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.
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. Her extensive experience in national security spans both government and the private sector.
She has held senior staff positions in the Department of State and the U.S. Senate, and been 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 have included 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.
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.
Dr. Nolan is a specialist in military strategy, defense technology policy, nuclear doctrine and ethics. She holds particular expertise in devising entrepreneurial strategies for improving the quality and effectiveness of U.S. governance, leadership, and innovation in defense and foreign policy.
Her eight books include Guardians of the Arsenal: The Politics of Nuclear Strategy; An Elusive Consensus: Nuclear Weapons and American Security after the Cold War; and Tyranny of Consensus: Discourse and Dissent in American National Security Policy. She has also written for publications such as Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The New Republic and The National Interest.
Dr. Nolan studied at Antioch College and Harvard University before receiving her Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.