I am a DC-based analyst currently supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, where I specialize in nuclear weapons acquisition. I have also supported the US Navy, and the Department of Energy on various nuclear issues.
What is your area of expertise?
Are you interested in mentoring high school or college students, or both?
How did you become interested in this area?
I worked as a Research Assistant when I was in college. The professor was writing about defense budgeting, and I ended up learning about Eisenhower’s New Look. I became fascinated by nuclear weapons history and policy, and was able to secure an internship at the company I now work for.
What was your career path to get here?
I was an intern at the company I now work for, so I have a fairly straightforward path. I started working nuclear policy-oriented issues, then I worked a bit on arms control issues, before I ended up where I am now.
Why should the public care?
Nuclear issues apply to everyone in practice, and it is important to have a well-informed public to ensure that we have solid nuclear policies and practices.
What is a current issue or trend that concerns you?
Making sure that the nuclear community becomes more diverse.
Would you be willing to speak to a classroom about your work?Yes
What themes or topics would you be interested in lecturing or discussing with a class?
Nuclear deterrence, policies and processes, theory, treaties