Vienna Adjunct Faculty Member in Middle East with CTBTO

| November 26, 2014

Webster University adjunct faculty member Phil Moran is currently in the Middle East documenting efforts to uncover a possible nuclear weapons test. Moran and his team are working with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) to cover the Integrated Field Exercise, IFE14.

IFE14 is the biggest and most comprehensive weapons of mass destruction exercise of its kind, and will help the CTBTO carry out an on site inspection  when the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) comes into force. An OSI is the final verification measure, and can occur when one Member State believes another has detonated a nuclear device. Over 200 participants are attending the event, and over 150 tons of equipment was shipped halfway around the world to help train them.

Moran is part of the CTBTO staff advocating for a test-ban and development of verification system to monitor the world for nuclear explosions.

Moran is part of the CTBTO staff advocating for a test-ban and development of verification system to monitor the world for nuclear explosions.

Video Blog

Moran has created a video blog to explain how an OSI works, what the inspectors do, and how it all fits in with other aspects of the CTBT. You can watch the video reports from the field to see how the team is holding up, what their current strategy may be today, how they are cooperating with the Inspected State party, and whether they have discover evidence of a nuclear detonation.

“The video blog is presented as if this is a real event, so it comes across as a thriller,” said Moran. “I wanted it to be entertaining as well as informing people about nuclear non-proliferation.”

IFE14 takes place from Nov. 3 to Dec. 9. Follow the IFE14 video blog here.

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