For most of the Cold War, Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) kept the superpowers and the handful of other states with nuclear weapons in check. In the last few decades, the rise of global terrorism and the expanding availability of nuclear technologies for use by rogue states have made this MAD strategy obsolete. Despite the fact that an estimated 16,000 nuclear warheads exist today, the issue of nuclear proliferation has largely fallen from public consciousness in the United States.
The series will explore a critical dilemma: Most of the world agrees that nuclear weapons should never be used, yet we maintain a nuclear arsenal that could destroy the planet. The nuclear security sector could greatly benefit from an influx of innovators, experts and entrepreneurs accustomed to collaborative problem-solving in a highly networked world.
We wanted to surface new ideas, or to combine existing ideas in new ways, in order to reinvigorate a national conversation about this critical issue of updating nuclear security for the 21st century. To do this, we partnered with N Square, an organization committed to providing seed funding for the most promising ideas to arise in the Reinvent Nuclear Security series and other similar programs.