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Title: How to Reinvigorate US Commercial Nuclear Energy

Abstract

United States policy and approach that underpinned the growth of global commercial nuclear trade and the development of a robust global commercial nuclear energy industry, while effectively addressing the threat of non-peaceful uses of commercial technologies, are in desperate need of modernization. Decades-old policies, incrementally evolved and implemented over the years, no longer provide the necessary bases for effective U.S. industrial engagement in global markets of increasingly complex strategic importance to U.S. national security interests and commerce. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of commercial nuclear energy, and the sixty-fourth year since the introduction of the ground-breaking Atoms for Peace program. Much has changed in over half a century; and U.S. leadership and influence in nuclear energy is now at a tipping point, with substantial new national security implications at stake. It is time to re-assess the national security equation for U.S. involvement in global nuclear trade, re-value our engagement based on a modern calculation of national security benefit from such engagement, and modernize our trade and related policies accordingly. In this paper, we review the relevant historical context, provide a modern national security structure and rationale from which to view U.S. leadership in commercial nuclear energy, and suggest actionsmore » that might be taken to enhance U.S. interests.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1462755
Report Number(s):
INL/JOU-17-41675
Journal ID: ISSN 0748-5492
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Issues in Science and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 34; Journal Issue: 2 (Winter 2018); Journal ID: ISSN 0748-5492
Publisher:
University of Texas at Dallas
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; Commercial Nuclear Power at Sixty

Citation Formats

Aumeier, Steven E., and Allen, Todd. How to Reinvigorate US Commercial Nuclear Energy. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Aumeier, Steven E., & Allen, Todd. How to Reinvigorate US Commercial Nuclear Energy. United States.
Aumeier, Steven E., and Allen, Todd. Mon . "How to Reinvigorate US Commercial Nuclear Energy". United States.
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abstractNote = {United States policy and approach that underpinned the growth of global commercial nuclear trade and the development of a robust global commercial nuclear energy industry, while effectively addressing the threat of non-peaceful uses of commercial technologies, are in desperate need of modernization. Decades-old policies, incrementally evolved and implemented over the years, no longer provide the necessary bases for effective U.S. industrial engagement in global markets of increasingly complex strategic importance to U.S. national security interests and commerce. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of commercial nuclear energy, and the sixty-fourth year since the introduction of the ground-breaking Atoms for Peace program. Much has changed in over half a century; and U.S. leadership and influence in nuclear energy is now at a tipping point, with substantial new national security implications at stake. It is time to re-assess the national security equation for U.S. involvement in global nuclear trade, re-value our engagement based on a modern calculation of national security benefit from such engagement, and modernize our trade and related policies accordingly. In this paper, we review the relevant historical context, provide a modern national security structure and rationale from which to view U.S. leadership in commercial nuclear energy, and suggest actions that might be taken to enhance U.S. interests.},
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