George Moore, Ph. D.

Scientist in Residence at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

From 2007-2012, Dr. Moore was a Senior Analyst in the Office of Nuclear Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. At IAEA, he worked with the Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) and served as Scientific Secretary for the Director General's Advisory Group on Nuclear Security (AdSec). He also served as Scientific Secretary for the development of the Agency's Fundamentals of Nuclear Security document, the top-level document in the Agency's Nuclear Security Series that will be published in fall 2012.

He is a former Fulbright Scholar (Netherlands) and a former Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Special Fellow.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer (Nuclear) in California and was formerly an AEC-licensed research reactor operator.    He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and in a number of Federal Circuit and District Courts across the United States. 

After graduation from Annapolis, Dr. Moore served as a naval officer until he resigned from the Navy as a lieutenant commander.  He then worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in various assignments in areas relating to nuclear physics, nuclear effects, and radiation detection and measurement.  He left LLNL and served as an in-house counsel at Northern California's utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric, until he entered private practice with the San Francisco firm of Kenney & Markowitz where he specialized in litigation in the areas of aviation, recreational boating, product liability, intellectual property, and commercial law.  Dr. Moore left Kenney & Markowitz in 2002 to return to LLNL where he worked in the Nuclear Assessment (NAP) program. He left LLNL in mid-2007 to join the IAEA.

Dr. Moore currently serves as an aviation legal expert for Plane & Pilot magazine. He holds a commercial pilot's license (single engine land and sea) with an instrument rating.

Throughout his career, Dr. Moore has authored a number of technical papers and legal articles and has been a speaker at various meetings and training activities.  He has been a member of a number of professional organizations and has often served as an officer in the organizations.  He has been an adjunct faculty member at Golden Gate University School of Law where he taught Aviation Law, and he was also an adjunct faculty member of Golden Gate's management program where he taught statistics and quantitative analysis for business decision making.  He is a retired Captain, U. S. Naval Reserve.

Expertise

Nuclear weapons, Illicit trafficking, Nuclear Security, Binding and Non-Binding Legal Instruments for Nuclear Security, Aviation Security Issues

B.A. United States Naval Academy

M.S., Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

J.D. University of California, Boalt Hall (Berkeley) School of Law

Course List

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INTD 1164 - Drones and Surveillance      

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.

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Winter 2015

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IPOL 8552 - Nuclear Trafficking      

This course is designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge of the issues relating to nuclear trafficking, from both a technical and historic perspective. The nuclear and other radioactive materials useful for either an improvised nuclear device, a dispersal device, or a simple exposure device will be considered, along with the technologies used to prevent and detect trafficking in these materials. The history of trafficking in these materials, design concepts, and hoaxes and scams relating to these issues will be covered along with the major efforts and initiatives that have been developed by the international community to deal with them.

Fall 2012 - MIIS

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NPTG 8506 - Nuc/RadioactvMaterials&Weapons      

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 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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NPTG 8507 - CybrscurityAspctsOfNucSecurity      

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.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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NPTG 8605 - CTBT:Policy & Technical Issues      

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.

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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NPTG 8620 - SEM: Drones & 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. 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 2014 - MIIS

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NPTG 8653 - Sem: Nuclear Trafficking      

This course is designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge of the issues relating to nuclear trafficking, from both a technical and historic perspective. The nuclear and other radioactive materials useful for either an improvised nuclear device, a dispersal device, or a simple exposure device will be considered, along with the technologies used to prevent and detect trafficking in these materials. The history of trafficking in these materials, design concepts, and hoaxes and scams relating to these issues will be covered along with the major efforts and initiatives that have been developed by the international community to deal with them.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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NPTG 8656 - Sem: Nuclear Forensics      

Nuclear forensics deals with the science related to the determination of the origins of nuclear materials such as uranium and plutonium and to the policy considerations, such as attribution, which result from determinations that can be made. In addition to science and policy considerations the course will cover the current international efforts in nuclear forensics and survey the performance of conventional forensics in the presence of radioactive material and related issues such as radioactive crime scene management and expert testimony on nuclear forensics issues.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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