SWU math and IR-40

Reporting indicates that Iran will concede to a compromise on the IR-40 reactor at Arak. They will “redesign” the research reactor to cut output to one-tenth the planned size (assume from 40MW to 4MW). In terms of material: The amount of plutonium the reactor will be able to yield will be reduced to less than 1 kg (2.2 […]

Technological innovation and weapon use

In the newest edition of The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris discuss the newest addition to the B61 family of nuclear weapons. They briefly describe the improvement: The Obama administration has approved an upgrade to the B61 nuclear bomb, one of the most versatile and numerous nuclear warheads in the US stockpile. The new type, […]

NPT PrepCom Visit

I am in New York this week to attend meetings and observe at the 2014 Preparatory Meetings for the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The meetings began last week, covering issues of disarmament and nonproliferation in the first week, and started with peaceful uses (Cluster 3) statements on Monday. There are several takeaways that I thought I […]

Japan’s Nuclear Policy

Norihiro Kato of Waseda University in Tokyo has a recent opinion piece in the NY Times, entitled Ambiguities of Japan’s Nuclear Policy. The OpEd argues that Japan has maintained a “technological deterrent” by having the breakout capacity to achieve a nuclear weapon quickly if so provoked. This is achieved by maintain the material to create a device […]

Sam Nunn Policy Forum

As those that follow me on Twitter are definitely aware of, yesterday was the biennial Sam Nunn Policy Forum at Georgia Tech. The purpose of the Forum is to bring together diverse array of scholars to discuss a major, developing policy issue. The statement of purpose from the website is: The Policy Forum is designed to […]

Debating the Thorium Fuel Cycle

A recent article in the Economist on the potential expansion of a Thorium-based nuclear fuel cycle to produce energy. While the article does provide an adequate summary of how thorium fuel cycle would operate, of few of the technical details are a bit lacking and do required additional nuance:. Such things include: no commercial reactors […]

Greetings and salutations

Welcome one and all to the magic that is my internet page/blog/salon (a la Revolutionary France). I have integrated my professional (read: advertising) site with a site on commentary, reflection, and research. I have been hesitant to do this for a long time, for fear that my opinion would negatively impact future job prospects, tenure, […]