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Working with a wide-ranging community of experts and stakeholders, the Future of Nuclear Power project provides timely commentary and analysis on the relevance of nuclear power to US national security interests and on the role of nuclear energy in the global energy transition.

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Leveraging its broad network of experts, the Future of Nuclear Power project produces in-depth research and reports to help governments, industry, and civil society understand and navigate the geopolitical implications of nuclear energy exports, the development of new nuclear technologies, and the promotion of nuclear energy as a source of clean power.

NEW ISSUE BRIEF: The value of the US nuclear power complex to US national security

Based on conservative estimates of the value it provides due to human capital, dependability of the energy supply, vibrancy of the supply chain, and contributions to green power—the civilian nuclear energy industry contributes at least $42.4 billion annually to the pursuit of US national security priorities.

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The Nuclear Energy and National Security Coalition (NENSC) works to address the challenges present at the intersection between nuclear energy and national security, serve as a clearing house for information and analysis on the topic, and support programming to increase awareness and interest.

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US Capitol building

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank is a national security imperative

The US House of Representatives is voting this week on a long-term reauthorization of the US Export-Import Bank. While a fully functional Ex-Im Bank is important for the competitiveness of many US exporters, it is essential for certain industries of strategic importance, including nuclear energy and space, and US security interests associated with these exports are also linked to the ability of Ex-Im Bank to support them.

EnergySource by Amb. Thomas Graham, Jr. and Admiral Richard W. Mies

Economy & Business Nuclear Energy
Nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

What is the value of the US nuclear power complex to US national security?

Nuclear energy provides critical economic, energy security, defense, foreign policy, scientific, technological, and environmental benefits. In the US, the civilian nuclear energy industry contributes at least $42.4 billion annually to the pursuit of US national security priorities.

EnergySource by Becca Hunziker

Economy & Business Geopolitics & Energy Security

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

The civilian-military nexus and the role of innovation in nuclear energy event recap

On October 15, 2019, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosted a roundtable discussion, as part of the Nuclear Energy and National Security Coalition (NENSC), to discuss the role of nuclear energy innovation in the civilian-military nexus.

Event Recaps by Global Energy Center

National Security Nuclear Energy
nuclear submarine and military members

Mon, Oct 14, 2019

The value of the US nuclear power complex to US national security

Based on conservative estimates of the value it provides due to human capital, dependability of the energy supply, vibrancy of the supply chain, and contributions to green power—the civilian nuclear energy industry contributes at least $42.4 billion annually to the pursuit of US national security priorities.

Issue Brief by Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Jr. and Bart Oosterveld

Economy & Business National Security

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

The civilian-military nexus and the role of innovation in nuclear energy

A private roundtable discussion with the Nuclear Energy & National Security Coalition (NENSC) on the synergies between the civilian and military nuclear energy sectors.

2:00pm Washington DC

Mon, Aug 5, 2019

Bell in Utility Dive: Ohio nuclear and coal bailout is a loss for nuclear power and the climate

In the News by Atlantic Council

Nuclear Energy Renewables & Advanced Energy

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Nuclear energy in context: What we’re reading

The current discourse around nuclear energy reflects the extent to which the stakes have grown higher, both for environmental impact and US national security.

EnergySource by Amb. Thomas Graham, Jr. and Admiral Richard Mies

Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy

Mon, Jun 10, 2019

A call for action on US nuclear leadership: Reflections on the Atlantic Council’s task force report

The Task Force focused on saving the existing nuclear fleet, innovation and development of new advanced reactors, challenges in the global market, and the nuclear fuel cycle and security concerns.

EnergySource by Robert F. Ichord, Jr

Americas Energy & Environment

Thu, May 23, 2019

What is the state of US nuclear energy leadership?

Throughout 2018, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center convened a “Task Force on US Nuclear Energy Leadership,” comprised of civilian and military experts in foreign policy, defense, and nuclear energy, with Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) as honorary co-chairs, to address the national security implications of the decline of the US nuclear […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Becca Hunziker

Americas Energy & Environment

Mon, May 20, 2019

US nuclear energy leadership: Innovation and the strategic global challenge

A flourishing domestic nuclear energy sector is critical to US national security, both in the interconnections between military and civilian uses of nuclear energy, as well as in foreign policy.

Report by Atlantic Council Task Force on US Nuclear Energy Leadership

Nuclear Energy United States and Canada