The PONI Mid-Career Cadre is a select group comprised of nuclear professionals that have been in the field for 3 or more years and demonstrate particular promise for expertise and moving into leadership positions in the nuclear field. PONI created the cadre to continue to engage with professionals beyond the nascent stage of their careers. Opportunities and activities for the cadre include international exchanges, engagements with senior experts, simulations, meetings with embassy representatives, networking sessions, and opportunities to mentor young professionals in PONI’s other programs. Cadre members will participate for three-year terms.

Opportunities for engagement:

International Events

Mid-Career Cadre members have the opportunity to participate in bilateral and trilateral discussions and exchanges—recent events included a tour of the UK nuclear deterrent, and discussions on nuclear policy at NATO HQ.

Engagement with Senior Leaders

As a primary center for nuclear thinking, leaders from across the nuclear enterprise request PONI assistance or input on projects, roundtables, and other initiatives. These opportunities are typically scheduled in conjunction with PONI conferences. PONI also hosts private roundtables at CSIS for cadre members. Recent roundtables featured embassy representatives from Japan, South Korea, and Australia.

Mentorship Opportunities

Support a young professional in our current class of Nuclear Scholars by advising on their research project.

PONI Events

Cadre members are invited to attend all PONI events, including the annual conference series or public events such as the debate series. Members of the cadre are frequently invited to present their research at public events.

Next Generation Speakers Bureau

Join our collection of some of the best and brightest emerging nuclear experts as a “battle-tested” speaker, ready to provide a fresh voice on nuclear matters at a wide variety of conferences and events. PONI provides opportunities when available for cadre members to attend international conferences and present their research.

Mid-Career Development Sessions

Participate in comprehensive break-out sessions, simulations, and networking opportunities to further stimulate debate and growth.