Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He previously served as vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress and director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His books include Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he serves on the World Economic Forum Global Council on Catastrophic Risks.
Cirincione worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations. The author of hundreds of articles on nuclear weapons issues, he has produced two DVDs, is a frequent commentator in the media, and has appeared in the films Countdown to Zero and Why We Fight. He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He teaches at the School of Foreign Service, in the graduate program, at Georgetown University.