The “Dirty Bomb” on Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Is Not Very Accurate

March 11, 2019
George Moore

The following is an excerpt published by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Amazon Prime’s debut of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan provided an entertaining, bingeable initial season about a CIA officer on a mission to stop terrorists from killing the president by setting off a so-called radioactive “dirty bomb” in a Washington, DC, hospital.

While interesting and enjoyable, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan contains some serious technical errors—and these ones really matter. Scientists often spot technical errors in films and television shows but let them pass. (Well, maybe they make a snarky comment to their spouse here and there.) But the errors in the Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan episodes risk sufficiently serious consequences that they need to be addressed.

Continue reading at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

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