Tag: Nuclear security and policy

MIT political scientist Vipin Narang tapped for Pentagon role

Vipin Narang, an MIT professor of political science who specializes in nuclear security, was named as U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy on March 28. Narang will work as deputy to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy John Plumb.  “I’m honored to work with this outstanding team at the DoD […]

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Leveraging science and technology against the world’s top problems

Looking back on nearly a half-century at MIT, Richard K. Lester, associate provost and Japan Steel Industry Professor, sees a “somewhat eccentric professional trajectory.” But while his path has been irregular, there has been a clearly defined through line, Lester says: the emergence of new science and new technologies, the potential of these developments to shake […]

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Reviving war-game scholarship at MIT

War games and crisis simulations are exercises where participants make decisions to simulate real-world behavior. In the field of international security, games are frequently used to study how actors make decisions during conflict, but they can also be used to model human behavior in countless other scenarios.  War games take place in a “structured-unstructured environment,” […]

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Building technological tools for nuclear disarmament

Mentorship has played a central role in the twists and turns of Associate Professor Areg Danagoulian’s life. As a boy, it led him first to mathematics, where a passionate teacher and mentorship from his parents instilled in him a love for the subject. He then followed in the footsteps of his physicist parents and became […]

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A look at how countries go nuclear — and why some do not

In 1993, South Africa announced to a largely surprised world that it had built nuclear weapons in the 1980s, before dismantling its arsenal. For the first time, a country outside of the elite world powers had obtained nuclear capabilities while keeping matters a secret from almost everyone else. To this day, South Africa remains the […]

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