The has announced grants totaling more than $3 million in support of efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism and strengthen global nuclear security.
Ten organizations were awarded grants in support of their efforts to build expertise in framing and analyzing nuclear security policy issues, informing decision makers about nuclear security issues, and communicating effectively with policy makers and the public. Recipients include the , which was awarded $145,000 to study methods to reduce the amount of highly enriched uranium used in the naval sector; the , which will receive $400,000 to analyze ways to improve private-sector counter-proliferation efforts in the global supply chain; the , which was awarded $345,000 to investigate North Korea's response to counter-proliferation sanctions and recommend ways to improve U.S. policy toward North Korea; and the , which will receive $315,000 to develop risk-reduction strategies for maritime shipping and air transport services in the Middle East and Asia.
"Nuclear terrorism is a credible possibility that requires sound security policies to prevent," said MacArthur Foundation president Robert Gallucci. "The only strategy that will reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism significantly is to keep fissile material out of dangerous hands. These grants support some the leading institutions with the expertise needed to strengthen nuclear security around the globe."