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

Apr 1, 2014

Global Security Newswire Story on Nuclear Security Cooperations with Russia Quotes Kingston Reif

Kingston Reif, a policy analyst with the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, said in an email that the decision to rescind the request for the laser technology "raises questions" about whether Pentagon and NNSA officials are reconsidering moving forward with other nonproliferation projects in Russia.

Mar 30, 2014

Washington Times Story on Missile Defense Quotes Kingston Reif

“Because it makes us feel good to poke Russia in the eye does not mean it’s a good national security decision,” he told The Times in an interview. “There are smart and effective ways to punish Russia and help Ukraine and our Eastern European allies and there are counterproductive ways that amount to little more than political posturing.”

Mar 24, 2014

U.S. News & World Report Story on 2014 Nuclear Security Summit Quotes Kingston Reif

“That the country is getting rid of this material sends a signal to other countries,” says Kingston Reif, a nuclear weapons and terrorism expert at the D.C.-based Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

Mar 21, 2014

Global Security Newswire Story on Cruise Missile Defense Quotes Kingston Reif

"The idea is to cobble together enough stuff [so] that maybe something will work. But none of these systems were designed for cruise-missile defense," Kingston Reif, an analyst with the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, said in an e-mail.

Recent Articles by Kingston

Apr 16, 2014

Fact Sheet: FY 2015 Budget Request for Nuclear and Radiological Material Security and Nonproliferation Programs

A summary of the FY 2015 budget request for nuclear and radiological security and nonproliferation programs.

Apr 3, 2014

Ukraine and the future of nonproliferation

How will Russia’s annexation of Crimea affect other countries’ efforts to become or remain nuclear powers, asks Kingston Reif in his March/April Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists column?

Mar 18, 2014

Fact Sheet: FY 2015 Budget Request for Replacement Nuclear Delivery Systems and Warhead Life Extension Programs

A summary of the FY 2015 budget request for nuclear weapons replacement and warhead life extension programs.

Mar 6, 2014

New Obama Budget Slashes Nonproliferation

For the third year in a row the NNSA budget submission continues a disturbing trend of cutting funding for core nuclear and radiological material security programs, writes Kingston Reif.

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