The National Security Implications of the U.S. Commercial Nuclear Industry

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As part of its nuclear energy roundtable series, the Global America Business Institute (GABI) has the honor and privilege of hosting Commissioner William C. Ostendorff to lead a roundtable discussion on the national security implications of the U.S. commercial nuclear sector.

The nuclear power sector differs significantly from other energy sectors in that it uniquely and directly affects U.S. national security on a number of fronts. Nuclear’s ability to generate carbon-free, reliable baseload generation contributes greatly to energy security, a requisite for national security. Moreover, the commercial nuclear industry promotes a robust nuclear-literate workforce and vigorous university nuclear science and engineering programs, upon which the U.S. naval propulsion program and nuclear weapons complex also rely. Perhaps most importantly, a healthy U.S. nuclear industry that is active in export markets helps maintain high standards in nuclear safety, security, and nonproliferation internationally–an important consideration given the increasingly competitive global nuclear marketplace.

The roundtable is off-the-record. Lunch will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Alan Ahn at alanahn[at]

Speaker Bio

Commissioner William Ostendorff is former Commissioner at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and presently serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. Commissioner Ostendorff has been confirmed by the United States Senate on three occasions to serve in senior administration posts in both Republican and Democratic administrations. He served as Principal Deputy Administrator at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in the Bush Administration (2007-2009) and as a Commissioner at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (2010-2016) in the Obama Administration prior to joining the Naval Academy faculty. At the NRC, Commissioner Ostendorff was a strong proponent of regulatory technical competence. He was considered by many to be a key leader on the Commission in the areas of post-Fukushima regulatory decision-making and in both physical and cybersecurity of commercial nuclear facilities. During his over six years as a Commissioner, he testified before Congress on twenty-six occasions and gave over 180 speeches in the U.S. and abroad on nuclear safety and security.


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