Janne E. Nolan is a member of the International Affairs faculty at George Washington University and Chair of the Nuclear Security Working Group, a network of senior civilian and military experts who promote bipartisan discourse about nuclear and national security.

Dr. Nolan has held numerous senior positions in the private sector, including as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, Director of Foreign Policy at the Century Foundation of New York and Senior International Security Consultant at Science Applications International Corporation. She has served on the graduate faculty of Columbia University, the University of Pittsburgh and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Her public service includes positions as a defense trade specialist in the Department of State, senior representative to the Senate Armed Services Committee and defense advisor to several presidential campaigns and transition teams. She was appointed to chair the White House Presidential Advisory Board on U.S. Arms and Technology Policy and to serve on the National Defense Panel, the State Department’s Accountability Review Board, the Panel to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S., and the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board.

Her nine 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 PolicyDr. Nolan has received major research awards from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Scaife Family Trust and serves on the boards of the American Middle East Institute, the Arms Control Association, The Council for Strategic Risks, The George Washington Medical School’s Institute on Spirituality and Health, The Non Proliferation Review, the Hewlett Foundation’s Nuclear Security Program and the Texas National Security Review.

Dr. Nolan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Committee on International Security) and the Cosmos Club.