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Alexandra Bell

Title and Affiliation:

Senior Policy Director
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

PONI involvement:

  • Mid-Career Cadre
  • CSIS Next Generation Working Group: The Future of U.S.-Russian Nuclear Reductions

How has PONI impacted your career?

PONI has provided me with the ability to engage in scholarship beyond the scope of my day to day work.  PONI has also helped to expand my network of colleagues beyond the Beltway to scientists, engineers and researchers all around the United States and beyond.

Describe one PONI activity you participated in?

I had the privilege of joining a PONI trip that allowed us to visit parts of the UK nuclear weapons infrastructure. Not only was it fascinating, I was grateful to have the opportunity to hear about how another country is dealing with their own pressing nuclear policy decisions.

What one piece of advice would you have for those interested in joining the nuclear field?

Be patient and be persistent. Progress is this field is slow, but worthwhile.

Next Generation

Charlie Goetz

Title and Affiliation:

Student, School for Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies
B-2 Pilot, United States Air Force

PONI involvement:

2014 Nuclear Scholars’ Initiative, Next Generation Speakers’ Bureau, Mid-Career Cadre Program

How has PONI impacted your career?

My involvement with PONI has afforded me the opportunity to meet and consult with other nuclear professionals from around the world. The incredible perspective gained from these interactions has made me a more effective operator and advisor. My involvement with PONI continues to prepare me to develop and write better policy and strategy for the Department of Defense.

Describe one PONI activity you participated in?

I can’t narrow it down to just one. Everything I have done with PONI has been exceptional! After joining the Speakers’ Bureau, I was invited to speak at the Kansas City National Security Complex for 250+ employees and George Washington University to the Elliott School of International Affairs. These two experiences demonstrate how PONI offers the opportunity to engage at all levels, from graduate students to professional experts who have spent decades in the field. Both experiences were incredible and challenged me as a speaker and advocate for the enterprise. One of my favorite events so far was the Mid-Career Cadre trip to the United Kingdom. Traveling with UK PONI and the Royal United Studies Institute was fascinating, but more importantly, introduced me to several new colleagues and friends I have stayed in touch with and routinely consult.

What one piece of advice would you have for those interested in joining the nuclear field?

Jump in with both feet and start with PONI. The nuclear enterprise is incredible. Whether you are interested in policy and international relations, military strategy, or engineering, the nuclear enterprise is an evolving field with unprecedented opportunities. PONI will give you instant access to the most extensive network of nuclear experts ever available. It has never been easier to get involved in nuclear matters.

Next Generation

Jared Dunnmon

Title and Affiliation:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Computer Science
Stanford University

PONI involvement:

2016 PONI Nuclear Scholar

How has PONI impacted your career?

PONI has given me an opportunity to leverage my technical background towards ensuring nuclear security for the next generation. The process of gaining knowledge from meetings and seminars, being exposed to ideas from other young leaders, having my PONI research article circulated in venues such as the USSTRATCOM daily news brief, and connecting with impactful senior leadership in nuclear security has been nothing short of transformative. Moving forward, PONI is providing the groundwork for continuing to engage in nuclear security issues via participation in a Carnegie Foundation grant program that builds on some of the research I worked on during the program.

Describe one PONI activity you participated in?

One of the most memorable PONI activities I participated in was a mock multinational crisis-response scenario — the amount I learned about the difficulties of coordinating such a response (and the efficacy of cyber-warfare) was remarkable.

What one piece of advice would you have for those interested in joining the nuclear field?

A common assumption for new entrants into the nuclear field is that they may not have the requisite background to contribute. On the contrary, nuclear security is an incredibly broad field, requiring expertise from disciplines as diverse as engineering, management, law, and diplomacy. Whatever one’s specialty may be, it is highly likely that both the country and the world could both benefit from its application to critical problems in nuclear security.