Vice President’s Distinguished Lecture
Hear world-renowned experts whose ideas shape their fields
US Nuclear Non-Proliferation Program, its Challenges, and the Role of a Research University
National Nuclear Security Administration
October 17, 2016
Anne Harrington serves as deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The mission of the NNSA is to maintain and enhance the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; work to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provide the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Under Anne Harrington’s leadership, her staff are on the front lines fighting nuclear terrorism and proliferation every single day, keeping us safe at home and abroad.
Anne presented an overview of U.S. non-proliferation policies and supporting activities, including:
- Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)
- Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)
- Actions taken since the fall of the Soviet Union, particularly Cooperative Threat Reduction (Nunn-Lugar), and more recently the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran
Anne’s lecture also included insights into how the U.S. and international community address weapons of mass destruction security threats, and the role that university research plays in supporting the NNSA’s mission.
About the lecture series
The Distinguished Lecture Series invites world-renowned experts to WSU to share ideas and spark conversations around research that addresses society’s biggest challenges. Invited lecturers are leaders in their fields and have ties to WSU’s Grand Challenge research priorities: sustaining health, sustainable resources, opportunity and equity, and national security.
Fall 2016 lectures will feature experts from the Department of Energy. Their presentations will cover topics that include supercomputing and biomedical research, and insight into U.S. and international non-proliferation policies.
More information on spring lectures coming soon