Nuclear materials
The threat of worldwide nuclear destruction has been greatly reduced by the fall of the former Soviet Union. However, threats have increased from rogue nations and terror groups that are trying to acquire radioactive material. Since 1993, the International Atomic Energy Agency has logged some 2,000 cases of illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive material. Security experts warn that if terrorists have the opportunity and acquire enough radioactive material to make a “dirty bomb” -they will use it. Since 1992, we have spent more than $10 billion to secure Soviet weapons and nuclear material under the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program. This program has also paid the salaries of thousands of former Soviet weapons engineers, scientists and technicians to prevent them from working for rogue states. It is suspected that a former Soviet lab worker helped Iran develop its nuclear program. In 2009, 41 nations had weapons-usable nuclear material. President Obama then said that preventing nuclear terrorism was a top security priority. Today, thanks to these efforts, there are only 31 of these states. More than 3,000 pounds of weapons-usable nuclear material has been removed from nations such as Austria, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Poland, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Uzbekistan. Even so, advocates claim the threat from “loose nukes” and dirty bombs has not disappeared. They say we need to continue efforts to secure nuclear material and prevent it from getting into the wrong hands.

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