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John F. Reichart, Ph.D. (Colonel, USAF, Ret.)

Director, WMD Center

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John F. Reichart, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Chair, National Defense University Research Council

John F. Reichart, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Chair, National Defense University Research Council (Photo by Katie Lewis)


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John F. Reichart is director, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Reichart, a Senior Research Professor, also teaches courses in proliferation and national security policy at NDU. Dr. Reichart serves as chair of the NDU Research Council.

Prior to assuming his duties at NDU in 1995, Dr. Reichart served for six years as a member of the Policy Planning Staff, Department of State. While at State, he was responsible for providing advice and analysis to four secretaries of state on European security policy and a wide range of global political/military issues.

From 1987-88 he was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. He served at the U.S. Mission to NATO, Brussels, with responsibility for theater nuclear issues, from 1982-1987. Earlier, he taught international relations and defense studies as associate professor of political science, USAF Academy. Dr. Reichart began his career as a technical analyst at the Foreign Technology Division, Wright-Patterson AFB.

Dr. Reichart, a retired USAF colonel, is the co-author of American Defense Policy and a variety of articles on defense and proliferation issues.. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in political science from The Ohio State University and a BA in government from Manhattan College.