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June 2, 2022
Kingston Reif, Director of Disarmament & Threat Reduction Policy

Kingston Reif, Director of Disarmament/Threat Reduction Policy
Kingston A. Reif

Kingston A. Reif was the Director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association from October 2014 to November 2021, when he left to become the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Threat Reduction and Arms Control at the Pentagon. His focus at ACA was on nuclear disarmament, deterrence, and arms control, preventing nuclear terrorism, missile defense, and the defense budget. Reif is an expert on the legislative process and closely monitors Congressional action on these issues.

Prior to joining the Arms Control Association, Reif was the Director of Nuclear-Nonproliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation and Council for a Livable World. Reif originally came to the Center in 2008 as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow. From September 2008 until May 2009 he served as Dr. Morton Halperinâ's research assistant on the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission. Reif returned to the Center in May 2009 as the Deputy Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation.

Reif holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University. He spent two years in the U.K. as a British Marshall Scholar where he received a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a M.Litt. in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews. He is a 2014 Truman National Security Project Fellow and a 2018 Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellow.

Reif has published articles and op-eds in various outlets, including the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, DefenseOne, Time, Defense News, and the Hill. He has been quoted in such publications as The Economist, The New York Times, Time, Defense News, National Journal, FoxNews.com, and US News and World Report. He has also been interviewed on TV and radio outlets, including C-SPAN's Washington Journal program, CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and Al-Jazeera.

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