Kelle is senior lecturer in politics and international relations in the Department of Politics, Languages, and International Studies at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. His research interests are in the area of chemical and biological weapons (CBW) prohibition. Kelle currently focuses on: the evolution of the international CBW prohibition regimes, and the interface between scientific and technological developments and CBW policies and governance measures. In the latter field, he is particularly interested in the dual-use implications of synthetic biology. He has published widely on CBW issues and is co-author of a forthcoming monograph (with Malcolm Dando and Kathryn Nixdorff), Preventing a Biochemical Arms Race, with Stanford University Press. Before coming to Bath, Kelle held positions at Queen's University Belfast, the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University, and the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany.
Stover is a science writer based in the Pacific Northwest and is a contributing editor at the Bulletin. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Conservation, Popular Science, New Scientist, The New York Times, and other publications. One of her articles is included in the 2010 Best American Science and Nature Writing, and another article was awarded a special citation by the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism.
The Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG) brings together the experience of leading nonproliferation experts and nongovernmental organizations to support President Barack Obama's vision of "securing all nuclear weapon materials at vulnerable sites within four years." Specifically, working group members collaborate in a series of meetings to create consensus around fissile material control priorities, develop actionable policy proposals, and package recommendations for implementation by Obama administration officials. FMWG members who will contribute to this column include Irma Arguello, David Culp, Ingrid Drake, Rob Golan-Vilella, Li Hong, Kenneth Luongo, Michelle Cann, Rajiv Nayan, Miles Pomper, William Potter, Kingston Reif, Jennifer Smyser, Elena Sokova, Peter Stockton, Alexandra Toma, Paul Walker, Peter Wilk, and Sarah Williams.
A professor of international relations at American University’s School of International Service, Adams also serves as a distinguished fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center. His expertise is in U.S. national security policy and budget planning across the country’s security institutions--the Defense Department, State Department, and intelligence agencies among them. In 1983, he founded the Defense Budget Project (now the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments), a nonpartisan research center that analyzes defense economics and defense policy. From 1993 to 1997, he worked as the White House’s senior national security budget official at the Office of Management and Budget, where he oversaw all U.S. foreign affairs and national security budgeting.
An anthropologist, Gusterson is a professor of anthropology and sociology at George Mason University. His expertise is in nuclear culture, international security, and the anthropology of science. He has conducted considerable fieldwork in the United States and Russia, where he studied the culture of nuclear weapon scientists and antinuclear activists. Two of his books encapsulate this work--Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War (University of California Press, 1996) and People of the Bomb: Portraits of America's Nuclear Complex (University of Minnesota Press, 2004). He also coedited Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong (University of California Press, 2005) and the sequel, The Insecure American (University of California Press, 2009). Previously, he taught in MIT's Program on Science, Technology, and Society.
Pollack is a consultant to the US government. He has conducted studies in several areas, including arms control, verification technologies, proliferation, deterrence, intelligence, homeland security, counterterrorism, and regional security affairs. He is a regular contributor at the prominent blog Arms Control Wonk, focusing primarily on current challenges to the nuclear nonproliferation regime. He also has written recently about issues surrounding emerging non-nuclear strategic forces, including conventional prompt global strike weapons and strategic missile defenses. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Maryland, where he attended the Maryland School of Public Policy. The opinions expressed here are his own and don't necessarily reflect those of his employer or clients.
Benedict has served as the Bulletin's executive director and publisher since 2005. From 1992-2005, she directed the international peace and security program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where she also established and directed the foundation’s initiative in the former Soviet Union. Before joining the foundation in 1987, she taught at Rutgers University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
House is the Chief Executive and a co-founder of C12 Energy. For nearly a decade, House has studied the physics, chemistry, and economics of capturing and storing anthropogenic carbon dioxide in ways that will ensure that carbon dioxide does not enter the atmosphere. He has published numerous scientific papers that have been cited over 140 times. In 2007, Esquire featured him among its "Best and Brightest"; in 2009, Technology Review named him one of the "Top 35 Innovators Under 35"; and in 2010 the Boston Globe named him one of Boston's "Top 15 Innovators." Kurt has a bachelor's degree in physics from the Claremont Colleges and a Ph.D. in geoscience from Harvard University. He has also studied at MIT as a Research Fellow funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and at Stanford as a National Science Foundation Fellow.
A general internist who began her career in health care as a registered nurse, Kahn works on the research staff of Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security. Her expertise is in public health, biodefense, and pandemics. From 2003-2005, she led a study that assessed the public health infrastructures of New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. She has also co-organized the Carnegie Corporation’s "Biodefense Challenge" seminar series, which introduces biosecurity, codes of conduct, and dual-use biotech threats to the life sciences community. Prior to joining Princeton, she was a managing physician for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and a medical officer for the Food and Drug Administration.
A biologist, Dando researches international security at the University of Bradford's Department of Peace Studies. His expertise is in chemical and biological weapons, arms control, and biosecurity. An author and contributor to countless books on bioweapons and biotechnology, including The New Biological Weapons: Threat, Proliferation, and Control (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001), Dando’s recent interests include how the ongoing revolution in the life sciences might open up possibilities for new forms of biological weapons. Prior to working at the University of Bradford, Dando held a Ministry of Defence funded fellowship in operational research at the University of Sussex. Since 2002, he has travelled extensively, focusing on the in-depth national implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.
Bricker is the editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Prior to joining the Bulletin in May 2010, she was with World Affairs journal, where she launched the publication's website and managed blogs written by top foreign policy experts. Before that she worked for seven years in Prague, where she wrote and edited for a number of publications, including Marie Claire, the International Herald Tribune, Time magazine, Christian Science Monitor, among others. She has reported from Iran, Uganda, and Bosnia, among several other countries. Her journalism degree is from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
A physicist trained at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Podvig works as a research associate at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation. His expertise is in the Russian nuclear arsenal, U.S.-Russian relations, and nonproliferation. In 1995, he headed the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces Research Project, editing the project’s eponymous book, which provides an overview of the Soviet and Russian strategic forces and the technical capabilities of Russia's strategic weapon systems. His blog, "Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces," updates this information in real time.
Suzuki is a member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in Japan. Over the upcoming days, the goal of this personal column is to inform the public for better and accurate understanding of what is happening in Japan. The situation at the nuclear power stations in Japan is changing rapidly, and these updates reflect what the understanding of the tragedy is at the time of publishing; the statements are likely to change as more information is understood.