Nuclear Industry Summit puts emphasis on material security

The 2016 Nuclear Industry Summit and Nuclear Security Summit will take place March 30 through April 1 in Washington, D.C.

The 2016 Nuclear Industry Summit (NIS 2016) will take place in Washington, D.C. at the Grand Hyatt Washington from Wednesday, March 30-Thursday, March 31. The 2016 Nuclear Industry Summit Expo will take place from Thursday, March 31-Friday, April 1 at the Walter E. Convention Center, site of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS 2016).

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is an organizer of the international events.

During NIS 2016, hundreds of CEOs and industry leaders from around the world will confer about finalizing actions from previous Nuclear Industry Summits and address three key areas: (1) Securing the Use, Storage and Transport of Strategic Nuclear and Radiological Materials; (2) Managing the Cyber Threat; and (3) the Role of the Nuclear Industry Globally.

Nuclear materials are used in everything from electricity generation and national security to agricultural applications, conference organizers said in a March 1 conference call with reporters.

“Cyber-attacks are substantial and continue to increase over time,” said Jack Edlow, the president of Edlow International.

Speakers at the Nuclear Industry Summit on March 30 will include: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amanobio; former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) who is now Co-Chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI); NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel; World Institute for Nuclear Security Executive Director Roger Howsley, Ph.D., and others.

There will also be a panel discussion among nuclear industry CEOs.

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