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Scientist-in-Residence

George Moore
Office
499 Van Buren Street, Rm. 214
Tel
(831) 647-4613
Email
gmoore@miis.edu

From 2007-2012, Dr. Moore was a senior analyst in the Office of Nuclear Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He worked with the Incident and Trafficking Database and served as scientific secretary for the Director General's Advisory Group on Nuclear Security. He also served as scientific secretary for the development of the Agency's “Fundamentals of Nuclear Security” document.
 
Dr. Moore is a former Fulbright scholar (Netherlands) and a former Atomic Energy Commission Special Fellow. He is a licensed professional engineer (nuclear) in California and was formerly a research reactor operator. He is admitted to the bars of California and Colorado, a number of Federal Circuit and District Courts bars, and the U.S. Supreme Court bar. 
 
Dr. Moore served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy. Leaving active duty, he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) working nuclear physics, nuclear effects, and radiation detection and measurement. He then practiced law with Pacific Gas & Electric and the San Francisco firm of Kenney & Markowitz. After 9/11, he returned to LLNL, working in the Nuclear Assessment Program (NAP) before joining the IAEA. Dr. Moore is a retired Captain, U. S. Naval Reserve and is a pilot, holding a commercial license.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

This workshop is intended to take the student to the next steps beyond what is covered in the Introduction to Science and Technology course. It will provide an intensive exposure (no pun intended) in the fundamentals of nuclear material and other radioactive material, to the hazards of dealing with these materials, and to the effects of the various types of radiation associated with these materials. The student will gain knowledge in the effects of nuclear weapons and radiological weapons (such as radioactive dispersal devices) and the measurements used to discuss and quantify these hazards, such as yield, dose, and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s method for categorizing the hazards of radioactive materials.

After completion of the workshop the student should have a basic understanding of fundamental concepts and vocabulary such as half-life, decay modes, decay calculations, and other basic concepts that would assist them in acquiring scientific literacy to prepare them to work in areas that deal with these concepts. The workshop will cover basic calculations to enable the student to perform basic “back of the envelope” assessments of risks and hazards in various simple scenarios of interest and will provide the student with basic documentation that will be useful in performing these assessments.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop, Spring 2018 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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This course is designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge of the issues relating to cyber security, from both a technical and historic perspective. The basic concepts of cyber security that will allow the student to understand the current concerns, vocabulary, and basic principles involved in cyber security will be considered, along with the technologies used to prevent and detect cyber-attacks. The history of cyber-attacks, basic concepts and considerations of cyber warfare, hacking, and basic concepts such as authentication and encryption will be covered along with the major efforts and initiatives that have been developed by the international community to deal with them. A particular focus of the course will be on cyber security as it relates to the field of nuclear security.

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only, Spring 2018 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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This course will cover the basic concepts involved in the design and operation of nuclear reactors. Students will build an understanding of how nuclear reactors work and how they relate to nuclear weapons. The course will cover how various designs are more or less proliferation resistant and how reactors use and produce nuclear material. This course is strongly recommended for students considering taking the J-Term practicum held at the Czech Technical University’s VR-1 “Sparrow” research reactor.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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We live in an era of satellite surveillance, video monitoring, and electronic surveillance and now the hot button topic of drones performing these tasks in addition to armed drones carrying out assassinations. This 4 unit seminar course will deal with the technical, policy, and legal issues involved in these subjects Privacy rights are often in conflict with the technical capabilities in these and other areas. Civil liberties are balanced against security interest, with or without the knowledge of the population. The course will provide the student with a working understanding of the issues involved in the current use of drones and overhead surveillance and will provide a look at the future uses and limitations, examining how civil liberties are and can be balanced against security interests.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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This course is designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge of current issues of cybersecurity and international efforts to create international norms and agreements in cyberspace. The course will initially cover fundamental technical aspects of cyberspace in order to provide the student with a basic overview and vocabulary of technical issues. Cybercrime, cybersecurity, and various aspects of cyberwarfare will also be considered. The international aspects of these various cyber issues will be examined in the context of existing international law and prospective international agreements that states may agree to in order to control issues such as cybercrime and cyberespionage.

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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The course explores classical films, features and documentary, which address fundamental issues involving both nuclear weapons and terrorism.

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT): Policy and Technical Issues

This workshop will review the history of weapons testing and agreements leading up to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The CTBT and its organization (CTBTO) will be examined from both policy and technical perspectives, along with an analysis of subcritical testing and other CTBT-related issues of nonproliferation importance that may remain even if the CTBT comes into force.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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Drones and Surveillance
We live in an era of satellite surveillance, video monitoring, and electronic surveillance and now the hot button topic of drones performing these tasks in addition to armed drones carrying out assassinations. In this seminar we will deal with the technical, policy, and legal issues involved in these subjects Privacy rights are often in conflict with the technical capabilities in these and other areas. Civil liberties are balanced against security interest, with or without the knowledge of the population. The course will provide the student with a working understanding of the issues involved in the current use of drones and overhead surveillance and will provide a look at the future uses and limitations, examining how civil liberties are and can be balanced against security interests.

WTR

Winter 2015, Winter 2016

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Areas of Interest

Nuclear weapons, weapons effects, illicit trafficking, nuclear security, binding and non-binding legal instruments for nuclear security, cyber security issues, cyberwarfare issues, aviation security issues, and drones and privacy issues related to surveillance.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD & MS in Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
  • BS, United States Naval Academy

Professor Moore has been teaching at the Institute since 2012.

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