Combating complacency. Strengthening nuclear security implementation on the ground. Bolstering frameworks for international nuclear security cooperation. Sustaining nuclear security leadership. Nuclear security around the world has improved dramatically over the last three decades—which demonstrates that with focused leadership, major progress is possible. But important weaknesses remain, and the evolution of the threat remains unpredictable. The United States and countries around the world need to join together and provide the leadership and resources needed to put global nuclear security on a sustained path of continuous improvement, in the never-ending search for excellence in performance.
President Trump, like Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton before him, has emphasized the dangers of nuclear terrorism and the need for nuclear security action to address them.
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The world community has made substantial progress in improving security for nuclear weapons and the materials needed to make them since the early s, including through the nuclear security summits in We all owe a debt of gratitude to the countless men and women who labored to make those improvements happen. But as this report will describe, dangerous terrorist threats and important nuclear security weaknesses remain that must be addressed.
The goal must be excellence in nuclear security performance. But excellence is not a fixed finish line that will be reached at a set time, but a never-ending journey; nuclear security must always be improving, to respond to evolving threats, changing technologies, and newly uncovered vulnerabilities. There are five areas of nuclear security we see as particularly critical:. We envision a world in which all countries with nuclear weapons, HEU, separated plutonium, or nuclear facilities whose sabotage could cause a major radioactive release have strong programs in place in each of these five areas.
In the remainder of this report, more than two years after the end of the nuclear security summits, we offer an assessment of the evolving nuclear terrorism threat; the current state of progress in achieving this vision of nuclear security; and the remaining weaknesses to be addressed. We then offer recommendations for action to revitalize progress toward the vision of excellence in nuclear security performance. Complacency, secrecy, bureaucracy, concerns over national sovereignty, competing priorities, political disputes, organizational challenges, and limited resources all pose important obstacles to nuclear security progress.
We hope that our recommendations will help in overcoming those obstacles, but they will remain constraints on what can be done for many years to come. Our conclusions offer both good news and bad news. That conclusion parallels those of other assessments. But momentum is clearly slowing, raising serious doubts as to whether national leaders are fulfilling their commitment to continue to make nuclear security a priority. High-level political attention to driving nuclear security forward and overcoming obstacles has largely faded, international mechanisms for fostering nuclear security action and cooperation have not managed to fill the gap created by the end of the nuclear security summits, and political disputes continue to impede efforts to sustain or expand cooperation in crucial areas especially between the United States and Russia.
At the same time, stockpiles of nuclear weapons and materials in countries such as North Korea, Pakistan, and India continue to grow and to shift in directions that increase dangers—such as expanded numbers of tactical nuclear weapons. Additionally, new and evolving technologies and capabilities in the hands of those who wish to steal weapons-usable nuclear material present increasing threats to many nuclear facilities around the globe. If countries do not take urgent action to make strengthening nuclear security a priority, performance will falter and the risk of nuclear terrorism will likely grow in the coming years.
Our approach is complementary to other recent assessments of nuclear security progress. First, we focus on how countries are implementing the five key areas described above. Second, we assess how international initiatives and organizations related to nuclear security are contributing to progress in these areas. Third, we evaluate the inputs countries are putting in to strengthen global nuclear security, from budgets to the time and attention of senior officials.
Finally, we recommend strategies for regaining nuclear security momentum. That recommendations section includes recommendations for strengthening national implementation in the five key elements of our vision for nuclear security; bolstering international cooperative frameworks; expanding inputs to global nuclear security—and, crucially, for countering complacency about nuclear security—perhaps the most serious impediment to nuclear security action.
Assessing progress in nuclear security is a difficult and uncertain business. Many of the specific security measures for nuclear weapons, weapons-usable materials, and major nuclear facilities are understandably secret—no one wants terrorists to get information that would help them succeed in carrying out nuclear theft or sabotage. What is more, there are no agreed measures of the effectiveness of nuclear security at particular sites. Others, such as improving training and strengthening security culture at a facility, may be equally important but are much more difficult to assess.
In the past, when the United States was paying to install major upgrades in security measures in various countries, an obvious measure was the fraction of the relevant buildings or bunkers where the upgrades had been completed. In most though not all cases, the U. Assessing progress in this new era will require deeper thought about the best progress indicators to use, and greater tolerance for uncertainty. Moreover, in the absence of nuclear security summits, data from progress reports by summit participants will no longer be available, adding to the difficulties of assessment.
As discussed in the next section, the evolution of the threat is also highly uncertain. Its rapid rise, coupled with the real but modest nuclear security progress since the summit, made it appear that nuclear security progress might not be keeping up with the evolving threat. This sense was reinforced by the collapse of U. Both the threat and nuclear security progress have changed again in the more than two years since then, but in ways that make net judgments as to whether risk is increasing or decreasing highly uncertain.
Rather than clear progress in risk reduction, we have an uncertain picture, with continuing but slowing nuclear security progress, ongoing expansion of nuclear programs in Pakistan, India, and North Korea, and a threat picture whose current state is murky and whose future evolution is unknown.
Where the future threat is uncertain—but potentially substantial—it is all the more important to take action to ensure that those future adversaries cannot get their hands on the devastating power afforded by nuclear weapons or their essential ingredients. A building at a Pakistani naval aviation base burns during an attack by a substantial group of well-armed, well-trained militants, apparently with insider help, in May Nuclear weapons and materials must be protected against comparable adversary capabilities and tactics.
President George W. Some argue that the absence of a nuclear detonation during those years is evidence that the threat has been exaggerated. Assessing the danger of an unprecedented event is tricky. An act that has never occurred is literally vanishingly rare, but is it impossible?
Answering several questions can add structure to the analysis, and objectivity to necessarily speculative reasoning. What could be plausible acts of nuclear terrorism and what would be their consequences? What means, motive, and opportunity exist for nuclear terrorism? What trends affect the threat, to what net effect versus our state of security in the recent past? A terrorist bent on a nuclear or radiological attack could choose among several options.
Each poses different challenges for the attacker and consequences for the target:. Detonating a nuclear explosive, while the most difficult for terrorists to accomplish, would also be by far the most devastating. The consequences of such an attack have been detailed many times. For public policy purposes, it suffices to understand that they very likely would be more momentous than any other single act of violence in human history. Depending on the location, size, and efficiency of the weapon, tens or even hundreds of thousands of people might die; as many or more would be seriously injured.
One coarse but plausible estimate held that half a million people might be killed in such an attack on Manhattan. The radiation from a dirty bomb, by contrast, might not kill anyone immediately, but could make an extraordinarily expensive mess, imposing tens of billions of dollars in economic disruption and cleanup costs. The effects of sabotage of a nuclear facility would depend on the nature and success of the attack, but would likely range between the other two types of attack in severity, in a worst case contaminating large areas in ways that could require evacuating them for decades, as the Chernobyl accident did.
The difficulty of successful and high-impact sabotage would also be intermediate. This report focuses primarily on preventing the potentially most catastrophic form of nuclear terrorism—detonation of a nuclear device—but action is needed to reduce the other dangers as well, and the most important preventative steps are parallel, in many cases. No one knows what the real odds of nuclear terrorism are. Graham Allison recently reiterated his view that the probability of a nuclear detonation caused by terrorists within ten years is slightly better than While it is useful to try to clarify the plausibility of the threat, the debate about probability can be misleading in two ways.
First, the laws of probability were developed to describe random events—not malicious, intelligent, and determined human beings. If, on the other hand, terrorists took such focused action and were successful in surmounting the physical and technological obstacles—which would not be random or independent occurrences—as well as in avoiding determined efforts by governments to stop them, a nuclear detonation would occur.
Similarly, the odds of a nuclear detonation at Alamogordo in July were zero before the Manhattan project, and certain or close enough for public policy purposes after it. It is designed to help analysts communicate the plausibility of the threat—to reduce a series of complex ideas to a single number. But given that the actual chance of nuclear terrorism is unknown, it may be more helpful to assess whether or not the conditions necessary for nuclear terrorists to succeed exist, or may develop in the future, and if so, what can be done to redress them.
That is the approach we take in the remainder of this chapter. In any case, given the scale of the consequences—which would be almost unimaginably catastrophic—even a small risk of the occurrence should be mitigated. Whether one metaphorically believes the odds of a terrorist nuclear detonation are closer to even or to one in a hundred, from a public policy perspective, action is warranted, especially given that preventive activity is cheap, when compared to what states routinely spend to guarantee their security.
One method of assessing the danger of nuclear terrorism is to employ the forensic technique analyzing means, motive, and opportunity, prospectively instead of retrospectively. The most likely means for detonating a nuclear explosion would be theft of weapons-usable nuclear material, either HEU or plutonium. Several lines of evidence suggest that this is a serious concern. First, we have empirical evidence of past security failures for such material, as there are nearly 20 well-documented cases in the public record from in which stolen plutonium or HEU has been seized.
Moreover, because in all but one of the cases the site from which the material was stolen has not been publicly confirmed, there can be no independent certainty that the leaks have been permanently plugged indeed it is not clear that the missing material was even noticed at the facilities from whence it came.
In some cases, the seized material was described as a sample of a larger quantity for sale that was never recovered and which may still be available. While many of these cases occurred in the s, when nuclear security was undermined by the dissolution of the Soviet Union, governments in Europe also seized stolen HEU or plutonium in , , , and The absence of publicly disclosed seizures for seven years is encouraging, but it is too early to infer that the problem is solved. In addition to instances of nuclear theft, there have been also important security incidents in recent years indicating there continue to be threats to nuclear facilities around the world.
Second, security assessments and tests continue to reveal important vulnerabilities, in the United States and elsewhere. Third, non-nuclear criminal thefts and terrorist attacks continue to occur that use tactics and capabilities that the security systems at many nuclear facilities would be hard-pressed to defend against—ranging from substantial teams of heavily armed, well-trained attackers, to insider conspiracies, to the use of vehicles such as helicopters to get past multiple layers of site security systems.
Fissile material is not the only plausible target. In theory, it would also be possible for terrorists to attempt to steal a nuclear weapon from a state arsenal. Nuclear weapons, however, are large, countable objects that are generally very well secured and often equipped with electronic locks or other features that would make it difficult to detonate them without authorization, though thieves might ultimately be able to overcome those features or use the nuclear material in the weapon to build a bomb of their own.
There have, however, been worrisome incidents. As those incidents suggest, tactical nuclear weapons systems present a particular risk of theft, especially when they are out of garrison. Pakistan and India are both fielding tactical nuclear weapons, and as will be discussed later in this report, the terrorist threat environment in both countries is severe, particularly in Pakistan. While neither India nor Pakistan have suffered major terrorist attacks on nuclear weapon storage facilities, in both countries, large terrorist teams with apparent insider help have succeeded in seizing portions of major military bases for hours at a time.
The motive for nuclear terrorism is also well established. The most dangerous types of terrorist organizations appear to be apocalyptic groups seeking to bring about the end of the world such as the Japanese terror cult Aum Shinrikyo and groups with immense political ambitions, in some cases including the defeat of superpowers, for which very powerful weapons might be needed such as al Qaeda, some Chechen terrorists, and the Islamic State.
Ours is an age of unlimited terrorist ambition. Aum Shinrikyo released sarin nerve gas in Matsumoto and in the Tokyo subway in and attempted to acquire both nuclear and biological weapons. Opportunity , in the case of nuclear terrorism, would be created by assembling the technical means to fabricate, transport, and detonate a device, once sufficient nuclear material or a weapon had been stolen. As early as , U. National Intelligence Estimates assessed that sophisticated terrorist groups would be capable of causing a nuclear explosion, were they able to steal sufficient fissile material or a state-produced weapon.
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The disruption caused by relentless military and covert operations against them has certainly made it more difficult for either al Qaeda or the Islamic State to pursue complex, sustained efforts like a nuclear program. Violent Extremist Groups. It is now seven years since the death of Osama bin Laden, and many see al Qaeda as too damaged to have any hope of obtaining fissile material and fabricating it into a workable nuclear bomb.
In recent years, there has been little evidence of core al Qaeda actively directing even much simpler large-scale conventional attacks against the United States, as opposed to merely lending its brand and advice to regional affiliates that are now more powerful. As for the Islamic State, with its geographic caliphate in Iraq and Syria largely defeated, some see it as not capable of implementing attacks that go much beyond suicide bombings or driving vehicles into crowds of people. As far as is publicly known, the Islamic State never did anything with the dangerous radiological sources in the territory under its control which have since been recovered , even as it manufactured both conventional and chemical weapons.
There is certainly an element of truth to these perspectives. Several troubling caveats should, however, be remembered. First, both of these organizations may be motivated to find ways to carry out a spectacular attack to reestablish themselves as leaders of the global jihadist movement.
Indeed, they may become more accepting of risk out of desperation. Second, unfortunately, the number of people involved in a project to make a crude terrorist nuclear bomb might be relatively small. Both al Qaeda and the Islamic State have regional affiliates in several countries, any one of which could be home to a small team working to fashion a nuclear device—and both have more than once proven to be resilient in the face of sustained attacks. Fourth, it is worth remembering the speed with which new threats can arise, and the difficulty of detecting and addressing them before it is too late.
In January , the U. Director of National Intelligence did not mention the Islamic State in his summary of the threats facing the United States.
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In another significant example of intelligence failure regarding terrorists bent on mass destruction, little attention focused on the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo's pursuit of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons until after it launched a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in In short, it is reasonable to believe that the blows dealt to al Qaeda and to the Islamic State over the past decade have reduced the chance that a terrorist group will combine the intent and the capability to pursue nuclear or radiological terrorism.
They have not, however, eliminated that risk, and the risk could increase again in the future, potentially with little warning. Rapid Radicalization and Insider Threats. The internet has changed how individuals and groups communicate and learn. It gives instantaneous global reach to ideas and information—both benign and malign. Regarding the latter, the problem applies broadly to societies defending themselves from violent extremism, but also specifically to guarding against attacks by once trusted individuals.
According to one study:. A German intelligence study of German citizens who left Germany to fight for terrorists found that of those for whom the German government could get data about half , over 40 percent left within one year of when their radicalization began, rising to 60 percent after the Islamic State declared its caliphate. The development of an interest in political violence rarely relied on the internet alone, however—like-minded friends and people the budding radicals met at mosques were usually quite important in the process.
The revolutionary transformation in the nature and severity of the insider threat caused by rapid radicalization is particularly important to nuclear security because:. Skilled insiders can cause more damage and steal radioactive material more easily than outsiders can. All known cases of nuclear theft appear to have involved insiders, as did several cases of sabotage. The prospect of a terrorist insider has therefore long worried governments and should continue to do so.
These dangers were underscored by two incidents at the Doel-4 nuclear power reactor in Belgium. In the first to be discovered in , an unknown insider opened a locked valve and allowed the lubricant for the turbine to drain out, wrecking the turbine and shutting down the plant for months. As the investigation of that sabotage proceeded, investigators discovered that two years earlier and hence unrelated to the sabotage , two employees had left to fight in Syria. One of the two, Ilyass Boughalab, left after his background checks were completed and following three years of work at the plant, including access to sensitive areas.
As incidents of espionage within the U. However, rapid and difficult-to-detect radicalization fostered by internet communications has presented new challenges—ones which personnel reliability programs so far have failed to address reliably. New Technologies.
In the struggle between would-be nuclear terrorists and those that seek to thwart them, new technologies, or novel applications of old ones, present significant challenges. These technologies in the hands of adversaries will likely pose an increasing threat to nuclear facilities over the next decade. For self-evident reasons, this report will not detail specific ways new technologies could be employed against nuclear facilities.
Nonetheless, technologies of concern include:. Material in bulk form, particularly powders presents particularly difficult security challenges. Materials accountability measures must be very stringent to detect diversions of small quantities over time. All but one of the cases in which fissile material has been seized outside of authorized control involved relatively small amounts of material in bulk form. Hence, a growing number of bulk processing facilities increases the threat of diversion. New such facilities are planned, under construction, or newly on line in China, India, Japan, and Pakistan.
An estimated U. Burglaries of non-nuclear facilities believed to be highly secure often reveal important lessons for protecting nuclear weapons-usable material against theft. The audacious Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company heist in downtown London, thought to be one of the largest burglaries in British history, is a good example.
The criminal group that carried out the heist spent months planning at a nearby pub. They devoted substantial resources to intelligence collection, spending hours observing the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company from across the street, and apparently recruiting an insider who worked at the facility. They even studied the book Forensics for Dummies , looking for tips on how to avoid leaving DNA evidence.
It was Easter weekend, so nobody was expected to be in the bank for days. At around pm, the crew, who were disguised as workmen, parked in a white van around the corner from Hatton Garden. Once in the basement, they disabled one set of alarms so they could retrieve their equipment from their van parked outside, but they accidentally set off another alarm. Security guards arrived at the scene but did not detect the burglars, since they did not look in the elevator shaft; the guards declared it a false alarm.
Just past midnight on Friday, the thieves began cutting through the vault wall. After breaking through the concrete, they hit the back of the metal vault. About eight hours later, unable to penetrate the metal, they left the facility, but they had not given up. On Saturday, April 4, the gang returned after having purchased new equipment. They descended the elevator shaft once again and resumed drilling. The hole they finally drilled to gain access to the vault was 20 inches deep, 10 inches high, and 18 inches wide. The gang also took the security camera that monitored the area and the hard drive where its images were stored—but another camera the gang did not notice recorded them entering and exiting the area.
The gang was under police surveillance mere days after the heist because one of the robbers had used his own white Mercedes car to scout the location on the night of the crime. The gang was arrested within weeks when they tried to gather to divide what they had stolen.
Nevertheless, only about a quarter of the stolen items have been recovered. This incident offers several lessons for nuclear security. First, theft or attack attempts by a group of well-equipped, well-trained outsiders, with active assistance from an insider and months of intelligence collection and planning, are a credible threat. Second, detection, in the form of an alarm being triggered, is not enough if guards fail to assess correctly that an intrusion is underway. Third, protected areas such as vaults require ongoing surveillance.
Fourth, once material is out of regulatory control, it can be very difficult to recover it. As discussed earlier, it is very difficult to assess the likelihood of an event that has never occurred. It is, however, easier to analyze relative dangers. Since our last report in To minimize risk in this uncertain future, continuous and determined efforts to improve security continue to be essential.
The nuclear security summit process that took place from through resulted in unprecedented international cooperation focused on reducing nuclear theft and terrorism risks. That effort built on two decades of previous work, with many countries and international organizations or political groupings taking part. Global efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism have continued after the summits ended. As described below, countries are strengthening national regulations, enhancing security culture at nuclear facilities, and taking further steps to protect against both insider and outsider threats.
Despite overall weaknesses in the regime, support for international legal instruments underpinning the global nuclear security efforts continues to grow. In the past two years, few national leaders have focused on improving nuclear security; international political interest in nuclear security is waning.
Some of the countries that face particularly substantial risks have sharply constrained their international nuclear security cooperation, arguing that what they do about nuclear security is their business. Since , existing international forums for discussing nuclear security do not appear to have made substantial steps in broadening acceptance of existing commitments and initiatives; strengthening implementation of those commitments and initiatives; or developing and launching new nuclear security ideas.
There is clearly more nuclear security work to be done. As the saying goes, not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. But it is much harder to assess the real, on-the-ground effectiveness of security and accounting measures for particular nuclear facilities or transports. As discussed in the first section of this report, lack of agreed measures of nuclear security, lack of consensus on how much nuclear security is enough, secrecy, and other issues make nuclear security progress difficult to assess.
The purpose of nuclear security should be to sustainably reduce the risk of nuclear theft and terrorism to the lowest practicable level. But we have no direct measure of that risk—which involves the interplay of the effectiveness of security and accounting measures and the capabilities and tactics adversaries might deploy to defeat them.
No one really knows what the chances are that adversaries would try to steal nuclear material or cause a major radioactive release from any particular nuclear site or transport. No one really knows what the chances are that such adversaries would use particular tactics or capabilities. No one really knows what the chances are that the security system in place would succeed in stopping such an attempt.
No one really knows what the chances are that if adversaries managed to steal nuclear material they would make and detonate a nuclear bomb, or what the chances are of different levels of radioactive release resulting from sabotage or attack. Various types of analysis, assessment, and testing can help in making estimates of what the answers to these questions might be, but the uncertainties are high. Since resources for security are inevitably limited and it is impossible to protect against every imaginable threat, a substantial element of judgment is involved in trying to assess whether additional security investments are needed.
Nuclear security systems have to be designed to take different threat environments and national contexts into account. A nuclear security system that reduced risk to a low level in Canada, for example, might leave substantial risks unaddressed if applied to identical nuclear operations in Pakistan, given the different threat environment there.
Nevertheless, it is important to come up with indicators of nuclear security progress that are as related as possible to real risk reduction, to guide nuclear security efforts and priorities.
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An imperfect overall indicator—and some important sub-indicators. The best overall indicator of nuclear security progress—though still quite an imperfect one—would be the percentage of sites with nuclear weapons, HEU, or separated plutonium that have either a been eliminated entirely, or b have sustainable nuclear security systems in place that have demonstrated, using in-depth vulnerability assessments and realistic performance tests, that they can protect against the full spectrum of plausible threats.
That indicator assesses, in essence, the fraction of the relevant sites whose risk has either been eliminated or reduced to a low level. Several sub-indicators would be useful in assessing how far sites had come toward having strong, sustainable nuclear security systems in place, based on the five key areas of nuclear security outlined in the introduction to this report. In particular, what fraction of the sites and transports around the world with nuclear weapons or weapons-usable nuclear materials, or whose sabotage could cause a major radioactive release have:.
International nuclear security programs such as those sponsored by the U. Governments should seek to assess nuclear security progress with this overall indicator and these sub-indicators. Unfortunately, however, the publicly available information is insufficient for the authors of this report to do so fully. Nevertheless, states have made public some information about actions they have taken or plan to take in each of these five key areas of nuclear security.
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In this section, therefore, this report will assess progress in national-level nuclear security implementation in each of these five areas. After that discussion, the report will assess how international frameworks for nuclear security cooperation and elements of nuclear security leadership are contributing to progress in these areas. While we offer assessments of the overall state of progress, we focus particularly on the progress and obstacles encountered in the two years since the last nuclear security summit.
A range of international instruments calls on states to provide security for their nuclear stocks and facilities that will provide effective protection against their estimate of the adversary threats their nuclear operations might face. How are states doing in following these calls for nuclear security measures commensurate with the threat?
Most nations with nuclear weapons-usable material have a process in place for assessing the threat and establishing what particular tactics and capabilities operators of different types of nuclear facilities or transports should be required to defend against known in some cases as the "design basis threat" or DBT. But there is no international agreement on what adversary capabilities and tactics should be included in DBTs.
Moreover, countries typically keep their DBTs confidential, even from each other, so that strengthening DBTs to cover the full spectrum of plausible threats has not been a major focus of nuclear security cooperation to date.
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Nonetheless, some governments have made some information about how they have strengthened their DBTs public. In progress reports at the Nuclear Security Summit, Finland announced it was revising its national DBT to include cyber threats; Hungary announced that it had already made such a revision; the Netherlands announced that it was implementing a new DBT, and would update its DBT for cyber threats; Nigeria, Ukraine, and Switzerland all announced that they were updating their DBTs; and Poland announced that it was updating its regulations related to its DBT, which were expected to enter into force in There is a potential that the current system may not meet the goal of preventing sabotage.
Perhaps most important, in , China published a draft of strengthened nuclear security regulations for public comment, after review by the State Council. The new security regulations include a variety of other strengthened requirements as well. Flirted With Its Own Chernobyl. Productivity improving technologies - Wikipedia. The outcome of the debate will affect not only the 23 countries of the two military alliances, but all the countries of Europe.
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Maintaining an effective nuclear deterrent is much less expensive than fighting a war that we were unable to deter. Additional funding. Ukraine s landmark decision to renounce nuclear weapons and to accede to the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state greatly contributed to the strengthening of security and stability in Europe and has earned Ukraine special stature in the world community. A long-term view of natural gas security in the European Union.
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From the earliest days of European integration, we found a steadfast partner. European leaders want desperately to preserve the nuclear deal, which they see as critical to regional security, but are powerless to stop the escalations that threaten. No warno nato sign this petition. Enhancing Our Security. Eventual integration into European security and economic. The US and Russia have a shared interest in further limiting their strategic arsenals by mutual agreement as modernisation is consuming large amounts of money.
Another area for agreement could consist of measures to prevent incidents with regard to military activities. Western norms and values challenged. The relative decline of the West is making it more difficult to promote the traditional Western norms of individual freedom, democracy and the rule of law. The greatest decline occurred in fundamental rights: 71 countries out of in total assessed.
The impact of populist parties can also be felt elsewhere in European countries. Growing complexity of threats. Future threat analyses point to a wide range of challenges to NATO — from high-end conflict to natural disasters — in a dynamic and ambiguous security environment.
Threats will be increasingly complex; uncertainty will dominate. Technological advances may also create ethical, moral and legal concerns. The grey zone between armed conflict and peace is another phenomenon that is to stay. State and non-state actors will both challenge Western countries.
Powerful states with modernised armed forces can threaten territory and lines of communication. The threat of state and non-state use of weapons of mass destruction will continue to grow; chemical and biological materials and technologies in particular are easy accessible in a globalised economy. Violent extremist groupings attacks will continue with a focus on the Middle East and Africa. Further dependency on the internet continues to offer scope for interruption of government services, key infrastructure and private business with a potential impact on security.
The risk of cyber attacks will continue to grow. NATO and the transatlantic relationship will be confronted by multiple challenges. To a large extent disorder within the Alliance is the product of political development within several member states, Turkey and the US in particular. In that sense NATO might be more threatened from within than from the outside. Several NATO countries in eastern Europe clearly consider the neonationalist Russia as the major security concern, while in southern Europe the instability and turmoil in the Middle East and Africa are judged to be the most important challenge.
Geography, history and national concerns predict continuity of this NATO divide. The Brussels Summit Declaration leaves no doubt on the number one priority: Article 5. Multinational high-end interventions will most likely be conducted in coalitions of the willing. A further shift of non-Article 5 operations to capacity-building training, assistance, security sector reform can be expected.
NATO partnerships, in particular with countries in the Middle East and Africa could be useful in this respect, but concentration rather than proliferation of partnerships might be the way to go in order to be effective. Smaller stabilisation-type operations form another category of possible NATO activity as well as maritime operations securing sea lines of communication, etc. Close coordination with the EU — carrying out the same sort of operations under the Common Security and Defence Policy — will be required.
Increasing military mobility — in the air, at sea, but in particular across land in Europe — remains a high priority, in which the EU will be of great importance. A more equal burden-sharing within the Alliance is considered one of the key factors to lowering transatlantic tensions over the future of NATO. Some analysts argue that higher defence budgets cannot be sustained in the future due to demographic trends.
Thus, there will be less state financial resources available for defence than today. They argue for measuring output. Furthermore, there is no output without input. Three other member states are expected to reach the norm by the end of the year Lithuania, Poland and Romania , bringing the total to eight. Therefore, the categorisation of countries might change.
A few countries have announced different targets. This represented 5. This represents less than 15 percent of the US defence budget. The US-Europe burden-sharing ratio would be percent. The number of permanently in Europe stationed US military has increased from 62, in last year of the Obama administration to 65, in The total amount of American military financed by the EDI amounts to more than 9, US participation in NATO exercises is increasing and there is a tendency to organise more big exercises. France : since the country rejoined the NATO integrated military structure in Paris has left no doubt on its commitment to the Alliance.