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Kenneth N. Luongo bio_luongo
Partnership for Global Security (PGS) and the Center for a Secure Nuclear Future (CSNF)

Kenneth N. Luongo is the President and founder of the Partnership for Global Security (PGS) and the Center for a Secure Nuclear Future (CSNF). He currently co-chairs the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG) and is a member of the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group (NSGEG). He has authored nearly 100 articles and briefed audiences around the world on global security challenges.

Under Luongo’s leadership, PGS was originally incorporated as the Russian-American Nuclear Security Advisory Council (RANSAC) in 1997. In 2006, RANSAC broadened its focus to address broader emerging global security challenges and became PGS. Since that time, PGS’ scope of work has continued to expand and included projects on global nuclear security, radiological security, nuclear power expansion, biological security, and other transnational issues.

From 1997-2004, Luongo was a Senior Visiting Fellow and Visiting Research Collaborator with Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. Prior to this position, Luongo served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for Nonproliferation Policy and the Director of the Office of Arms Control and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). Additionally, Luongo served as the Director of the DoE’s North Korea Task Force, and the Director of the DoE’s ‘Russia and Newly Independent States Nuclear Material Security’ Task Force. Preceding these roles, Luongo served as a professional staff member in the U.S. Congress in the following positions:

  • Subcommittee Professional Staff Member on the House Committee on Armed Services
  • Legislative Assistant for National Defense and International Security and designee to the Senate Armed Services Committee for Sen. Carl Levin
  • Legislative Assistant for National Security and Foreign Policy and designee to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and Military Construction for Sen. William Proxmire

Furthermore, Luongo has worked as the Senior Washington Representative for Arms Control and International Security with the Union of Concerned Scientists and as a Senior Program Associate with the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Program, specializing in Science, Arms Control, and National Security.

Luongo received his B.S. in Journalism from the School of Public Communication of Boston University, and M.A. in International Affairs from the School of International Service of the American University.