Charles P. Blair

Charles P. Blair is Senior Fellow on State and Non-State Threats for the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Mr. Blair was an exchange student in Moscow in the mid-1980s, witnessing firsthand the closing salvos of the Cold War. Since the end of that era, Mr. Blair has worked on issues relating to the diffusion and diversification of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) amid the rise of mass casualty terrorism incidents.

Mr. Blair explores the perceptions of new disruptive technologies (e.g., WMD) and specific indicators of emerging and future-oriented Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Conventional Explosive (CBRNE) proliferation, with regard to both states and VNSAs. Mr. Blair also focuses on the technical dimensions of CBRNE agents and their potential weaponization by VNSAs.

In addition to his role at FAS, Mr. Blair lectures at JHU AAP Government Program, instructing graduate students about the technologies underlying WMD; at George Mason University Mr. Blair lectures on the nexus of terrorism and WMD.

He is also columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Before joining FAS, he was a research associate with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) where, among other projects, he helped initiate the first of several projects under the rubric of Anatomizing Nuclear and Radiological Non-State Adversaries (under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security).

Studies possessing both robust qualitative and quantitative considerations can be seen in Mr. Blair’s current work and his recent (open-source) red teaming activities. Mr. Blair spent two years exploring elements of the Pakistani Neo-Taliban. For almost a decade he has studied U.S. right-wing “White” nationalist groups, apocalyptic millenarian ideologies writ large, and other groups with interest and, in some cases, experiences with WMD.

Mr. Blair has also worked with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS).

Mr. Blair has appeared on such news television news programs as NBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, the BBC, Reuters, and Russian TV. Other media outlets that have features Mr. Blair include: Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Time, CNN, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, Politico, BBC News, Voice of America, Associated Press, National Public Radio, Global Security NewswireNew Scientist, Al Jazeera, Xinhau, Agence France Presse, McClatchy Newspapers, Inter Press Service (IPS)and the National Journal.

Charles Blair