Adam Mount


Adam Mount, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where his work covers U.S. nuclear strategy and force structure, global nuclear politics, deterrence, and North Korea. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

In 2015-16, he directed the CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward North Korea, a group of seventeen experts chaired by Adm. Mike Mullen and Sen. Sam Nunn. Their report, A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia issued ten findings and six recommendations for the next president’s policy toward the regime.

Dr. Mount’s other writing has been published by Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Survival, Democracy, and other outlets, and he is a columnist at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His analysis has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Politico, AFP, AP, and Reuters, and he has appeared on CNN, CBS, BBC, MSNBC, and CNBC. He has testified before the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces.

He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Government at Georgetown University, and a B.A. from Reed College.

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  • U.S. nuclear strategy and force structure
  • Global nuclear politics
  • Deterrence
  • North Korea


  • Trump's troubling nuclear plan

    The NPR "hastens the rise of a more dangerous world by accepting the reasoning of U.S. adversaries and affirmatively embracing nuclear competition."

    Foreign Affairs, February 2, 2018

  • Letting it be an arms race

    "Despite the president’s clear lack of knowledge about U.S. nuclear capabilities, the draft shows that the Pentagon is moving to translate his impulses into policy."

    The Atlantic, January 12, 2018

  • Deter, don't provoke, North Korea

    "It is not Pyongyang, but Washington, that appears determined to push this standoff into the military domain."

    CNN, October 24, 2017

  • Preventing an atmospheric nuclear test

    A North Korean test in the atmosphere is "too grave to be ignored."

    The Atlantic, September 22, 2017

  • How China Sees North Korea

    “China is prepared to keep the peace on the Korean peninsula—whether the White House likes it or not.”

    The Atlantic, August 29, 2017