Samantha Pitts-Kiefer

Senior 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 has led two major projects: the NTI Nuclear Security Index and the Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities. Her recent focus has also included cyber security of nuclear weapons and related systems and nuclear facilities, U.S.-Russia relations, and nuclear weapons policy and disarmament. 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

A Roadmap for America’s Nuclear Policy and Posture

To coincide with a Bloomberg View op-ed published today by Ernest J. Moniz and Sam Nunn, NTI published six related policy papers that together provide an alternative vision and roadmap for America’s nuclear policy and posture and a template for Congress and the American people to evaluate the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).

2017 NPT PrepCom: Sleepy Conference Masks Continuing Tensions

Over the past two weeks, delegations from states party to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) met in Vienna for the first preparatory committee meeting (PrepCom) of the 2020 NPT review conference (RevCon) cycle.

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Projects

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Security Council

Global Enterprise to Strengthen Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

NTI’s Global Enterprise to Strengthen Non-Proliferation and Disarmament offers an unofficial forum to foster dialogue, identify areas of agreement, understand areas of disagreement, and explore possible paths forward. The forum includes representation from more than 20 countries and the United Nations.