Dr. Blair is a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings
Institute. His academic research concentrates on the nuclear command and
control of U.S. and Russian strategic weapons. He is a former Colonel in U.S.
Strategic Command and served as a Minuteman launch officer.
He is an expert on the security of weapons-usable nuclear material in
the former Soviet Union and served as adviser to the White House Office of
Science and Technology in the Clinton administration. He is currently
Assistant Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at
Harvard University's Center for Science and International Affairs.
He was the Assistant Secretary of Defense under William Perry in the
Clinton administration. He prepared and presented the Nuclear Posture Review in
1993, and was directly involved in Project Sapphire and the removal of nuclear
missiles from the Ukraine. He is currently at the Center for Science and
International Affairs at Harvard University.
He recently retired from the Strategic Rocket Forces and is now the Director of
the Fourth Central Research Institute in Moscow, which is responsible for
strategic nuclear planning and policy. He is a top advisor to the Russian
Minister of Defense, General Igor Sergeyev and acts as a liaison to the U.S.
military and the Department of Defense.
He is a Republican senator from Indiana and is chairman of the Senate Armed
Services Committee. With Democratic Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia he led early efforts to secure the nuclear arsenal of the former
Soviet Union after the collapse of communism. Together they drafted and helped
enact the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) legislation that came to be known
as the Nunn-Lugar Program. Since 1992, this program has spent $2.5 billion on
helping secure Russian nuclear weapons and material.
He recently retired from the U.S. Air Force at the rank of a four-star general.
His final assignment was as the top U.S. nuclear commander at Stratcom, the
command and control center for U.S. strategic weapons. He was a B-52 pilot and
served in Vietnam where he flew combat missions. He was among the first few
high-ranking U.S officers to tour top-secret nuclear facilities in Russia.
He is a senior analyst at the Hudson Institute in Washington, where he
is an expert on the Russian military. He has recently written a book about
problems in the Russian armed forces called The Collapse of the Soviet
Military. He spent his military career in the U.S. Army and headed the
National Security Agency under President Ronald Reagan.
He was a commander of the nuclear submarine fleet in the U.S. Navy and was also
the Director of Central Intelligence under President Carter. In 1998, he wrote
a book called Caging the Nuclear Genie in which he develops a
proposal for nuclear disarmament strategy which he calls "strategic
He is a Republican member of the House (PA) and serves as the chair of
the House Sub-committee on National Security. He has conducted a number of
hearings on the security of the Russian nuclear arsenal, including an inquiry
about Russian "suitcase bombs" in 1997.
Former Science Advisor to Yeltsin, Yablokov testified before a subcommittee
of the House National Security Committee in October, 1997 about the existence
of unaccounted for "suitcase" nuclear weapons.