kluongo at partnershipforglobalsecurity.org
Kenneth N. Luongo is a recognized innovator, entrepreneur, and leader in global nuclear and transnational security policy. He is the president and founder of the Partnership for Global Security (PGS) and the Center for a Secure Nuclear Future. He has authored nearly 100 articles, been a TEDx presenter, engaged extensively with global media, and briefed governments and audiences around the world on nuclear and transnational security challenges and responses.
Ken has created and led a number of cross-cutting international coalitions and private sector-policy expert partnerships that fuse diverse expertise to develop actionable, realistic responses to rapidly evolving security challenges. These include: the Global Nexus Initiative (GNI) a joint project with the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) to analyze the interrelationships among climate change, nuclear energy and global security; a partnership with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) to address biosecurity dangers; the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group (NSGEG), that made groundbreaking recommendations for improving international nuclear security; the Nuclear Policy Leadership Initiative, designed to strengthen U.S.-South Korea partnership; and the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), a nuclear policy coalition.
Ken served from 1994-1997 as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for Nonproliferation Policy and simultaneously as the Director of the Office of Arms Control and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy. At DoE he led the Russia and Newly Independent States Nuclear Material Security Task Force that initiated the first-ever successful effort to secure Russian weapon-grade nuclear materials and prevent “loose nukes”. This evolved into a multi-billion dollar program. He also served as the Director of the Department of Energy’s North Korea Task Force, which secured the DPRK’s weapon-grade plutonium to prevent its use in a nuclear weapon.
Earlier in his career, Ken was a Senior Visiting Fellow and Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. He previously worked on Capitol Hill as the principal international security advisor on the staff of Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and William Proxmire (D-WI) and as a Subcommittee Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee. He also has been the Senior Washington Representative for Arms Control and International Security for the Union of Concerned Scientists and a Senior Program Associate with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, specializing in Science, Arms Control, and National Security.
Ken is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communication (now College of Communication) with a degree in journalism and received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service.
Nuclear Power for the Next Generation: Addressing Energy, Climate, and Security Challenges, with the Global Nexus Initiative, May 2, 2017.
Evolving Nuclear Governance for a New Era, with the Global Nexus Initiative, April 18, 2017.
A Framework for Advanced Reactor Deployment, with the Global Nexus Initiative, November 3, 2016.
Connecting the Dots to Fight Nuclear Terrorism and Climate Change, with Kenneth Brill, Huffington Post, March 29, 2016.
The Role and Responsibility of Nuclear Energy after Paris, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January 21, 2016.
The Role and Responsibility of Nuclear Power in a Carbon Constrained World, with the Global Nexus Initiative, December 2015.
Strengthening Nuclear Security Implementation Initiative: Evolution, Status, and Next Steps, with Bart Dal and Jonathan Herbach, NSGEG, October 27, 2015.
Stopping a Nuclear Nightmare: How We Can Secure Loose Nuclear Materials, The National Interest, October 24, 2014.
Integrating Nuclear Security Policy & Technology: Asian Centers of Excellence, with Sarah Williams, CSIS Policy Perspectives, July 17, 2014.
A Race to the Top in Nuclear Security Strategy, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 24, 2014.
Nuclear Terrorism Prevention at a Crossroads, with Kenneth C. Brill, Reuters, March 24, 2014.
Roadmap for Success of the Nuclear Security Summit and Beyond, Strategic Analysis, Vol 38, Issue 2, March 2014.
Preventing Weak Links in Nuclear Security: A Strategy for Soft and Hard Governance, with Michelle Cann, NSGEG Policy Paper, March 20, 2014.
Obama Retreats on Nuclear Security Funding, with Michelle Cann, PGS Policy Update, March 2014.
Endgame for the Nuclear Security Summits, Arms Control Today, Jan/Feb 2014.
Nuclear Security: Seoul, Netherlands, and Beyond,” with Michelle Cann, U.S.-Korea Institute at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, October 2013.
Improving Nuclear Security Governance Through the Nuclear Security Summits, European Leadership Network, September 4, 2013.
Building International Confidence and Responsibility in Nuclear Security, with Michelle Cann, NSGEG Policy Paper, June 27, 2013,
Challenges for Pakistan’s Nuclear Security, with Brig. Naeem Salik, Arms Control Today, March 2013.
Responsibility Beyond Rules: Leadership for a Secure Nuclear Future, NSGEG Policy Paper, March 18, 2013.
How to safeguard loose nukes, with Kenneth Brill, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, February 19, 2013.
Promoting Greater Transparency for Effective Nuclear Security, with Michelle Cann, NSGEG Policy Paper, February 12, 2013.
Obama’s modest gains in nuclear security vision, with Kenneth Brill, Politico, January 18, 2013.
Defining the End State of Improvement of Nuclear Security, NSGEG Conference Paper Series, November 14, 2012.
Improving Nuclear Security Regime Cohesion, with Michelle Cann, NSGEG Policy Paper, October 1, 2012.
Nuclear Security Governance for the 21st Century: An Action Plan for Progress, NSGEG Conference Paper Series, July 18, 2012,
A security system commensurate with the risk of nuclear terrorism, with Kenneth Brill, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 16, 2012.
Developing a System Commensurate with the Risk and Consequences of Nuclear Terrorism, with Kenneth Brill, McClatchy Washington Bureau, April 11, 2012.
Korea’s Role in Advancing 21st Century Nuclear Material Security Governance, Korea, April 2012.
Nuclear Terrorism: A Clear Danger, with Kenneth Brill, International Herald Tribune, March 15, 2012.