Samantha Pitts-Kiefer

Senior Program Officer & Director, Global Nuclear Policy Program

Samantha Pitts-Kiefer joined NTI in June 2012 and serves as Director of the Global Nuclear Policy Program.  At NTI, she co-leads two major projects: the NTI Nuclear Security Index and the Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities. Her recent focus has also included cyber security at nuclear facilities. In May 2012, Pitts-Kiefer completed an MPA degree at the Harvard Kennedy School where she focused on foreign policy and national security and received the Donald K. Price Award for academic excellence and community service. She also served as a research assistant for David Sanger on his book “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.” Prior to attending the Kennedy School, Pitts-Kiefer practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and clerked for the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Pitts-Kiefer is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a BA from St. Olaf College and a JD from Villanova University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Analysis

Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities: Building an Effective Global Nuclear Security System

The Nuclear Threat Initiative has convened government officials, experts, representatives from international organizations, and industry leaders since 2012 to define what a truly comprehensive and effective global nuclear security system would look like and has developed related recommendations. This paper is the culmination of this work and lays out a vision for strengthening the global nuclear security system and the steps needed to achieve it, including after the summit process ends.

2016 NTI Nuclear Security Index Report

The NTI Nuclear Security Index is a first-of-its-kind public benchmarking project of nuclear materials security conditions on a country-by-country basis. In 2016, the NTI Index assesses sabotage and cyber, for the first time.

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Projects

Global Dialogue Meeting

Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities

An international, cross-sector dialogue among leading government officials, experts, nuclear security practitioners, and other stakeholders to help shape the Nuclear Security Summit process and strengthen global nuclear materials security.
Credible Coding

Addressing Cyber-Nuclear Security Threats

Bringing together leading cybersecurity experts, nuclear security practitioners and other stakeholders to address cybersecurity threats to nuclear materials, nuclear facilities, and nuclear command, control, and communications.
Key

Cyber-Nuclear Weapons Study Group

NTI’s Cyber-Nuclear Weapons Study Group is examining the implications of cyber threats to nuclear weapons and related systems and is working to develop a set of options for our nuclear policies, postures, and doctrines that will reduce risks.
Trident Submarine

Military Materials Security Study Group

An international study group working to develop recommendations to tighten control of the 83 percent of the global stockpile of weapons-usable nuclear materials categorized as "military" and not subject to any international security standards or oversight mechanisms.
NTI Nuclear Security Index Presentation

NTI Nuclear Security Index

The NTI Nuclear Security Index is a first-of-its-kind public benchmarking project of nuclear materials security conditions on a country-by-country basis.