Henry Sokolski is the Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), a Washington-based nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to promote a better understanding of strategic weapons proliferation issues among policy-makers, scholars and the media. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington; and as a member on the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, to which he was appointed in May 2008.
From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Sokolski served as Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense under then-Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Paul Wolfowitz, and later received for his work the Secretary of Defense's Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Prior to his appointment to this post, Mr. Sokolski worked in the Secretary's Office of Net Assessment on strategic weapons proliferation issues.
In addition to his Executive Branch service, Mr. Sokolski served as Senior Military Legislative Aide to Senator Dan Quayle from 1984 through 1988, and as Special Assistant on Nuclear Energy Matters to Senator Gordon Humphrey from 1982 through 1983.
Mr. Sokolski also served as a consultant on proliferation issues to the intelligence community's National Intelligence Council. After his work in the Pentagon, Mr. Sokolski received a Congressional appointment to the Deutch Proliferation Commission, which completed its report in July of 1999. He also served as a member of the Central Intelligence Agency's Senior Advisory Panel from 1995 through 1996.
Mr. Sokolski authored Best of Intentions: America's Campaign Against Strategic Weapons Proliferation (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001), and has edited a number of volumes on proliferation related issues: Falling Behind: International Scrutiny of the Peaceful Atom (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2008); Pakistan's Nuclear Future: Worries Beyond War (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2008); Gauging U.S.-Indian Strategic Cooperation (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2007); Taming the Next Set of Strategic Weapons Threats (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2006); Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2005); Getting MAD: Nuclear Mutual Assured Destruction Its Origins and Practice (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2004); Checking Iran's Nuclear Ambitions (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2004); Beyond Nunn-Lugar: Curbing the Next Wave of Weapons Proliferation Threats from Russia (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2002); Twenty-First Century Weapons Proliferation: Are We Ready? (London: Frank Cass, 2001); Planning for a Peaceful Korea (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2001); Prevailing in a Well-Armed World (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2000); and Fighting Proliferation (Maxwell AFB: Air University Press, 1996).
In addition, Mr. Sokolski has been a resident fellow at the National Institute for Public Policy, the Heritage Foundation, and the Hoover Institution. He has taught courses on nuclear issues and on the U.S. government at the University of Chicago, Rosary College, and Loyola University. Mr. Sokolski attended the University of Southern California and Pomona College, and received his graduate education at the University of Chicago.