Janne E. Nolan chairs the Nuclear Security Working Group and is a faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University. She has had extensive experience in national security in government and the private sector, holding senior staff positions in the Department of State and the U.S. Senate and as a member of several blue ribbon commissions including the White House Presidential Advisory Board on U.S. Arms and Technology Policy (chairman), the National Defense Panel, the Department of State’s Accountability Review Board, the Congressionally-appointed Panel to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S., and the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board. Her private sector appointments include Professor of International Affairs and Deputy Director of the Ridgway Center at the University of Pittsburgh; Director and Research Professor at Georgetown University; Director of Foreign Policy for The Century Foundation of New York, and Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.
Her eight books include Guardians of the Arsenal: The Politics of Nuclear Strategy; Trappings of Power: Ballistic Missiles in the Third WorldAn Elusive Consensus: Nuclear Weapons and American Security after the Cold War, and Tyranny of Consensus: Discourse and Dissent in American National Security Policy as well as numerous articles in publications such as Foreign Affairs, New York Times, The New Republic and the National Interest. She serves as an advisor or board member at the American Middle East Institute, the Arms Control Association, the Monterey Institute’s Non-Proliferation Review, the Hewlett Foundation Nuclear Advisory Committee, and the Center for Climate and Security. She is a member of the Cosmos Club and the Council on Foreign Relations.