Robert Kelley

rkelley130x100.jpgBorn: 1947
Citizenship: United States
Position at SIPRI: Associated Senior Research Fellow within the SIPRI Nuclear Weapons Project, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme
Subject expertise: Nuclear energy and fuel cycle, plutonium metallurgy, gas centrifuge design and operation, nuclear weapons design, nuclear emergency response and overhead imagery analysis.
Regional expertise: 
Middle East, South Asia, Africa
Languages: English
Education: BS, Physics, Harvey Mudd College; MS Nuclear Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia
Contact: Email, Phone: +43-2243-21187 (Austria)

Mr. Kelley is a veteran of over 35 years in the US Department of Energy nuclear weapons complex, most recently at Los Alamos. He worked in research and engineering before turning to information analysis in the 1980s. He managed the centrifuge and plutonium metallurgy programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and later was Director of the Department of Energy Remote Sensing Laboratory, the premier US nuclear emergency response organization. He was also seconded by the USDOE to the IAEA where he served twice as a Director of the nuclear inspections in Iraq in 1992 and again in 2001. Mr Kelley resides near Vienna, Austria. He has carried out professional travel to more than 20 countries.

Current activities
  • Associated Senior Research Fellow, SIPRI
Former positions
  • Project Leader for Nuclear Intelligence, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Director, International Atomic Energy Agency, Iraq Action Team, 1992-1993, 2001 - 2005
  • Director, US Department of Energy Remote Sensing Laboratory, Nellis AFB Nevada, 1996 - 1998
Professional affiliations
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Nuclear Engineering, State of California
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, State of California
Recent publications