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Ivan Oelrich

Ivan Oelrich joined the Strategic Security Project at the Federation of American Scientists in the Fall of 2002. He is focusing on the size and structure of future US nuclear forces and hosting a series of meetings of defense experts to explore realistic requirements for US nuclear weapons. He will also study the need for nuclear testing, the proliferation of uranium enrichment technology, and the size of the US conventional military budgets.

Dr. Oelrich received his BS from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Princeton University, both in chemistry. He was a pre-doctoral Research Associate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He conducted research in nuclear physics and taught in the Physics Department of the Technical University of Munich in Germany. He returned to the US the long way around, taking a year to travel overland across Asia.

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.

Dr. 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. Returning to Washington, DC he took a position as a Senior Analyst at the Office of Technology Assessment, an agency of the US 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, Dr. Oelrich focused on environmental restoration of lands belonging to the 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 DoD representatives to the land mine arms control treaty negotiating team.

Dr. Oelrich was assigned one year to the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency where he focused on emerging nuclear threats and supported General Shalikashvili's review of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. He returned to IDA for a 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.

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