Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Turpen is currently an Executive Vice President at Octant Associates and a non-resident adjunct at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). Most recently, she was a member of the research team supporting the Congressional Panel on Governance of the Nuclear Enterprise, whose report A New Foundation for the Nuclear Security Enterprise was released in November 2014. From 2009-2012 Libby was a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was involved in supporting strategic planning for the nonproliferation programs at DoD, DOE and the State Department. From 2001-2009, Libby was the co-director of the “Cooperative Nonproliferation Program” at The Stimson Center and directed the “Security for a New Century” program. In her last year at Stimson, Libby spearheaded the Stimson Laboratory Task Force and authored the report Leveraging Science for Security: A Strategy for the Nuclear Weapons Laboratories in the 21st Century (The Henry L. Stimson Center, 2009). She also co-authored the book Cooperative Nonproliferation: Getting Further, Faster, an in-depth analysis of impediments to progress and sustainability of U.S. nonproliferation assistance efforts.
Prior to joining Stimson, Dr. Turpen served in the Office of Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) as a legislative assistant responsible for defense, nonproliferation and foreign affairs. Before entering the Washington orbit in 1998, she was a consultant on nonproliferation policy, US-Russia programs, and the national security implications of technological advances for a high tech company and manufacturer of nuclear safeguards equipment. She has served on a Council on Foreign Relations task force on non-lethal weapons and an advisory board for the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. Dr. Turpen has taught at Georgetown University and has served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and graduated summa cum laude with a BA from the University of New Mexico.