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NewsOctober 16, 2019

Nuclear energy in space: nonproliferation risks and solutions

NASA is developing nuclear reactors for the surface of the moon and Mars, and it recently tested one using nuclear weapons-grade uranium, despite U.S. nonproliferation policy to eliminate civilian use of such material worldwide.

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Media MentionOctober 1, 2019

Push for nuclear power in space sets off proliferation debate

NASA could place human missions to the moon or Mars in political jeopardy if it opts to use highly-enriched uranium as a power source in space, warns a leading specialist on nuclear proliferation.

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Media MentionAugust 13, 2019

America's little-known mission to dupport Al Qaeda's role in Libya

The rebellion in Libya was led by Islamist veterans of wars in the Middle East. Thus, the United States and its allies, not realizing it at the time, intervened to support a group of terrorists, writes LBJ Professor Alan Kuperman. 

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Media MentionJune 27, 2019

Kuperman: Luria erred on nuclear fuel decision

Dr. Alan Kuperman discusses the need for Congress to fund naval fuel research. His commentary comes on the heels of a recent amendment, offered by Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), to remove research funding from the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

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NewsMay 30, 2019

Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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NewsApril 17, 2019

Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research: April 23, 2019

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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NewsDecember 12, 2018

LBJ student researchers recommend phasing out controversial plutonium fuel in first-of-its-kind energy study

Nuclear power plants traditionally use uranium fuel, which is relatively safe and uncontroversial. However, seven countries around the world have also used fuel made of plutonium, which is controversial because it causes cancer, may be used in nuclear weapons, and is very expensive to purify and manufacture into fuel. So why do these countries produce and use such dangerous fuel and what has been their experience?

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Media MentionJuly 13, 2018

Opinion: How not to reduce Japan's plutonium stockpile

In an opinion piece for Kyodo News, Alan J. Kuperman, associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, discusses the looming deadlines facing Japan regarding its stockpiles of Plutonium and what plans may be best to ease nuclear tension in the region. 

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Media MentionMarch 13, 2018

The U.S. Navy should start weaning its reactors off bomb-grade uranium

It’s not often that a U.S. Navy secretary declines money from Congress, but that’s what Richard Spencer is doing with $30 million that lawmakers want him to spend on developing a new type of nuclear propulsion system. Mr. Spencer should reconsider — for the good of the Navy, nonproliferation efforts, and national security, says LBJ Professor Alan Kuperman. 

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Media MentionFebruary 13, 2018

Target Austin: two minutes to midnight

LBJ Professor Alan Kuperman on how to survive a nuclear attack in Austin. 

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