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Title: The Future of Nuclear Archeology: Reducing Legacy Risks of Weapons Fissile Material

This report describes the value proposition for a "nuclear archeological" technical capability and applications program, targeted at resolving uncertainties regarding fissile materials production and use. At its heart, this proposition is that we can never be sure that all fissile material is adequately secure without a clear idea of what "all" means, and that uncertainty in this matter carries risk. We argue that this proposition is as valid today, under emerging state and possible non-state nuclear threats, as it was in an immediate post-Cold-War context, and describe how nuclear archeological methods can be used to verify fissile materials declarations, or estimate and characterize historical fissile materials production independently of declarations.
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Journal Name: Science and Global Security, 22(1):4-26
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
Fissile material, plutonium, Highly Enriched Uranium, Nuclear Weapons