Cooperative Technical Solutions to Global Security Challenges
Sandia engages whenever possible in activities that are completely transparent and focused on cooperative efforts that constitute a partnership. We partner with universities and institutes, with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and with government agencies in other countries. These partnerships help us implement collaborative projects, establish ties with technical experts in other countries, and identify candidates for our Visiting Scholars program.
As an example, in 2002 we partnered with Jordan’s Royal Scientific Society to establish the CMC@Amman, which evolved into the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS)—an independent NGO based in Amman, Jordan. MESIS is modeled on the CMC’s approach and is committed to the same principle, that science and technology are key to increasing trust and confidence in arms-control and other agreements. Sandia continues to partner with MESIS in furthering regional security throughout the Middle East and North Africa regions.
In 2010, Sandia partnered with Texas A&M University and the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE to establish the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII). This institute will help enable the UAE to develop the infrastructure and human resources needed to operate and regulate its responsible nuclear energy enterprise.
Sandia also partners with independent organizations like the International Atomic Energy Agency, with academic communities like the Monterrey Institute, and with many NGOs such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Our extensive visiting scholars program has resulted is a large network of individual and organizational partners around the world who remain in touch with Sandia as they work to promote security, cooperation, and threat reduction in their countries and regions.