MR. AL MAURONI – DIRECTOR
Mr. Al Mauroni is the Director, U.S. Air Force Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies. In this position, he oversees education and research in counter-WMD policy and nuclear deterrence operations at the Air War College. He has more than 30 years of experience in Department of Defense (DoD) countering weapons of mass destruction (C-WMD) policy and program development. He has developed and coordinated joint concepts, strategic plans, information papers, budget analyses, and related briefings within the areas of passive defense, consequence management, and homeland defense/civil support. Over his career, he has worked C-WMD issues for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Joint Chiefs of Staff. This has included supporting the initial stand-up and management of the DoD Chemical-Biological Defense Program; executing aspects of the DoD Domestic Preparedness Program; supporting counterproliferation policy and budget analysis for the Joint Staff J5 and J8; establishing the Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense; facilitating federal-state coordination within the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program; executing DTRA's non-medical CB defense science and technology research portfolio; and modernizing Air Force C-WMD capabilities. Mr. Mauroni served as a U.S. Army chemical officer for seven years before leaving active duty in 1992. He holds a master's degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is the author of seven books and numerous journal articles. His latest book is Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction: Assessing U.S. Government Policy, Rowman & Littlefield, New York, 2016.
MR. PATRICK ELLIS
Mr. Ellis is a WMD/Homeland Security analyst at the USAF Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies located on Maxwell AFB, AL. He specializes in WMD terrorism, homeland security, and disaster/emergency management issues. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in Asian Studies/government and politics, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a Masters degree in International Relations. He completed specialized courses at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, US Army Chemical School, and USAF Special Operations School. Mr. Ellis has developed and taught WMD and Asymmetric Warfare related topics for the Air Force Institute of Technology, Senior NCO Academy, and the Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development's Air Force Incident Management course. As an Air War College faculty member he has taught elective courses such as Asymmetric Warfare Issues, International Rivals, and WMD Issues for the USAF. He was the course director for a two term Nuclear Threats, Countermeasures, and Enterprise research elective, and is currently the Homeland Security and Defense elective course director. His other interests are the study of globalization, the undeveloped world, irregular warfare, and homeland security. He co-edited the USAF Counterproliferation Center's 2011 book titled Tailored Deterrence: Influencing States and Groups of Concern, and authored a chapter on "National Resilience as a Deterrence Factor." He also co-authored with Randall J. Larsen a chapter titled "Securing the Homeland: The First Decade," found in the book Avoiding the Abyss: Progress, Shortfalls, and the Way Ahead in Combating the WMD Threat, published by Praeger Security International in 2006.
DR. JAMES E. PLATTE
Dr. James E. Platte is an Assistant Professor with the USAF Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies, where he is an instructor for the Deterrence Research Task Force elective course and conducts research on nuclear deterrence and proliferation. Prior to joining CSDS in 2017, Dr. Platte was an intelligence research specialist with the U.S. Department of Energy, and he also has worked on nuclear counterproliferation with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Nuclear Security Administration. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and has held research fellowships with the East-West Center, Pacific Forum CSIS, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Platte broadly is interested in the military and commercial applications of nuclear energy, and his research particularly focuses on nuclear issues in East Asia, including North Korea's nuclear program, U.S. extended deterrence, and the proliferation of nuclear technology across the region.
DR. PAIGE P. CONE
Dr. Paige P. Cone is an Assistant Professor with the USAF Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies (CSDS), where she is an instructor for the Deterrence Research Task Force elective course and conducts research on nuclear deterrence and (non)proliferation. Prior to joining CSDS, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Chicago and Chicago Project on Security and Threats’ first nonproliferation fellow. Dr. Cone received her Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. She is broadly interested in U.S. strategies of counterproliferation and extended deterrence and more specifically interested in the effectiveness of positive inducements in arms control. Her work has been featured in The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and on CSPAN.
DR. LEW STEINHOFF
Dr. Lew Steinhoff is the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Faculty Chair with the Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies (CSDS) at the USAF Air War College. In this role, Dr. Steinhoff advises AWC faculty, staff and students on the NNSA mission of maintaining and enhancing the U.S. nuclear weapon stockpile. Additionally he assists in development of curriculum, teaches, evaluates student performance, and advises on student research. Prior to coming to CSDS, Dr. Steinhoff directed the Nuclear Weapon Acquisition Professional (NWAP) Certification Program at NNSA and has over 34 years of Defense and National Security experience. Dr. Steinhoff is an Adjunct Professor with San Diego Christian College and has written and presented internationally on leadership. He has also authored technical papers on production technologies and stockpile materials. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University, a Master of Engineering Management from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.