Now that the important introduction is out of the way, I thought I’d say a few words about myself and what I see as my role here. First, thanks for all the warm welcomes!
I’m a chemist, retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory after 35 years there. I’ve been realizing lately that the projects I worked on all had significant policy ramifications. Laser isotope separation, chemical warfare agents, environmental cleanup, and a bunch of other things. I’ve worked on environmental issues in Estonia and Kazakhstan and, maybe best of all, learned strategy both within a bureaucratic environment and more generally from people who are very good at it. So I write about a lot of things.
As you’ve seen, I’ve been thinking about North Korea lately, as have we all. Adam asked me to do a couple of guest posts, and then he figured there would be more. For now, on that subject, here’s a good summary of the confusion that reigns in the administration. The administration’s stern fatherly resolve struck me as needing some attention, because it wasn’t being noticed by others.
I’ve been blogging since the early 2000s. My main blog is Nuclear Diner, which some of you know about already. I do guest appearances in other places, which I’ll alert you to. I may double-post here and at Nuclear Diner.
I also tweet: @CherylRofer. That tends to be a lot of things, including current status, like today’s snow. I’m pleased that some of you follow me already! The @NuclearDiner feed is more technical and events you might like to know about, like rocket launches. Also announces posts at the website. I have two partners at Nuclear Diner, but they have become somewhat inactive.
There is so much to write about these days, that I have to use one of the precepts my strategy mentors taught me: choose your battles. I am very concerned about the Russian connections of the Trump administration and Rex Tillerson’s oil-company approach to the State Department. And now the New York Times has given its platform to a climate denier. More than enough there to keep me busy the rest of the weekend.
But Zooey and Ric demand attention, and I have been taking piano lessons, which I have to practice. Along with keeping the house going and the other things that happen in real life.
If you’ve got topics you want me to address, let me know. There are some things that I don’t say much about, like nuclear weapons design. I’m not always around in the comments, but I try to follow up on my posts.