The Continuing Risk of Nuclear War: How Citizen Scientists Can Help Reduce the Threat

Friday, April 8, 2022 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presented by the UCF Department of Physics


Frank N. von Hippel
Professor and Co-Director Emeritus, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University

The danger of nuclear war never went away. U.S. and Russian strategic missiles remain in a launch-on-warning, which has become even scarier in this age of hackers. Both countries reduced from their Cold War levels, but each still has about 1500 nuclear warheads deployed on strategic ballistic missiles. Meanwhile, Putin has issued nuclear threats against NATO if it crosses an unspecified line in supporting Ukraine. And an offense-defense nuclear arms race is developing between the U.S. and China in the context of their confrontation over Taiwan.

What could go wrong?

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Following the colloquium, there will be an opportunity to discuss getting involved in advocacy efforts around this topic.

The American Physical Society is supporting the engagement of more independent physicists, physical scientists and engineers with this effort by cosponsoring a new Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction.

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