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Joseph F Pilat

Global Fellow
International Security Studies

Contact Information:
Program Manager, National Security Office, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Sep 01, 2013
Sep 30, 2015


Ph.D. in History (European and Russian), August 1982, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; M.A. in Government, May 1975; B.A. in Philosophy, June 1973


  • Senior Advisor, National Security Office, Office of the Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2006-present. Providing policy support to Laboratory Director, senior leadership and division programs, administering and conducting analyses for the Laboratory, DOE/NNSA, and other U.S. government agencies, particularly in the areas of arms control, nonproliferation, counterproliferation and counterterrorism.
  • Member, Steering Committee, University of California's Institute on Conflict and Cooperation, 2007-present.
  • Member, Proliferation Resistance and Physical Protection (PR&PP) Working Group, Gen IV International Forum, 2006-present.


Nuclear weapons; nonproliferation; arms control and disarmament; terrorism; counterterrorism; international security

Major Publications

  • "Causes of Terrorism" in Proceedings of a CICA/STR International Conference, Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain, September 27 – 30, 2007, 2008.
  • "Nuclear Safeguards and the Security of Nuclear Materials," in Nuclear Safeguards, Security And Nonproliferation: Achieving Security with Technology and Policy, Elsevier, 2008. (Co-author.)
  • "Evaluating International Safeguards Systems," in Nuclear Safeguards, Security And Nonproliferation: Achieving Security with Technology and Policy, Elselvier, 2008. (Co-author.)
  • Atoms for Peace: A Future after 50 Years? (Woodrow Wilson Center and The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007)
  • NATO and the NPT (NATO Defense College, 2007)
  • "The End of the NPT Regime?" International Affairs (2007)
Previous Terms at the Wilson Center:
Senior Scholar, " The History of Nonproliferation", Jul 1, 2008 - May 30, 2013

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