Obama's Curious New Nuclear Policy

On June 10, the University of California, Berkeley became the lead institution of a multi-institution consortium tasked with supporting the United States’ nuclear non-proliferation mission through the training and education of experts in the nuclear field. The funding, $25 million over five years, will be provided by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi-autonomous agency within the Department of Energy. The National Science and Security Consortium will aim at ‘investing in the scientific and technical underpinnings of our programme’ in order to facilitate ‘implementing the president’s nuclear security agenda and to preventing nuclear terrorism or non-proliferation.’

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