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 as director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. Cirincione serves on the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board, which provides the U.S. Department of State with independent insight and advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, international security, and related aspects of public diplomacy. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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. A frequent commentator in the media, he has authored hundreds of articles on nuclear weapons issues, is the producer of two DVDs, and 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 graduate program for the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.