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About Robert Kelley

Robert Kelley is a licensed professional nuclear and mechanical engineer in California. He spent his career in nuclear weapons development activities such as plutonium metallurgy, survivability of U.S. nuclear warheads in ABM intercepts and isotope separation by gas centrifuge and lasers. He later used these hands-on skills to lead intelligence analysis of foreign nuclear weapons systems for the U.S. government and then as a director at the International Atomic Energy Agency, particularly in weapons related non-proliferation analysis in Iraq, South Africa and Libya. Along the way, he has been a research reactor supervisor, a plutonium facility manager and director of the DOE Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis Air Force Base. He currently writes on non-proliferation for a number of publications and is an associate research fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.




Author Archives: Robert Kelley

Putting Parchin to Rest

October 8th, 2015 | by Robert Kelley

begby Robert Kelley International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano and his top deputy last month finally paid a


The Parchin Puzzle

December 2nd, 2014 | by Robert Kelley

by Robert Kelley In the seemingly never-ending debate over Iran’s nuclear program, specifically the “possible military dimensions,” or PMD, of



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