its nuclear forces over the course of the next decade, but public understanding among Americans on issues related to nuclear security are cause for concern. GW Research Magazine recently sat down with Nuclear Security Working Group Founder Janne Nolan for a frank discussion on the current state of nuclear security, international norms and her recommendations for how to better educate the American public on the issue.

The Nuclear Security Working Group is made up of scholars, government officials and experts who consult with lawmakers on matters relating to nuclear security, policy, legislation, material, and weaponry. The organization has played a pivotal role in legislation around nuclear security issues, including the 2010 START Treaty between the United States and Russia, and more recently, the international nuclear agreement with Iran.