A physicist, Wright codirects the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) Global Security Program. His expertise is in national missile defense, space weapons, and U.S. nuclear weapons policy. As a primary organizer of the International Summer Symposiums on Science and World Affairs, he helps create an international community of scientists working on arms control and security issues. He has also worked for many years on projects that train technical arms control experts in other countries, especially Russia and China. In 2001, the American Physical Society awarded him with the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award for his arms control research and work with international scientists.