Scientist-in-Residence, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

George Moore
499 Van Buren Street, Rm. 214
(831) 647-4613

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 practicum is organized within the framework of a partnership between the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies, Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) and the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic (CTU).

This course relates directly to issues having to do with nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The technology, materials, and know-how involved in running a nuclear reactor are potentially “dual use” and can be diverted to efforts to develop nuclear weapons. For these reasons, international efforts to prevent proliferation and terrorism require putting nuclear reactors under safeguards and providing physical security of the nuclear materials. The course will enable students to observe how safeguards and nuclear security measures are implemented in practice.

Spring 2020 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only, Spring 2021 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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Nuclear forensics deals with the science related to the determination of the origins of nuclear and other radioactive materials such as uranium and plutonium. It also deals with... read more policy considerations, such as attribution, which result from these determination. In addition to science and policy considerations this workshop will cover the current international efforts in nuclear forensics and survey the performance of conventional forensics in the presence of radioactive material. It will also touch briefly on elated issues such as radioactive crime scene management and expert testimony on nuclear forensics issues.

Students successfully completing this workshop will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of nuclear forensics science.

Demonstrate an understanding of the potential applications of nuclear forensics in the determination of the origin of nuclear and other radioactive materials,

Demonstrate an understanding of the terms and definitions that are used in the field of nuclear forensics.

Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the international efforts to cooperate in nuclear forensics analysis.

Demonstrate an understanding of the legal requirements for the introduction of evidence resulting from nuclear forensics analysis.

Demonstrate an understanding of the policy implications of attribution.

Fall 2020 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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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 2019 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop, Fall 2020 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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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.

Spring 2020 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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This workshop is designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge of the issues relating to... read more drone and satellite usage in a variety of situations. The workshop will focus more on the issues relating to drones and surveillance, but other issues such as satellite use will also be addressed.

Consideration will be given to the use of drones and satellites to perform both commercial and military/intelligence tasks and the policy issues raised by use of drones in domestic (US) and international airspace. Issues of privacy, the 4th Amendment right to be free from intrusive searches and seizures, and the legal regimes that affect the use of drones and satellites will be discussed. The impact of changing technical capabilities and potential collisions with civil liberties in these and other areas will be addressed.

This workshop will deal with the technical, policy, and legal issues involved in these subjects. It 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 2019 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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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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