Bernard Weiss is a Senior Nuclear Security Consultant to Talisman. He has had a varied career in nuclear security, emergency preparedness and environmental protection in his 45 years of working for a diverse array of government organizations (local, State, National, International and Non-Governmental). For the last twenty years he has managed a variety of programs at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This included fifteen years in directing nuclear security activities from initiating the IAEA’s first physical protection program to overseeing a full range of other program responsibilities in the Office of Nuclear Security. Mr. Weiss created and administered the International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS, IAEA’s peer review service for evaluating physical protection regimes in Member States) and he led eleven of those missions. He was also responsible for creating the International Nuclear Security Advisory Service (INSServ, a peer review mechanism to help identify State nuclear security needs) and he conducted many of those missions.
Mr. Weiss served for a number of years as the Scientific Secretary for the Director General’s Advisory Group on Nuclear Security (AdSec). He was also Scientific Secretary for the revision of both INFCIRC/225/Rev. 2 and Rev. 3 and he developed the IAEA Nuclear Security Series of guidance documents. Mr. Weiss established the first IAEA physical protection training courses. He was recognized for his ability to organize large international scientific conferences and in his final years at IAEA was the Scientific Secretary for five large international conferences.
For his first five years at IAEA, Mr. Weiss was the head of Emergency Assistance Services, and Chief of the Emergency Operations Center. In that capacity, he was responsible for implementing the IAEA’s program to carry out their responsibilities under the Early Notification and Assistance Conventions, including internal and international exercises of the response regime. He provided expert assistance and advice to IAEA Member States on improving their national and facility response to radiological accidents. This involved over 25 missions to numerous countries to conduct appraisals of national capabilities plus the evaluation of several exercises of emergency response plans.
While at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from 1982-1989, Mr. Weiss was responsible for assuring there would be compatible emergency responses of all U.S. Federal agencies which had a role in responding to a major radiological emergency. During that time he managed the NRC effort in conducting the offsite portions of the controversial 1986 and 1988 Shoreham offsite exercises and the 1988 Seabrook offsite exercise. Mr. Weiss was also the Exercise Director for overall planning, conduct, and evaluation of both the 1984 (St. Lucie) and the 1987 (Zion) Federal Field Exercises, each involving over 1,500 participants. While Chief of the NRC Incident Response Branch, he was responsible for developing, exercising, and coordinating the NRC program for responding to radiological emergencies and carrying out NRC agreements with other Federal and State agencies for responding to radiological emergencies. In the 1970s he was responsible for policies and inspection procedures for environmental matters and radioactive waste systems inspected by the NRC and was the manager of the NRC/States collaborative environmental monitoring program.
Early in his career, Mr. Weiss managed the Kansas State Radiation Protection Program, including the licensing, regulation and inspection of all types of radioactive material and radiation sources; and was responsible for successfully bringing Kansas into the Atomic Energy Commission’s (AEC) Agreement State program. Once Kansas became an Agreement State, he joined the AEC to work with other Agreement States to provide both technical assistance and program reviews.
Mr. Weiss received a B.Ch.E. (Chemical Engineering) degree from the City College of New York and an M.P.H. (Public Health-Radiological Health) from the University of Michigan.