Attribution: Post-Nuclear Event

The Georgetown University Institute for Law, Science and Global Security, in conjunction with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, hosted a panel discussion entitled, "Attribution: Post-Nuclear Event," on April 22 on Georgetown's Main Campus.

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Dr. Catherine Lotrionte, Associate Director of the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security, introduces the panelists and the topics of the discussion.

This event consisted of two panels, the first of which considered the realities of a nuclear event, such as the detonation of a nuclear weapon by terrorists in a populated urban center and focused on the ramifications of such a nuclear attack and how first responders and local authorities can best react in its aftermath.  The Second, the panel addressed the mechanics of attribution, which involves tracing the "nuclear signature" of fissile materials used in a nuclear explosion and identifying the facility that produced it.  


Dean Robert Gallucci of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service poses a question to the first panel.

The first panel was composed of Dean Robert Gallucci of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Dr. Randall Murch, Associate Director of Research Program Development at Virginia Tech, Mr. Paul McHale, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense, and former Director of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence at the Department of Energy and Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen. 


Chief Maniscalco introduces the second panel.

The second panel featured Chief Paul Maniscalco, Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, Ms. Laura Rockwood, Principal Legal Officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr. Henry Schuster, a 60 Minutes Producer, and Deputy Principal Associate Director for Programs/Global Security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Mr. Michael Carter.


Mr. Michael Carter of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory explains the mechanics of identifying the origin of fissile materials.