Robert Goldston is a professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, and affiliated faculty with the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School Program on Science and Global Security. He was director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory from 1997 to 2009. He has continued his research on fusion plasma physics since, as well as undertaking research on arms control and non-proliferation. Recently he was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 for his work on arms control, and won the 2015 Nuclear Fusion Journal prize for his work in fusion energy.
Proliferation concerns have generally been associated with the acquisition of the fissile material needed for nuclear weapons; however, the spread of the knowledge needed to build very light and powerful weapons that can be carried long distances by missiles is also a serious concern.