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Public Policy and Nuclear Threats

Public Policy and Nuclear Threats (PPNT) Boot Camp, a summer workshop-in-residence at IGCC, gives participants the knowledge and analytic tools they need to contribute to the debate on future U.S. nuclear policy. The boot camp features lectures, discussions, and debates with distinguished researchers, academics, policy officials, and operational specialists from leading universities, the National Laboratories, international organizations, and government agencies. Topics range from current nuclear threats, to international safeguards and nonproliferation strategies. The course is part of IGCC’s long-standing research on nuclear policy issues. Support for this program is provided by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration.

PPNT applications are now closed. Applications for the 2025 PPNT Boot Camp will open in December 2024.


The 2023 Public Policy and Nuclear Threats boot camp was held at the UC San Diego campus in La Jolla, California on July 9 – July 21, 2023. Speakers included Elaine Bunn, Sigfried Hecker, Frank Miller, Brad Roberts, Laura Rockwood, Heather Williams, and other experts ranging from the fields of politics to nuclear engineering. This year’s 35 participants were selected from a record number of applicants and come from a range of geographic and academic backgrounds, representing 10 countries and the fields of political science, nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry, and international security.

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PPNT 2023 Class


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