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Authur Thomas Hopkins -- Department of Defense
Acting Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs

Dr. Arthur T. Hopkins, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Principal Deputy, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs (ATSD(NCB)). He advises the ATSD(NCB) on matters related to combating weapons of mass destruction, and assists in oversight of chemical and biological defense programs, chemical weapons demilitarization, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, treaties and nuclear matters. His previous position was leading the Technology Development Directorate, Defense Threat Reduction Agency. While serving in the United States Air Force, Dr. Hopkins directed reentry technology and advanced material development projects, and led the development of nuclear weapon environment models and test and analysis methods for advanced ballistic missiles and reentry systems. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, his research culminated in National Defense University’s publication of his book, Unchained Reactions: Chernobyl, Glasnost and Nuclear Deterrence, focused on the impact of the Chernobyl accident on nuclear deterrence in the former Soviet Union. Dr. Hopkins’ military assignments included leadership positions in both U.S. Strategic Command and the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff. In addition, he directed the McClellan Central Laboratory, performing trace-level particulate, gas, organic and inorganic material detection and analyses. His command of Air Force Technical Operations Division included oversight and direction of laboratory, material management, and atmospheric sampling instrument maintenance operations. Dr Hopkins subsequently served as Chief of Staff of the Defense Special Weapons Agency and Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Dr. Hopkins holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering, Aerospace and Atmospheric Sciences, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Nuclear Engineering.

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