William H. Tobey, deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) from 2006 to 2009, was named a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. There he will work with the center’s nuclear team.
Tobey ’84, an HKS graduate with a master’s degree in public policy, served as deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at NNSA. In that position he led a team of 400 employees and worked with more than 100 countries to prevent nuclear proliferation and terrorism by detecting, securing, and disposing of dangerous nuclear materials. Tobey also managed NNSA’s $2 billion comprehensive nonproliferation and threat reduction programs to secure nuclear and radiological materials, prevent the smuggling of nuclear material across borders and through seaports, halt the flow of nuclear expertise and technology to terrorist organizations or rogue states, and eliminate inventories of surplus nuclear material. He was also responsible for overseeing policy formulation and implementation governing U.S. export controls on nuclear material and technology.
At the Belfer Center, Tobey will contribute to the center’s initiative to reduce the dangers posed by the current unraveling of the global nuclear order and will help advance work begun by the Commission of Eminent Persons to find ways to maximize contributions of nuclear technologies to human well-being while minimizing the risks of nuclear weapon proliferation and nuclear terrorist attacks.