Important Nuclear Security Progress Now in Jeopardy, According to 2018 NTI Index
- WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- After years of progress on nuclear security, the fourth edition of the NTI Nuclear Security Index finds that the steps countries have taken to reduce the threat of catastrophic nuclear terrorism are jeopardized by a deterioration of political stability and governance, an increase in corruption, and the expanding presence of terrorist groups around the world. The 2018 NTI Index also finds that many countries remain poorly prepared to defend against rapidly expanding and evolving cyber threats to nuclear facilities.
At the same time, the biennial NTI Index finds that despite these growing risks, progress to secure, minimize, and eliminate the world's deadliest materials—as well as to ensure the security of nuclear facilities—has accelerated since 2016. Today, 22 countries have weapons-usable nuclear materials, compared with 32 when the first NTI Index was released in 2012. In the past two years, Argentina and Poland have joined the list of countries that have removed or disposed of all highly enriched uranium within their territories.
In another positive development, of the 44 countries and Taiwan that have nuclear facilities where an act of sabotage could cause a dangerous release of radiation, 78 percent improved their Sabotage Ranking scores by implementing greater on-site physical protection, enhanced insider threat prevention, improved response capabilities, and other security measures. However, the NTI Index, which is produced with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and serves as a critical resource and tool for assessing global nuclear security, shows substantial room for improvement in this area and finds a troubling deterioration in the risk environment in a quarter of the countries with nuclear materials or facilities that could be targeted.
The complete news release, full data, country profiles, and a new score simulator are available at www.ntiindex.org.