For the past year, I have been a professional musician and rock climbing instructor living in Tucson, AZ. In addition, a current student of International Relations and Conflict Resolution with American Military University, I am a proponent of applied risk assessment analysis at every level in a variety of fields.
Risk assessment has been a passion of mine since I was a Boy Scout entering into outdoor sports. Emerging out of childhood in the context of challenging activities lead me to utilize logical processes to accurately understand the dangers involved and therefore progress safely through activities that otherwise would have paralyzed me from fear. Using these same techniques of facing fears allowed me to combine with education in chemistry and physics to understand the omnipresent threat of nuclear technology that faced me growing up less than five miles from Sequoyah Nuclear Plant near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Nuclear technology has always been present in my life due to familial ties to the Manhattan Project, nuclear power production in the Tennessee Valley, and a perpetual fascination with abstract concepts that are not readily understood. Due to this, my academic pursuits have always drawn me to understanding the use, development, and policy of nuclear technology. While nuclear technology is one of the greatest technological developments of humankind, its nature is so elementally powerful that it possesses inherent risks. Therefore, the marriage of risk assessment with the study of nuclear technology has been natural and life fulfilling.
Outside of professional pursuits relating to nuclear technology, my passion for outdoor sports has never waned. While living in the Sonoran desert of Arizona has not allowed much in the way of whitewater sports, rock climbing has persisted. I have had the pleasure of working as a rock climbing instructor in association with Rocks and Ropes of Tucson, Arizona. Perhaps no other education or activity has allowed me to understand the processes of risk assessment and performance under stress than sport climbing in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
That being said, the training I was privileged to partake in at Officer Candidate School with the United States Navy was immensely useful as well. Though injury prevented me from continuing as an Officer in the US Navy, my passion for supporting the mission of the military continues.
If you don’t find me climbing rocks, reading the latest analysis, or writing a new analysis on nuclear non-proliferation, you’ll hear the thunder of drums, guitar, or piano. An avid musician, I have performed both solo and part of various ensembles in all styles ranging from rock, jazz, and funk.
Please enjoy this venue for me to share thoughts primarily concerned with risk assessment on nuclear weapons capabilities both of the Untied States internal policy and potential systemic threats from foreign sources. On occasion, you will find the article on climbing techniques, gear, and experiences–though typically will be concerned with risk assessment.