Heather Looney, Senior Advisor in NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN), will summarize how DNN is executing and implementing U.S. nuclear nonproliferation and arms control priorities and keeping apace of relevant emerging trends and technologies. Additionally from DNN’s Office of Global Material Security, Scott Shrum, Deputy Director for the Office of International Nuclear Security, will present on ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear material theft and sabotage of nuclear facilities worldwide. They will be joined by Dallas Boyd, Chief of Staff in NNSA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation, who will speak on the historical background of the nuclear terrorism threat. He will also discuss previous attempts to quantify the probability and consequences of a terrorist nuclear attack and differing viewpoints on the optimal approach to contend with nuclear threats.

Heather K. Looney is the Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. Looney has twenty years of specialized experience in nuclear nonproliferation and security, Weapons of Mass Destruction counterterrorism, and nuclear incident preparedness and response. She has served on several U.S. interagency negotiating teams for nuclear treaties and agreements on the security of nuclear and radiological materials and is an expert on multilateral nuclear policy issues. Other key positions held include serving as Visiting Faculty to the National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs and Director of the Office of Nuclear Incident Policy and Cooperation at NNSA. Looney began her nuclear policy career while stationed in Moscow, Russia, and holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Georgetown University.

Scott Shrum serves as the Deputy Director for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s International Nuclear Security (INS) office, which leads U.S. government efforts worldwide to reduce the risks of nuclear material theft and sabotage. In this capacity he has set strategic direction for nuclear security engagement with nearly 60 countries on priority topics such as physical protection, cyber security, and insider threat mitigation, as well as emerging threats and technologies. Prior to INS, Shrum served for four years as a Department of Energy Attaché in the U.S. Embassies in Kyiv and Moscow, where he helped manage a wide range of nuclear security, nuclear energy, and oil and gas issues. Before that, he spent seven years in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Weapons Material Protection, overseeing security upgrades at several large Russian sites. Shrum also spent nearly two years in Moscow working on U.S. State Department weapons scientist redirection efforts at the International Science and Technology Center, as well as one year in Almaty, Kazakhstan working on export control and other nuclear nonproliferation programs for NNSA. Shrum has a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Russian and European Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Dallas Boyd serves as Chief of Staff of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation. From 2017-2018, he was the Director for Countering Nuclear Terrorism on the National Security Council staff. Previously Boyd served as a Strategic Communications Adviser to the NNSA Administrator. Additional experience includes support to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, USSTRATCOM’s Strategic Deterrence Assessment Laboratory, and the DoD Office of Nuclear Matters. Boyd also served as Communications Director for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a B.A. in History from The Citadel and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government. Boyd’s writings have been published in the National Interest, Nonproliferation Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Washington Quarterly, Homeland Security Affairs, and Motorcyclist.