John N. O'Brien


The feasibility of detection and subsequent recovery of nuclear fissile material illicitly removed from a facility is a question which has rarely been addressed. This article will explore the adequacy of remote detection and location devices designed to find contraband fissile nuclear materials and will examine the legal consequences of going beyond remote detection and location to actual searches for contraband. The TMI incident made it clear that such societal consequences were not given sufficient attention in the past and their relevance to the issue of whether to use a plutonium economy is unquestionable.