Our Members

The NSWG is formed of over 100 senior policy advisors, business leaders, professors and military officials. All our members have extensive applied experience of nuclear security and international relations.

Our Members

The NSWG is formed of over 100 senior policy advisors, business leaders, professors and military officials. All our members have extensive applied experience of nuclear security and international relations.
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Dr. James M. Acton

Dr. James M. Acton

Co-Director, Nuclear Policy Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Dr. James M. Acton is Co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a prolific writer in the field of nuclear policy, and was a recipient of the competitive Carnegie Corporation of New York grant on New Technologies and the Nuclear Threat that funds his ongoing research into the escalation implications of advanced conventional weapons.
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Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield Jr.

Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield Jr.

Ambassador
Palmer Coates
Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield Jr. is President of Palmer Coates LLC, and was Chairman of the non-partisan Stimson Center. During his 35 year career he has also held roles as U.S. Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, and as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Humanitarian Mine Action. He specializes in U.S. defense, intelligence, U.S. alliances, and U.S. defense strategy.
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Brigadier General (Ret.) Bob Barnes

Brigadier General (Ret.) Bob Barnes

Senior Policy Advisor
Center for Climate and Security
Brigadier General Bob Barnes is Senior Fellow at, and member of the Advisor Board of, the Center for Climate and Security, where he provides policy advice on addressing the security implications of climate change. He retired from the Army as a Brigadier General in 2001, after 32 years of service. He is a recognized expert on environmental security, interagency and public-private collaboration on climate change and other environmental matters with national security implications.
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Lieutenant General (Ret.) John Castellaw

Lieutenant General (Ret.) John Castellaw

President
Crockett Policy Institute
Lieutenant General John Castellaw (Ret.) is the president of the Crockett Policy Institute (CPI) a non-partisan policy and research organization chartered in Tennessee. He spent 36 years serving in the Marines, holding several operational commands. He is a recognized national security expert, with a particular focus on defense spending and strategy, and issues of food security.
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Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman

Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman

Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS, and previously served as Director of Intelligence Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During a career that spans five decades he has completed a wide variety of studies on issues including energy, U.S. strategy and defense plans, the lessons of modern war, and NATO modernization.
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Hon. Elbridge Colby

Hon. Elbridge Colby

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development
Department of Defense
Hon. Elbridge Colby is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy & Force Development, and was recently a Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He focuses on strategic deterrence, nuclear weapons, conventional force and intelligence.
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Professor Antonia Chayes

Professor Antonia Chayes

Professor
Tufts University
Antonia Chayes is Professor of Practice in International Politics and Law at The Fletcher School. Previously she served as Vice Chair of Conflict Management Group (CMG), an international nonprofit dispute resolution organization. Her expertise include international treaties, international security, and arms control (especially civil military relations).
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Michael Eisenstadt

Michael Eisenstadt

Kahn Fellow; Director, Military & Security Studies Program
Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Michael Eisenstadt is a Kahn Fellow, and Director of the Military and Security Studies Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He served for 26 years as an Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve before retiring in 2010, and now specializes in Persian Gulf and Arab-Israeli security affairs.
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Professor Charles L. Glaser

Professor Charles L. Glaser

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies
George Washington University
Dr. Charles L. Glaser is a Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science at The George Washington University, and Director of the Elliott School’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies. He has previously taught at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan, and served in the Pentagon. His research focuses on international relations theory and international security policy.
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Dr. Francis J. Gavin

Dr. Francis J. Gavin

Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Francis J. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University. Over the last 20 years he has also held positions at MIT and the University of Texas. He has particular interest in European, Iranian and American foreign policy, as well as NATO and U.S. grand strategy.
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Colonel (Ret.) Paul Hughes

Colonel (Ret.) Paul Hughes

Special Advisor and the Director of Overseas Safety and Security
U.S. Institute of Peace
Colonel Paul Hughes is the interim Vice President of the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation. He also serves as both a Special Advisor to the President of the United States Institute of Peace and as the Director of Overseas Safety and Security, and as the Executive Director for the 2018 National Defense Strategy Commission. He retired from the military in 2005 after 30 years of service, and now specializes in topics including arms control, weapons of mass destruction, and missile defense.
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Mr. Peter Huessy

Mr. Peter Huessy

Senior Defense Consultant
Air Force Association
Peter Huessy is Director of Strategic Deterrent Studies at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and President of his own defense consulting firm, GeoStrategic Analysis. His 40 years’ experience has also included serving at the National Defense University Foundation, the AFPC and the Air Force Association. He specializes in developing and implementing public policy campaigns to secure support for important national security objectives.
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Dr. Kathleen Hicks

Dr. Kathleen Hicks

Senior Vice President
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Kathleen Hicks is Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director of the International Security Program at CSIS. Her 25 year career has also included time served in the Obama administration in senior positions in defense policy and strategy, and she has become an expert in issues such as counterterrorism and homeland security, long-term futures, and weapons of mass destruction proliferation.
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Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate

Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate

Vice President for Materials Risk Management, Nuclear Threat Initiative
Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate joined NTI as Vice President for Materials Risk Management in April 2018. Previously, Ambassador Holgate was a consultant to the Third Way’s project on advanced nuclear...
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Lieutenant General (Ret.) Dirk Jameson

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Dirk Jameson

Retired
U.S. Air Force
Lieutenant General Jameson retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after more than three decades of military service. His final assignment was as Deputy Commander-in-Chief U.S. Strategic Command. He has since served in executive positions with a number of aerospace companies and as Executive Director of the Texas State Infrastructure Fund.
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Lieutenant General (Ret.) Frank G. Klotz

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Frank G. Klotz

Under Secretary for Nuclear Security
National Nuclear Security Administration
Lieutenant General Frank G. Klotz is the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). He has more than 20 years experience in both military positions and policy and management roles, with his time at the U.S. Embassy Moscow leading to a particular specialism in U.S.-Russian relations.
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Dr. Catherine McArdle Kelleher

Dr. Catherine McArdle Kelleher

Professor Emeritus
University of Maryland
Dr. Catherine McArdle Kelleher is College Park Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, where she teaches and advises in the areas of international security and American defense policy. She is concurrently Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Her earlier government service included working as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, and the Secretary of Defense’s representative to NATO in Brussels. She has 50 years’ experience in nuclear arms control as well as German, Russian, and European security issues.
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Dr. Susan J. Koch

Dr. Susan J. Koch

Distinguished Research Fellow
National Defense University
Dr. Susan J. Koch is an independent consultant, specializing in policy issues regarding arms reduction and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She previously spent 25 years working in government, holding a series of positions at the White House and the Department of State.
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General (Ret.) C. Robert “Bob” Kehler

General (Ret.) C. Robert “Bob” Kehler

Former commander of STRATCOM
General Robert Kehler retired from the United States Air Force in 2013 after almost 39 years of distinguished service. He offers his expertise as a consultant, non-executive corporate Director of two international aerospace companies, and as a Trustee of the Mitre Corporation. He speaks widely on matters of national security, particularly governance, institutions and organizations, and military.
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Dr. Colin Kahl

Dr. Colin Kahl

Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation
Colin H. Kahl is the inaugural Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and a Professor, by courtesy, in the Department of Political Science...
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Dr. Austin Long

Dr. Austin Long

Political Scientist
RAND Corporation
Dr. Austin Long is a Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation and non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He was previously an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His research interests include low-intensity conflict, military innovation and the political economy of national security.
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Dr. Robert Litwak

Dr. Robert Litwak

Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Dr. Robert Litwak is Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is also a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Over the last 20 years he has also held government positions, and written numerous books. His expertise center on security and defense, nuclear weapons and terrorism.
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Dr. Keir Lieber

Dr. Keir Lieber

Associate Professor
Georgetown University
Dr. Keir A. Lieber is Director of the Center for Security Studies and Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He has been awarded major fellowships from the Brookings Institution, Council on Foreign Relations and Earhart Foundation, among others. His research and teaching interests include nuclear weapons, strategy, and deterrence, and the causes of war.
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Mr. Brett B. Lambert

Mr. Brett B. Lambert

Vice President of Corporate Strategy
Northrop Grumman
Brett B. Lambert is Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Northrop Grumman. Over the last 30 years he has also held positions at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, at the National Defense Industrial Association, and in government, as well as founding national security consultancy DFI International. He is an expert in technology assessments, strategic planning, and market analyses for defense, intelligence, and space companies
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Colonel (Ret.) Mark Mykleby

Colonel (Ret.) Mark Mykleby

Co-Director of the Strategic Innovation Lab
Case Western Reserve University
Mark Mykleby is the Co-director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. He previously served in the Marine Corps for over 20 years, where he was deployed to Europe, the Pacific and Southwest Asia. He specializes in grand strategy and sustainability.
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Dr. Jim Miller

Dr. Jim Miller

Senior Fellow
Adaptive Strategies, LLC
Dr. Jim Miller is President of Adaptive Strategies, LLC. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council, and on the Board of Advisors for Endgame, Inc. Over the last three decades he has also served as the principal civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on strategy, policy, and operations, working to strengthen relations with allies and partners in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
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Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken

Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken

President
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He has worked in defense planning and international strategy for over 20 years, and has served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
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Kenneth Myers

Kenneth Myers

Senior Vice President for Defense and Security, PAE National
Security Solutions (NSS)
Kenneth Myers, is a Senior Vice President for Defense and Security at PAE National Security Solutions (NSS). NSS has nearly 3,000 employees, and is a world-wide authority in performing and...
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Dr. Janne E. Nolan

Dr. Janne E. Nolan

Chair
Nuclear Security Working Group
Dr. 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. Her 40 years’ experience in national security has led her to specialize in military strategy, defense technology policy, nuclear doctrine and ethics.
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Dr. Vipin Narang

Dr. Vipin Narang

Associate Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Vipin Narang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. He has previously held fellowships at both Harvard and Stanford Universities. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies.
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Ambassador Steven Pifer

Ambassador Steven Pifer

Director, Arms Control
Brookings Institution
Ambassador Steven Pifer is director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative and a Senior Fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is a retired Foreign Service Officer with more than 25 years with the State Department, and specializes in arms control, Russia and Ukraine.
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Dr. Christopher Preble

Dr. Christopher Preble

Vice President for defense and foreign policy studies
CATO Institute
Dr. Christopher Preble is the Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and also teaches the U.S. foreign policy elective at the University of California, Washington Center. His 30 year career also includes time spent as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy.
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Dr. Barry R. Posen

Dr. Barry R. Posen

Ford International Professor of Political Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Barry R. Posen is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program, and serves on the Executive Committee of Seminar XXI. He has held numerous fellowship positions during his 40 year career, and specializes in security studies, international relations, international security, military strategy, restraint, nuclear studies and military doctrine.
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Colonel (Ret.) Guy Roberts

Colonel (Ret.) Guy Roberts

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs
Department of Defense
Colonel Guy Roberts is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, and a retired Colonel with 25 years experience in the U.S. Marine Corps. Since his retirement he has held positions with NATO, as well as offering his expertise in national security and non-proliferation issues as an independent consultant.
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Mr. Frank A. Rose

Mr. Frank A. Rose

Senior Fellow, Security and Strategy
Brookings Institution
Frank A. Rose is a Senior Fellow for security and strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. He previously served as Principal Director and Chief of Government Relations at the Aerospace Corporation, and has held various national security staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives during his 20 year career. He specializes in nuclear strategy and deterrence, arms control, strategic stability, missile defense, outer space, and emerging security challenges.
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Hon. Walter B. Slocombe

Hon. Walter B. Slocombe

Senior Counsel
Caplin & Drysdale
Walter B. Slocombe is the Secretary, Director, and member of the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council and a Senior Counsel at the Washington, D.C., law firm Caplin & Drysdale. He has over 50 years’ experience, including many years with the Defense Department, and has developed particular expertise in legal and ethical considerations in information operations.
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Dr. Douglas B. Shaw

Dr. Douglas B. Shaw

Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy
George Washington University
Dr. Douglas B. Shaw is Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where he has previously held a number of positions. Earlier in his 25 year career, Dr. Shaw joined the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and held appointments in both Clinton administrations. His expertise center on nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, and disarmament.
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Dr. Jacquelyn G. Schneider

Dr. Jacquelyn G. Schneider

Assistant Professor
Naval War College
Dr. Jacquelyn G. Schneider is an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Naval War College and a core faculty member of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies. She also holds adjunct positions at the Center for a New American Security. Her 12 year career also includes six years as an Air Force Officer in South Korea and Japan. Her research now focuses on the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology with a special interest in cyber, unmanned technologies, and Northeast Asia.
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Dr. Elizabeth N. Saunders

Dr. Elizabeth N. Saunders

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
George Washington University
Dr. Elizabeth N. Saunders is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Over the last decade she has held numerous fellowships, with her research and teaching interests focusing on international security and U.S. foreign policy, including the politics of using force.
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Dr. Scott D. Sagan

Dr. Scott D. Sagan

Senior Fellow
Stanford University
Dr. Scott D. Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, as well as holding multiple fellowships. He was previously a lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His 30 year career also includes time spent working at the Pentagon. He is an expert in nuclear strategy, ethics and war, public opinion about the use of force, nuclear non-proliferation, and the safety of hazardous technology.
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Dr. Caitlin Talmadge

Dr. Caitlin Talmadge

Associate Professor
Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
Dr. Caitlin Talmadge is an Associate Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she serves on the core faculty of the Security Studies Program. She...
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Major General (Ret.) Jasper Welch

Major General (Ret.) Jasper Welch

Retired
U.S. Air Force
Major General Jasper Welch served for 31 years in the United States Air Force before retiring in 1983 in the rank of Major General. In the decades the followed, he has worked as a consultant for government and industry, including serving as an advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Defense Science Board, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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Dr. Heather Williams

Dr. Heather Williams

Defence Studies Department and Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS), King's College London
Dr. Heather Williams is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department and Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) at King's College London. She is also an adjunct Research Staff...
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Dr. Dov S. Zakheim

Dr. Dov S. Zakheim

Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Dr. Dov S. Zakheim is a Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation and a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the firm’s support of the U.S. Combatant Commanders worldwide. With experience spanning four decades, Dr. Zakheim’s expertise center on strategic planning and defense policy.
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Dr. Amy Zegart

Dr. Amy Zegart

Co-Director and Senior Fellow, CISAC
Stanford University
Amy Zegart is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and an affiliated faculty member at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. She previously served on the Clinton administration’s National Security Council staff and as a foreign policy advisor to the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign. Her wide ranging experience over more than 20 years has led to her recognition by the National Journal as one of the ten most influential experts in intelligence reform.
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