Center for Arms Control


Kingston Reif

Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation
202-546-0795 ext. 2103
kreif AT armscontrolcenter DOT org

Areas of Expertise: Nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear weapons, arms control, missile defense, defense budget, nuclear security, nuclear terrorism prevention, legislative process

Kingston Reif is the Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where his work focuses on nuclear weapons, arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, preventing nuclear terrorism, missile defense, and the defense budget. He is an expert on the legislative process and closely monitors Congressional action on nuclear weapons policy, budgets, and related issues.

Reif originally came to the Center in 2008 as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow. From September 2008 until May 2009 he served as Dr. Morton Halperin’s research assistant on the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission. Reif returned to the Center in May 2009 as the Deputy Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation.

Reif writes a monthly column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and edits the Nukes of Hazard blog. In addition, he has published articles and op-eds in Survival, Defense News, the Hill, the World Politics Review, and AOL Defense. A regular commentator in the media, he has been quoted in such publications as the New York Times, Time, Defense News, Global Security Newswire,, US News and World Report, and has been interviewed on radio and TV, including on C-SPAN's Washington Journal program.

Reif holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University. He spent two years in the U.K. as a British Marshall Scholar where he received a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a M.Litt. in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews.

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Kingston in the News

Jul 3, 2014

Think Progress Story on Iran Quotes Kingston Reif

“Pointing to Syria as a model for Iran doesn’t work in the way Dermer thinks it does,” Reif said. “Syria possessed a large chemical weapons arsenal for over three decades before it was forced to give it up in the wake of the actual use of these weapons. This arsenal was a direct threat to Israel. Clearly it would not be in Israel’s interest for Iran to acquire and possess nuclear weapons for decades before giving them up.

May 26, 2014

The Hill Story on Nuclear Nonproliferation Cooperation Quotes Kingston Reif

The Senate measure could also be a “pre-emptive effort” to head off further GOP efforts to dismantle the administration’s nuclear disarmament work, said Kingston Reif, director of nuclear non-proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

May 19, 2014

Knoxville News Sentinel Covers the Center's Non-Proliferation Report Card

Kingston Reif, the center’s director of nuclear non-proliferation programs, said in a statement distributed this afternoon, “President Obama has often stated that a mushroom cloud over Manhattan is what keeps him up at night, but his budget request slashed hundreds of millions of dollars from critical programs that keep dangerous nuclear and radiological materials out of the hands of terrorists.”

May 17, 2014

Economist Story on Missile Defense Quotes Kingston Reif

Such an approach would fail against really big countries like China and Russia (which in any case can launch missiles from undetectable submarines). In one sense this is a plus: what does not work against a country cannot antagonise it. Congress would oppose any system that would spur an arms race, says Kingston Reif of the Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a think-tank.

Recent Articles by Kingston

Aug 21, 2014

The Air Force can’t hide from the cost of nuclear weapons

Rebuilding the Air Force’s current suite of nuclear forces won’t come cheaply, writes Kingston Reif.

Aug 15, 2014

Senate Appropriators Defy Administration on Nukes

A summary and analysis of the FY 2015 Senate Appropriations Committee Energy and Water Bill bill and report.

Aug 14, 2014

Fact Sheet: Government, Former Government Officials Agree: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Spending Plans Enormously Costly

A collection of quotes from U.S. military leaders and nuclear laboratory officials on the costs of nuclear weapons.

Aug 14, 2014

Real Clear Defense Publishes Article on Nuclear Weapons Policy and Spending by Kingston Reif

"Fortunately, the United States can guarantee its security and that of its allies in a more fiscally sustainable manner by continuing to pursue further reductions in U.S. nuclear forces and scaling back current modernization plans," writes Kingston Reif.

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