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Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach?

Thu, May 8, 2014, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

You are cordially invited to a book panel for 

Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing:
What Does History Teach?

The book’s authors will give short presentations:

Henry Sokolski, NPEC and Adjunct Professor at IWP
Charles Ferguson, Federation of American Scientists
Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists
Jodi Lieberman, American Physical Society

Also featuring commentary by:

Matthew McKinzie, Natural Resources Defense Council
Ryan Snyder, Federation of American Scientists 

Thursday, May 8
12:30-2:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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CHARLES D. FERGUSON has been president of the Federation of American Scientists since 2010. Previously, at the Council on Foreign Relations, he served as the project director of the Independent Task Force on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy, chaired by William J. Perry and Brent Scowcroft. In addition to his work at CFR, Dr. Ferguson was an adjunct professor in the security studies program at Georgetown University. He has written numerous articles on energy policy, missile defense, nuclear arms control, nuclear energy, nuclear proliferation, and nuclear terrorism. He has done scientific research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the University of Maryland and consulted with the Oak Ridge and Sandia National Laboratories, and the National Nuclear Security Administration. He graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy and served as a nuclear engineering officer on a ballistic-missile submarine. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Boston University.

JODI LIEBERMAN is a veteran of the arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear safety trenches, having worked at the Departments of State, Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has also served in an advisory capacity and as professional staff for several members of Congress in both the House of Representatives and Senate as well as the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Jodi currently spends her time advocating for science issues and funding as the Senior Government Affairs Specialist at the American Physical Society.

EDWIN LYMAN is a senior staff scientist in the Global Security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in Washington, DC.  Before coming to UCS in May 2003, he was president of the Nuclear Control Institute, a Washington-based organization committed to nuclear nonproliferation. He earned a doctorate in physics from Cornell University in 1992.  From 1992 to 1995, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (now the Science and Global Security Program). Dr. Lyman’s research focuses on the prevention of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism.  He has published articles and letters in journals and magazines including Science, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Science and Global Security, and Arms Control Today.  He is an active member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management.  Dr. Lyman has testified before Congress and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and has served as an expert witness for interveners in several NRC licensing proceedings.

MATTHEW MCKINZIE holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Nuclear Program in 1997, Matthew was a postdoctoral associate at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University where he was first introduced to public policy work. At NRDC, Matthew has focused his advocacy in the areas of nuclear power and the consequences of nuclear accidents, non-proliferation and arms control. His first major project for NRDC was to perform computer simulations of the U.S. nuclear war plan–research that introduced him to Geographic Information Systems or GIS. Since 2005 Matthew has also been on the staff of NRDC’s Lands and Wildlife Program where he has applied GIS to NRDC’s work on the impacts of oil and gas extraction on wilderness and wildlife in the Rocky Mountain region and utility-scale renewable energy siting in the American West.

RYAN A. SNYDER joined the Federation of American Scientists in January 2012 as a Fellow for Energy Studies. He comes to FAS after a previous life as a physicist. In graduate school, he was part of a research collaboration at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility that used parity-violating electron scattering to measure the strange-quark content of the nucleon. He has taught physics in the Washington, D.C., public school system and is currently an adjunct lecturer in physics at American University. He holds a Ph.D. in nuclear and particle physics from the University of Virginia and B.A. in physics from Kenyon College.

HENRY SOKOLSKI is the Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC). He previously served as Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy in the Department of Defense, and has worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment, as a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and as a member of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Senior Advisory Group. In the U.S. Senate, Mr. Sokolski served as a special assistant on nuclear energy matters to Senator Gordon Humphrey (R-NH), and as a legislative military aide to Dan Quayle (R-IN). He was appointed by Congress to serve on both the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism in 2008 and the Deutch WMD Proliferation Commission in 1999.  Mr. Sokolski has authored and edited a number of works on proliferation, including Best of Intentions: America’s Campaign Against Strategic Weapons Proliferation (2001) and Nuclear Weapons Security Crises: What Does History Teach? (Strategic Studies Institute, 2013.