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United Kingdom

Theft Ranking
Has Weapons-Usable Nuclear Materials
Change+2
Score79
Rank=11

Summary

The United Kingdom is tied for 11th in the theft ranking, and increased its score by 2 points from 2014 due to an improved risk environment and new requirements for cybersecurity at nuclear facilities. In the future, the United Kingdom’s nuclear materials security conditions could be further improved by requiring more frequent personnel vetting to mitigate the insider threat. The United Kingdom’s nuclear materials security conditions remain adversely affected by its high and increasing quantities of nuclear materials, and the large number of sites at which those materials are located.


Category & Indicator Scores

Category & Indicators
Rank / Score / Δ

Quantities and Sites
11
24

Quantities of Nuclear Materials
13
22

Sites and Transportation
17
=17

Material Production / Elimination Trends
0
=19

Security and Control Measures
+3
96
4

On-site Physical Protection
100
=1

Control and Accounting Procedures
100
=1

Insider Threat Prevention
78
=4

Physical Security During Transport
100
=1

Response Capabilities
100
=1

Cybersecurity
+25
100
=1

Global Norms
100
=1

International Legal Commitments
100
=1

Voluntary Commitments
100
=1

International Assurances
100
=1

Domestic Commitments and Capacity
96
=7

UNSCR 1540 Implementation
100
=1

Domestic Nuclear Materials Security Legislation
100
=1

Safeguards Adherence and Compliance
83
=13

Independent Regulatory Agency
100
=1

Risk Environment
+6
72
9

Political Stability
+5
70
=13

Effective Governance
75
=6

Pervasiveness of Corruption
+25
100
=1

Group(s) Interested in Illicitly Acquiring Materials
50
=7

Legend

= denotes tie in rank
Δ denotes change in score between 2014 and 2016
– denotes no change between 2014 and 2016
All countries are scored 0–100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear security conditions

Note on Scores

Indicator scores equal the sum of the subindicator scores. Scores are then normalized 0-100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear materials security conditions.