Nuclear Threat Initiative

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FormationJanuary 2001
Founder• Sam Nunn
• Ted Turner


The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) was founded in January 2001 as a result of concerns expressed to former Senator Sam Nunn in the spring of 2000 by CNN founder R. E. Ted Turner that "the threat from nuclear weapons had fallen off most people's radar screens after the end of the Cold War." Turner asked Nunn's assistance in assessing "whether a private organization could make a difference." NTI is "supported by a pledge from Mr. Turner and other private contributions." NTI has obligated more than $37 million in program awards and grants.