Nuclear problem: Security

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Literature Review: Security problem for Nuclear

This “Ten Problems for Nuclear in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. cost, 
  2. climate change,
  3. fission,
  4. fusion,
  5. waste,
  6. security,
  7. proliferation,
  8. accidents,
  9. applications,
  10. outer space.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

6 Security

THE PROBLEM — Nuclear security purpose is preventing the catastrophic human, political, and economic effects that would accompany any use of nuclear explosives. Few tasks could be more important than keeping nuclear weapons and their essential ingredients out of terrorist hands. The lifetime of a nuclear facility extends from the earliest planning stages through to its decommissioning. Novel technologies can benefit nuclear security and emergency preparedness in multiple ways but also pose new security risks.

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CONCLUSIONS — Nuclear security is unquestionably the responsibility of each state. The world community has made substantial progress in improving security for nuclear weapons and their essential ingredients since the early 1990s. The destabilizing impacts of emerging technologies in the nuclear realm come from the fact that these technologies compound the risks of close calls, mishaps and misunderstandings. It is important to consider nuclear security early in the design of new facilities and during partial redesigns or modifications. The nuclear industry, like other major sectors, has been considerably impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, complicating the delivery of security. A unified big data analytics framework for nuclear security in the context of a data management point of view should work at both facilities/operators and state level. To optimize the use of unmanned systems for nuclear security purposes, some challenges still need to be overcome. For over 40 years, physicists have considered possible uses for neutrino detectors in nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, and fissile materials security. Smart nuclear systems represent a promising alternative to traditional nuclear implementations. Additive manufacturing may make it harder to differentiate military from civilian motives.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Nuclear in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

booklet updated on 20 Jul 2021, now on sale as version 1.1

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