Nonproliferation and Biodefense Program

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FDD’s Nonproliferation and Biodefense Program seeks to counter the possession and development of nuclear, chemical, radiological, and biological weapons – and the means to deliver them – by America’s adversaries.

Program experts share the nonpartisan goal of restoring an international standard of zero chemical weapons use and improving nuclear material security, while actively countering flawed narratives and policies. U.S. allies and partners also seek to prevent the rise of additional nuclear weapon states in violation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

While nonproliferation efforts have focused on deterring and preparing for biological weapons use, the COVID-19 pandemic reinforces the need for a flexible U.S. biodefense policy that can simultaneously detect and prepare for the next pandemic.

Harnessing FDD’s approach of producing actionable research and policy options, the Nonproliferation and Biodefense Program will focus on four pillars: biodefense and pandemic preparedness; nuclear nonproliferation; zero chemical weapons; and deterring and devaluing WMD-delivery vehicles and conventional long-range strike capabilities.

Ambassador Jackie Wolcott, former U.S. representative to the United Nations in Vienna and the U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, serves as the chair of the Program. Anthony Ruggiero serves as the Program’s Senior Director, bringing broad experience in the fields of counterproliferation and nonproliferation. Andrea Stricker serves as deputy director, bringing expertise on nonproliferation, Iran, North Korea, and other security policy topics.

FDD’s Nonproliferation and Biodefense Program works closely with each of FDD’s programs and centers.

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Former Deputy Assistant to President Obama and National Security Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden
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