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Building and sustaining a nuclear security system - 27 May 2021

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Speaker:  George Foster, Amport Risk Ltd.

Chair: Karl Dewey, Research Associate at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS).

This month's Nuclear Security Culture Programme (NSCP) webinar will welcome George Foster from Amport Risk Limited. 

This webinar will address the building blocks necessary to build a nuclear security system from the ground up, assuming a cold start, and then sustain it over the lifecycle of a nuclear site. It will assume a ‘new-build’ route to licensing, as a background scenario.

The webinar will draw from strategic International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guidance and relate to a new build project in process in the UK, by looking down into the key areas of the building security functionality across the ‘4Cs’ of security Capacity, Competence, Culture and Capability to highlight some of the challenges and opportunities in achieving a robust and effective nuclear security system.

It will also address some of the key enablers to the Nuclear Security System, such as Leadership and Management and integrated processes enabling Safe and Secure-By-Design operations.

Specific topics to be covered will include:

  • International Guidance.
  • The route to Licensing – addressing regulatory expectations.
  • The challenge and opportunities in building a nuclear security system.
  • Key Security Principles.
  • The ‘4Cs’; Security Capacity, Competence, Culture and Capability.
  • Assuring the build of security functionality: Strategic Enablers and Sustaining Security Operations.
  • Factors to consider in sustaining the Nuclear Security System e.g. Organisational commitment, assurance, performance evaluation.


On leaving military service, George Foster took up the role of first-in-post Director of Security at Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) in Caithness, Scotland. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of enterprise-wide security delivery associated with the protection of nuclear material, its transhipment nationally and internationally, and the protection of sensitive nuclear information.

Following his role at Dounreay, George took up a newly established role of Managing Director of the Security Business Unit in Babcock International Group, within the Defence and Security Division. George sat on the Divisional Board. In the summer of 2017, he formed Amport Risk Limited to provide senior strategic and operational security and resilience consulting services to the Critical National Infrastructure with a principal focus on the Civil and Defence Nuclear Sectors in the UK and overseas. Amport Risk is also a consortium partner in the BEIS sponsored King’s College London global Nuclear Security Culture Programme, a UK element to the Global Threat Reduction Programme.

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27 May 2021

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