Erin Dumbacher

Program Officer, Scientific and Technical Affairs

Erin D. Dumbacher joined NTI as a program officer for the Scientific and Technical Affairs program in September 2017. In this role, she works to strengthen cybersecurity for nuclear weapons systems and facilities and to improve nuclear materials security globally through the NTI Nuclear Security Index.

Prior to joining NTI, Dumbacher was a research leader and director at CEB, a research and advisory firm, where she developed primary research studies and best practices to improve financial services executives’ global operations. Dumbacher authored papers and advised on automation, applying Lean management principles to service operations, talent management, supply chain efficiency, as well as organizational change and restructuring initiatives. From 2007-2012, she served in corporate strategy and research management roles at Atlantic Media, supporting The Atlantic, National Journal, and Government Executive publications and leading Government Executive Media Group’s first in-house research division. Erin also held positions on the Cyber and National Security team of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and supported appropriations, national security policy, and public affairs work for U.S. Congressman Cramer of Alabama’s 5th District.

Dumbacher received a master’s degree in conflict management and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the Elliott School at the George Washington University. She was a visiting student at the Warsaw School of Economics in Warsaw, Poland and the Free University of Berlin, Germany. In 2010, she served as a Fulbright research Fellow in Tallinn, Estonia, where she studied the role information technology played in Estonia’s post-communist transition.


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Civil data

Detecting Proliferation Risks Through Public Data

NTI and C4ADS hope to build upon existing work in the field to demonstrate how use of publicly available data and network analysis techniques can supplement traditional monitoring and verification of international agreements. The project aims to identify trends and risk factors in international trade of dual-use goods and potentially to uncover how individuals, entities, and networks facilitate potentially illicit activity in a digital age.
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.
Cyber threats to command and control

Priorities for Cybersecurity at Nuclear Facilities

NTI is bringing together leading cybersecurity experts, nuclear security practitioners and other stakeholders to address cybersecurity threats to nuclear materials and facilities.

Cyber-Nuclear Weapons Study Group

NTI brought together high-level former senior military and government officials, policy experts, and cybersecurity experts to form a Cyber-Nuclear Weapons Study Group. The group examined the implications of cyber threats to nuclear weapons and related systems and has developed a set of options for our nuclear policies, postures, and doctrines that will reduce risks.