The FMWG Steering Committee includes the following experts, who can comment on nuclear security:
- Kenneth N. Luongo, President, Partnership for Global Security (co-chair)
- Miles Pomper, Senior Research Associate, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (co-chair)
- Irma Arguello, Founder and Chair, NPSGlobal Foundation
- Andrew Bieniawski, Vice President, Material Security and Minimization, Nuclear Threat Initiative
- Matthew Bunn, Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University
- Kingston Reif, Director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy, Arms Control Association
- Sharon Squassoni, Director and Senior Fellow, Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Paul Walker, Director, Security & Sustainability, Global Green USA
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Fissile Material Working Group (FMWG), a coalition of leading nuclear security experts, urges G-8 leaders meeting in Deauville, France this weekend to renew their commitment to address the spread of materials and weapons of mass destruction across the globe. The G-8 has an important role in halting what has been recognized as one the top threats to global security: nuclear terrorism.
FMWG experts are available for press interviews during the G-8 summit.
The FMWG emphasizes the continued importance of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction which France, the United States, and other G-8 partners established at Kananaskis, Canada in 2002.
The Kananaskis pledge was “10 plus 10 over 10” – a multinational pledge of $10 billion from the US and $10 billion from other countries over ten years (2002-2012) to work with Russia and former Soviet countries to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and related materials.
Kenneth Luongo, co-chair of the FMWG and president of Partnership for Global Security, highlights the importance of the Global Partnership going forward: “The G-8 is facing a unique and important opportunity. The Global Partnership should be a global resource for nuclear security and be sustained with global resources. With additional funds from G-8, G-20, and other nations, the Partnership can facilitate significant improvements in nuclear material security in key locations around the globe. This can be done on a unilateral, bilateral, or multilateral basis, including through linkage to important security objectives and initiatives raised in the Nuclear Security Summit process.”
FMWG co-chair and executive director of Connect U.S. Fund Alexandra Toma pointed to the leadership role France can play in addressing the threat: “We are encouraged to see that France wants to promote the importance of the Global Partnership during its G-8 presidency. With leadership from France and the other G-8 nations, this important tool will continue to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, particularly to terrorist networks.”
“The G-8 has an opportunity and a responsibility this week to extend, enhance, and build upon the coordinated effort they and other Global Partners have been making to improve global security,” said Matthew Bunn, FMWG steering committee member and Associate Professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Co-Principal Investigator for The Project on Managing the Atom. “The goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world within four years, which all of the G8 leaders agreed to at the nuclear security summit, will not be met unless countries make the needed resources available.”
FMWG members collaborate to create consensus behind top fissile materials priorities, develop actionable policy proposals, and package recommendations for implementation by U.S. and foreign government officials. For more information, visit www.fmwg.org.