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Oelrich,  Ivan 

Full Name:  Oelrich,  Ivan 
Program Name: Strategic Security
Title: Senior Fellow for the Strategic Security Program
Phone Number: (202) 546-3300
Fax: (202) 675-1010
Email: ioelrich (at)


Ivan Oelrich, Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow for the Strategic Security Program at the Federation of American Scientists. 

His introduction to national security began at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a federally-funded research and development center supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense with studies and analyses, where he evaluated new technologies for defense applications, and supported the START and INF Treaty negotiations.

Oelrich left IDA for a one-year fellowship at the Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he wrote on conventional arms control limits. On his return to Washington, DC, he accepted a position as a senior analyst at the Office of Technology Assessment, an agency of the U.S. Congress where he investigated the needs of the military industrial base and wrote a treatise on friendly fire prompted by experience in the Persian Gulf War.

Returning to IDA, Oelrich focused on environmental restoration of lands belonging to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, characterizing the cleanup liability, evaluating innovative cleanup technologies, calculating the economic benefits of environmental laboratory automation and developing administrative procedures for the long term environmental stewardship of military lands. He also provided technical support to the negotiating team of the land mine arms control treaty.

Oelrich focused on emerging nuclear threats at the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency where he supported General Shalikashvili's review of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. He returned to IDA for one year before joining the Federation of American Scientists, where he focuses on issues related to nuclear testing and the testing moratorium, proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials, the structure of future US nuclear forces, and sizing conventional military forces in the post-Cold War world.

Oelrich received his BS from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, both in chemistry. He was a pre-doctoral Research Associate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He also conducted research in nuclear physics and taught in the Physics Department of the Technical University of Munich in Germany.

Blog: Strategic Security Blog 

2010 December 6, The Atlantic: How We'll Know if Iran Nuclear Talks Are Working
2010 March, Nuclear Engineering International ( Figuring Out Fordow
2009 November 23, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: A Technical Evaluation of the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant


Blog: Strategic Security Blog

2009 From Counterforce to Minimal Deterrence

2008 Toward True Security

2007 The Stockpile Stewardship Program

2005 Missions for Nuclear Weapons After the Cold War

In the News:
2010 November 14: Washington Post - Difficulty on Iran Nuclear Talks is a Bad Omen, Diplomats Warn 
2010 November 1: Voice of America - Iran's New Nuclear Power Plant to be Closely Monitored
2010 October 12: United Press International (UPI) - Iran Spies Claim Signals Nuclear Problems
2010 July 14: The New Republic - Operation Sabotage: America's Secret War Against Iran's Nuclear Program
2010 June 17: Los Angeles Times - U.S. Announces Unilateral Iran Sanctions
2010 June 1: Philadelphia Inquirer - Iran on the Brink of a Nuclear Bomb
2010 June 1: United Press International (UPI) - Report: Iran Isn't Far From Nuclear Weapon
2010 May 21: Washington Times - U.N. Sanctions Loophole: Russia Can Send Missiles to Iran
2010 April 19: The Guardian - Iran Wants to Reopen Talks About a Nuclear Fuel Swap
2010 April 16: The Guardian - Iran: Bridgeable Differences
2010 April 15: Global Security NewsWire - Israel Still Not Prepared to Join NPT
2010 April 15: Global Times - Experts Divided on U.S. NPT Call to Israel
2010 April 14: Wall Street Journal - Leaders Pledge to Secure Nuclear Fuel
2010 April 14: RT - World Leaders Hope for a Nuclear Free Future
2010 April 13: RDTV - As Nuclear Summit Begins All Eyes on Pakistan
2010 April 12: Discovery News - Nuclear Summit 2010: It's Kind of a Big Deal (FAS Calculators)
2010 April 2: Military Times - New Treaty Could Trim Nuclear Role of Bombers
2010 March 29: Defense News - Visible Progress for Laser Weapons (subscription required)
2010 March 20: The New Scientist - What's the point of nuclear weapons on instant alert?
2010 March 3: The Globe and Mail - Nuclear Cuts, Yes, But Still Plenty of U.S. Bombs
2010 February 12: The Guardian - U.S. Star Wars Lasers Bring Down Ballistic Missile
2010 February 11: Washington Post - Technical Setbacks Cause Iran to Falter in Push to Enrich Uranium
2010 February 9: Associated Press - Obama Says U.S. Developing New Sanctions for Iran

2010 November 17, Associated Press - Obama Not Backing Down on Nuke Pact
2010 November 9, ABC News - Good Morning America/World News with Diane Sawyer: Mystery Missile - Launch of Unknown Missile Caught on Tape in California


2010 February 16, C-SPAN: Iranian Nuclear Development Programs