Dr. Natasha Bajema has built a 20-year career in national security with a specialized focus on reducing the risks of nuclear weapons, biological weapons, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. Natasha is the CEO and Founder, Nuclear Spin Cycle, LLC, an innovative startup which produces creative content with national security impact. She is also currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic Risks and an NSquare Fellow. From 2008 to 2019, Natasha spent more than ten years at the National Defense University where she taught an elective course on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that examines the development of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons through documentaries, TV, and film. At NDU, she also led a multi-year initiative exploring the impact of emerging technologies on WMD. From 2010 to 2013, Natasha held a long-term detail assignment serving in various capacities in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics, Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs and in Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Natasha has also completed stints at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch of the Office for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations. Natasha is the author of three published science fiction mystery novels in the Lara Kingsley Series and the host of the Authors of Mass Destruction podcast. She holds an M.A. in international policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
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