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Global nuclear policy experts discuss emerging technology, nuclear non-proliferation

[2019.11.07, Thu 20:03] "The risk of a nuclear weapon being used somewhere in the world is probably trending in the wrong direction," said Ernie Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and co-chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit that works to prevent nuclear catastrophe. Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz convened a public panel at the Hoover Institution on Tuesday evening to examine how recent technology and global demographics impact the proliferation and use of nuclear weapons. Among the technological advances identified were drones and multi-spectral imagery, which help nations gain visual insights into where nuclear weapons are being developed, and the digitization of data, which allows for data mining for early detection of risky proliferation behavior. Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator from Georgia and founder of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, brought a Congressional and military perspective to the issue of growing nuclear proliferation. Nunn also noted the role of nuclear technology as a dual-use item - referring to both the civilian and military uses of nuclear power - and encouraged international military-to-military discussion. "The chances of a nuclear war by blunder greatly exceeds the chances of a calculated, pre-mediated nuclear attack," Nunn said, " have a moral obligation to the world to communicate so that we don't get into a WWI-type scenario. Currently, nuclear deployment is expected within five to six minutes of the President issuing a nuclear command.
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