William M. Moon

Consultant, Nuclear Security Program

William M. Moon is an Independent Consultant, conducting research and writing on cooperation with Russia, Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), and Nuclear Security. He retired from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in February 2019 after 30 years of federal service.

Mr. Moon was the Global Nuclear Security Program Manager for CTR programs with Russia, China, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan from 1992-2014. He implemented over $2B of nuclear warhead security programs in partnership with the Russian Ministry of Defense. Mr. Moon also served over three years as EUCOM Theater Support Team Lead.

Mr. Moon was awarded the Arthur Fleming Award for Outstanding Federal Service 2002 and was also awarded the DTRA Gold and Silver Meritorious Service Medals. He received the National Defense University Foundation Writing Award. His recent publications include:

  • “Beyond Arms Control: Cooperative Nuclear Weapons Reductions – A New Paradigm to Roll Back Nuclear Weapons and Increase Security and Stability,” The Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, February 26, 2020.
  • “Initiating a Cooperative Denuclearization Effort with North Korea,” The Nonproliferation Review, Volume 26, Nos. 5/6, January 3, 2020.

Mr. Moon has Masters Degrees from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

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2000 Russian Ministry of Defense Visit to Francis E. Warren Air Force Base

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