Bruce Blair, Nagasaki 2015

Dr. Bruce G. Blair is a research scholar in the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also the co-founder of Global Zero, an international movement seeking the universal elimination of nuclear weapons, and the principal author of its policy reports.

Blair is an expert on U.S. and Russian security policies, specializing in nuclear forces and command-control systems; in 1999, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship Prize for his work on de-alerting nuclear forces. Prior to his appointment at Princeton University, Blair was the founder and president of the World Security Institute where he helped establish the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. From 1987 to 2000, he was a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He served as a project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment from 1982 to 1985. From 1970 to 1974, Blair served in the U.S. Air Force as a Minuteman ICBM launch control officer and as a support officer for the Strategic Air Command’s Airborne Command Post.

Blair received a B.S. from the University of Illinois and a PhD in operations research from Yale University. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, to which he was appointed in 2011.