William M. Moon is a Nonresident Fellow with the Nuclear Security Program. He is an expert on Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), nuclear security, and arms control with particular experience working on nuclear warhead security and arms control verification cooperation with Russia. 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’s 12th Main Directorate. Mr. Moon also served over three years as EUCOM Theater Support Team Lead for DTRA and has been an independent consultant since 2019, including serving as a Consultant to the Stimson Center’s Nuclear Security Program where he has contributed numerous “Field Notes” articles describing his experiences working on nuclear security with Russia. In addition, he has provided consulting services to the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and University of Maryland, Center for the Study or Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
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 additional 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.
- “WMD Threat Reduction Programs Suffer from Neglect,” National Defense, Nov 4, 2020.
- “How Federal Managers Can Improve Hiring Practices Right Now,” Government Executive, Oct 5, 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.