Natasha is founder and CEO of Nuclear Spin Cycle, a consulting firm specializing in national security, entertainment, and publishing. She has been an expert on national security issues for over 20 years, specializing in weapons of mass destruction (WMD), nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and emerging technologies. For over 10 years she worked for the National Defense University, where she advised senior leaders at the Pentagon, taught an elective course to senior military officers on WMD and film, and led “Emergence and Convergence,” a multiyear initiative on the impact of emerging technologies on WMD. Natasha is a published fiction author and writes a science fiction mystery series called the Lara Kingsley Series. She also hosts the Authors of Mass Destruction podcast, which helps writers tell amazing stories while getting the technical details right on WMD and emerging technologies. Natasha holds an MA in international policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a PhD in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
I am most excited to work on projects that… focus on the intersection of entertainment, science and technology, and national security policymaking.
I am looking for partners that can help me… get engaged with the TV and film industry to produce gripping stories about science and technology and increase public awareness of the national security implications of nuclear weapons, artificial intelligence, and gene editing.
A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when a senior policymaker at the White House said she formed a small group to discuss and brainstorm ideas from my paper “WMD in the Digital Age.”
Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… include the impact of developments in artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing on nuclear weapons proliferation and deterrence.