The Defense Department has acknowledged that the intelligence community failed to develop the tools or coordination to monitor nuclear efforts in Iran and other countries with suspected weapons programs.
In a report, the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board asserted that the intelligence community, uncertain of priorities, has ignored advanced technology that could track nuclear proliferation.
The report warned that Iran and North Korea were benefiting from increased access to nuclear technology. The task force said the growth in nuclear power enabled the concealment of small programs and leakage.
“The pathways to proliferation are expanding,” the report said.
The report, dated January 2014, was released in wake of the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran. Under the accord, Teheran, after years of blocking access, has pledged to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“The actual or threatened acquisition of nuclear weapons by more actors — with a range of motivations, capabilities, and approaches — is emerging in numbers not seen since the early days of the Cold War,” the report said.
“Many of these actors are hostile to the U.S. and its allies, and of greater worry, they do not appear to be bound by established norms nor are they deterred by traditional means.”
“Conversely, developers of these capabilities are largely unaware of the challenges and requirements for nuclear activity monitoring.”
Full article: Report: U.S. intelligence ignored technology that could track nuclear proliferation by rogue states (World Tribune)