By Major General George A. Buskirk (Ret.) and Alexandra Toma
April 10, 2013, 5 a.m.
Their first task should be passing two counter-terrorism treaties that would enhance our ability to protect nuclear materials and apprehend extremists intent on using them. As retired Army Maj. Gen. Roger R. Blunt puts it, “Two treaties with very complicated names but very straight-forward goals will equip our security and intelligence communities with tools they need to better prevent attacks.” The Convention on the 2005 Amendment to the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and the 2005 International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism are supported by our military leaders, as well as by legislators on both sides of the aisle. It’s high time to pass them.
Major General George A. Buskirk (Ret.) served in the National Guard from 1978-2004 and is adjunct general for the Indiana Army and Air National Guard. Alexandra Toma is a Truman National Security Fellow and founder of the Fissile Materials Working Group.