Alix Neenan

Washington, DC




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Contributor Since 13 August 2020

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.

Mentor Background

What is your area of expertise?

  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Policy
  • Are you interested in mentoring high school or college students, or both?

  • High School Students
  • College Students
  • 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?


    What themes or topics would you be interested in lecturing or discussing with a class?

    Nuclear deterrence, policies and processes, theory, treaties

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