I Am Become Barista

Honestly, I am still pretty surprised this went as far as it did. For the past 5 months, I have been working at Ploughshares Fund where I was provided with the wonderful opportunity to work in the nuclear field right out of graduate school. I had access to the lively world of DC nuclear politics … Continue reading I Am Become Barista


Space the final frontier

I grew up watching Star Trek, Next Generation specifically and then moved on to Voyager. So it’s fair to say that I grew up imagining which role in the space-faring peace force I would want to be stationed in. Alas, I realized that entering Star Fleet was not a viable career goal and moved on … Continue reading Space the final frontier

North Korea….. What is going on with that?

While I am certainly not a North Korean expert and have not even graduated from my master’s program yet, I am the only nuclear policy person that many of my friends and family know so, understandably, I will typically get questions like this: “Ok, so I just saw the news about that last North Korean … Continue reading North Korea….. What is going on with that?

My Zombie Memo

  Why Bioterrorism Could Start the Zombie Apocalypse Bioterrorism has been relatively minor in relation to CBRN terrorism throughout history, this could all change with the creation of a zombie virus. Appropriately suited for groups seeking to instigate the apocalypse, the zombie virus would be the ideal weapon to cause mass casualties… meaning everyone.   … Continue reading My Zombie Memo

Finally, Reality Matches the NIE

Hello! Reporting back in now that the Fall semester is underway. I am taking a class this semester titled "The Evolution of Chinese Nuclear Policy," in which we have been looking at the path China took to develop nuclear weapons (and delivery systems). Typically we will start with a US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) and … Continue reading Finally, Reality Matches the NIE