Financial disclosures by former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn reveal that he assisted in planning a U.S.-Russia initiative to construct several American nuclear power plants in the Middle East.
According to Flynn’s 2015 and 2016 financial filings, the joint plan intended to supply nuclear reactors to the Arab world, helping volatile Arab nations secure nuclear power plants and develop safe disposal methods for radioactive waste.
During the development of the plan, Flynn was an adviser to the consulting firm X-Co Dynamics Inc./Iron Bridge Group. Flynn was hired by the firm to devise a security network for the reactors, according to a report by Newsweek.
“It [the plan] was designed to set the conditions for stability which were the precursors to building 40 plants,” reads an overview of the project obtained by Newsweek. The plan would “solidify the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council], Jordan, Egypt under a security construct, led by two superpowers, using state of the art capability.”
Because the U.S. nuclear industry was losing contracts to Russian and South Korean companies, Flynn was employed to create a $1 trillion plan that was “funded entirely by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.” An additional goal of the plan was to improve U.S.-Russian relations, but that goal was ultimately struck from the plan due to opposition from the Obama administration.
Flynn resigned in February after falsely claiming to Vice President Mike Pence that he had not discussed sanctions in a conversation with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Leaked intelligence proved the opposite.
The Arab world’s first nuclear reactor was completed in May by the United Arab Emirates, indicating a regional shift away from natural gas-fired electricity. The nuclear power plant is scheduled to begin producing commercial electricity in 2018.
The Daily Caller reported that “Many other nuclear reactors are planned for the Middle East. Saudi Arabia plans to construct 16 nuclear power reactors over the next 20 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The first reactor should come online in 2022.”
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