Scoville Peace Fellow
Mackenzie Knight
she/her
Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation
Nuclear Deterrence
Nuclear Risk in Conflict
Middle East Nuclear Arsenals and Proliferation

Mackenzie Knight is a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow on the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where she researches the status and trends of global nuclear forces and the role of nuclear weapons. Previously, Mackenzie worked as a Policy and Communications Intern at the Arms Control Association, as a summer fellow with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), as an Analyst Intern with Shephard Media in London, and most recently as a Graduate Research Assistant at CNS while obtaining her master’s degree.

Mackenzie graduated with her MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California in May 2023. Mackenzie graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from Indiana University in 2021: Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, and an individualized bachelor’s degree in Policy and Intelligence Analysis that she designed and defended herself. She won an Outstanding Senior Project Award for her undergraduate thesis, “A Case Study in Intelligence Disinformation: The Bush Administration’s Myth of Iraqi Uranium Purchases that Led to War.” While attending IU, Mackenzie worked as an office and research assistant for former Congressman Lee Hamilton.

publications
Nuclear Weapons
Blog
Details of Russia’s nuclear modernization are inconsistent with warnings of vast nuclear expansion

While many are rightly concerned about Russia’s development of new nuclear-capable systems, fears of substantial nuclear increase may be overblown.

03.11.24 | 5 min read
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Nuclear Weapons
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Construction Of New Nuclear Weapons Facility At Barksdale AFB

Satellite images show that the Navy has begun construction of a new nuclear weapons storage and handling facility at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

02.20.24 | 3 min read
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Nuclear Weapons
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“Critical” Overrun of Sentinel ICBM Program Demands Government Transparency

The Sentinel program has been plagued with cost increases, flawed assumptions, and misleading arguments from the beginning; this most recent overrun demands hawk-eyed scrutiny of the program’s next steps.

02.02.24 | 8 min read
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Nuclear Weapons
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Chinese Nuclear Forces, 2024: A “Significant Expansion”

Analyzing and estimating China’s nuclear forces is challenging, particularly given the relative lack of state-originating data and the tight control of messaging surrounding the country’s nuclear arsenal and doctrine.

01.16.24 | 4 min read
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Nuclear Weapons
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TPNW2MSP: Overview and Key Takeaways

Here’s what we learned at the 2nd Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

12.08.23 | 8 min read
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Nuclear Weapons
Report
Nuclear Notebook: Nuclear Weapons Sharing, 2023

The FAS Nuclear Notebook is one of the most widely sourced reference materials worldwide for reliable information about the status of nuclear weapons and has been published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1987. The Nuclear Notebook is researched and written by the staff of the Federation of American Scientists’ Nuclear Information Project: Director Hans […]

11.17.23 | 1 min read
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Nuclear Weapons
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Strategic Posture Commission Report Calls for Broad Nuclear Buildup

In contrast to the Biden administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, the Congressionally-mandated Strategic Posture Commission report is a full-throated embrace of a U.S. nuclear build-up.

10.12.23 | 13 min read
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