Title and Affiliation:

Associate Research Analyst, Center for Naval Analyses

PONI involvement:

2019 Nuclear Scholars Initiative

How has PONI impacted your career?

CSIS PONI has been an excellent network for me to tap in to on my early career journey. I have met so many intelligent, hardworking, and supportive individuals through PONI’s conferences, events, and the PONI Scholars class. I always look forward to participating in PONI activities because they are great opportunities to learn something new from other experts and to reconnect with other nuclear nerds!

Describe one PONI activity you participated in?

Our journey with the 2019 PONI Scholars Class is just beginning, but I had a lot of fun in our nuclear war game we did during out January 2019 meeting. I think our group did a great job of respectfully hearing everyone’s opinion out when weighing options and of building consensus. It was so crazy that we got the same results and scenario as another group too, I guess great minds really do think alike!

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

Take the time to deeply educate yourself on the subject, not just by reading op-eds but by revisiting the Cold War classics, scholarly writings on strategic stability and deterrence theory, and policy documents, attending events, meeting with experts, etc. There are a lot of ways to prepare yourself to work in this field without the typical structure of academia and the more you understand its foundations, the better equipped you will be once you begin your career in it.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I once met Elon Musk and didn’t realize who he was.

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