In the 20th century, America strategically committed itself to developing the world’s most advanced nuclear power enterprise. The objectives were to provide reliable, zero-emission electricity and position the U.S. as the nuclear technology leader.
However, America’s leadership is being challenged as Russia and China, with a combined 89 reactors under construction and planned, strategically expand their programs through state-owned enterprises while we have one privately owned project underway at Plant Vogtle.
This has national security implications and calls for a public-private partnership centered on nuclear power as a strategic asset, not merely a commodity transaction.
– David Gattie, Associate Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, and Resident Fellow, Center for International Trade and Security, University of Georgia