Natasha E. Bajema

Expert Consultant


Areas of Expertise:  Countering WMD; Deterrence; Nuclear Policy; Cooperative Threat Reduction; Emerging Technologies; WMD Terrorism

Dr. Natasha E. Bajema is currently an Expert Consultant at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at National Defense University (NDU). She is also the founder and CEO of Nuclear Spin Cycle, a consulting firm specializing in national security, emerging technologies, weapons of mass destruction (WMD).  

From 2008 to 2019, Dr. Bajema served as a senior research fellow at NDU’s WMD Center. Between 2016 and 2019, she was the principal investigator for Emergence and Convergence, a multi-year initiative exploring the impact of emerging technologies and WMD. From 2015 until 2019, she also served Course Director for an elective entitled Through the Film-maker’s Lens: Contemporary Issues in Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Bajema held a long-term detail assignment serving in various capacities in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics, Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs and in Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Prior to joining NDU, Dr. Bajema was a Research Associate at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, where she supported research staff of the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change established by the UN Secretary-General. She has also served as a Junior Political Officer in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch of the Department for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations. Her publications include two co-edited volumes entitled Terrorism and Counterterrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, both of which were published by McGraw Hill. She holds an M.A. in international policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Dr. Bajema is also a podcast host and fiction author. Her website can be found here.



Justin Anderson and Natasha E. Bajema, "Competitive Symposium: A Model for Interactive Learning and Policy Innovation," National Defense University, March 2017. 

Natasha E. Bajema, "Beyond the Security Model: Assessing the Capacity of Neoclassical Realism for Forecasting Nuclear Proliferation," in William C. Potter, ed., Forecasting Nuclear Proliferation: The Role of Theory, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010.

Natasha E. Bajema, President De Klerk's Decision to Dismantle South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Arsenal, Case Study Series, Washington DC: Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University, 2010.

Russell D. Howard, Reid L. Sawyer and Natasha E. Bajema, Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Understanding the New Security Environment, 3rd Edition, Dubuque, IA: McGraw Hill, 2008.

Natasha E. Bajema, "Rethinking Threat Assessments for Terrorist Targets: Applying the Lessons of Complex Terrorism," in Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Understanding the New Security Environment, 3rd Edition, Dubuque, IA: McGraw Hill, 2008.

Russell D. Howard and James J.F. Forrest, eds., with Natasha E. Bajema, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, Dubuque, IA: McGraw Hill, 2007.

Natasha E. Bajema, "The Nonproliferation Regimes: Are they Relevant Tools for Countering WMD Terrorism," in Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, Dubuque, IA: McGraw Hill, 2007.

Natasha E. Bajema, Evolving Threats, Evolving Policy: U.S. Attitudes and Multilateral Institutions for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons, Occasional Paper, Vol. 2, New York: Center on International Cooperation, NYU, 2005.

Natasha E. Bajema and Mary Beth Nikitin, "Assessing Nuclear Maturity: Determining Which States Should Have Access to What Technology," Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Summer 2004.