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LBJ School Associate Professor Alan Kuperman Participates in Nuclear Security Forum in Washington D.C.

Alan Kuperman AUSTIN, Texas-- Feb. 3, 2010-- LBJ School Associate Professor Alan J. Kuperman is working to help achieve President Obama’s objective to prevent bomb-grade nuclear material from falling into terrorist hands.  The President stated in his first State of the Union address, on January 27, 2010, “At April's nuclear security summit, we will bring 44 nations together here in Washington, D.C., behind a clear goal: securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years, so that they never fall into the hands of terrorists.

Just days later, on February 1, 2010, Kuperman was the leadoff speaker at a Washington, DC, event devoted to fostering this presidential objective, entitled “Getting Bomb-Grade Uranium Out of Civilian Hands: Toward the Nuclear Security Summit.”  The forum was hosted by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the Norwegian Embassy.

In his presentation, “The Threat Posed by HEU, and Legislation to Reduce Bomb-Grade Uranium Commerce,” Kuperman explained that some civilian facilities utilize bomb-grade uranium identical to that used in nuclear weapons, which raises unacceptable risks of nuclear terrorism.  He then outlined efforts to address this problem by the U.S. Congress – in the past (including by Kuperman when he was a Capitol Hill staffer), recently in legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, and in coming months through provisions that Kuperman predicted would be enacted.

Kuperman is Director of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Click here to download Kuperman's presentation.