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The Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Training Program

The Public Policy and Nuclear Threats program is designed to cover important issues in U.S. nuclear strategy and policy, supported by an understanding of the scientific foundations of this policy.

The program consists of three components:

1) an intensive summer boot camp;

2) an annual conference planned and run by past PPNT Fellows, typically held in Washington, D.C.; and

3) a network of some 140 past PPNT Fellows, nuclear policy experts, lab personnel, and others interested in the global issues surrounding nuclear policy.

History

"Public Policy and Nuclear Threats: Training the Next Generation" (PPNT) started as a PhD training program for students throughout the UC system, funded through NSF's competitive Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program. 

The current program is  funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) via the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) headquartered at UC Berkeley.

The program was designed to encourage UC PhD students to study public policy and technology issues related to nuclear weapons,  re-engage UC departments in research on the same, foster the interests of current students and enable the recruitment of additional top students, and promote cooperation between the campuses and the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories.

The current PPNT program is open to all graduate students and professionals interested in studying  important issues in nuclear policy and gaining an understanding of the scientific foundations that inform them.