The PONI Mid-Career Cadre is a select group comprised of nuclear professionals that have been in the field for 5 or more years and demonstrate particular promise for developing expertise and moving into leadership positions. Mid-career members come from technical, policy, and military backgrounds, and work for organizations including the national laboratories, think tanks, NGOs, universities, and various federal agencies. Cadre members participate for three-year terms.
PONI created the cadre to continue to engage with professionals beyond the nascent stage of their careers and to provide them with educational and developmental opportunities. Activities for the cadre include international exchanges, engagements with senior experts, multilateral dialogues, and opportunities to mentor young professionals in PONI’s other programs. Mid-career events occur on a monthly basis.
Opportunities for engagement:
PONI works with international partners to organize two week-long international exchanges per year. The most recent exchange took place in Vienna, where participants spent the week at various international organizations including the IAEA, CTBTO, and VCDNP. Previous exchanges included dialogues with French mid-career professionals and tours of the sea-borne component of the French deterrent, a tour of the U.K. nuclear deterrent, a visit to the Nevada test site, and discussions on nuclear policy at NATO HQ.
Engagements with Senior Leaders
PONI hosts private roundtables at CSIS for cadre members. Recent roundtables featured former U.S. government officials, including Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz, and embassy representatives from Japan, South Korea, and Australia.
In 2017, PONI hosted the inaugural Mid-Career International Dialogue, which brought together mid-career professionals from Japan, South Korea, the U.S, the U.K., France and Poland to discuss European and Asian security challenges. Participants also partook in a tabletop exercise on North Korean escalation and collapse.
Support a young professional in our current class of Nuclear Scholars by advising on their research project.
PONI provides opportunities for Mid-Career Cadre members to publish blog posts and longer commentary on our website, the Nuclear Network.
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, or to serve as moderators for panels at the annual conference series.
Deep Dive Workshops
Deep Dive workshops bring together a diverse group of 20-30 participants to participate in collaborative research and develop recommendations relating to one key question in the nuclear field whose solution requires innovative and interdisciplinary approaches. Recent and upcoming deep dive topics include the U.S. tritium stockpile and the future of nuclear command and control.
Nuclear professionals with more than five years of experience in the field are welcome to apply.
For the time being, given resource constraints, the Mid-Career Cadre is only open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who work in the United States or who are affiliated with formal PONI partner organizations. Additionally, while PONI does its best to ensure that all Cadre members are able to participate in the full range of Mid-Career programing, we cannot guarantee that foreign nationals will be granted access to the facilities where Mid-Career activities often take place.
PONI is working on expanding its programming so that more internationally-based nuclear professionals can take advantage of it, so stay tuned for future opportunities. In the meantime, PONI will continue to engage our foreign colleagues whenever possible.