James E. Platte is an Assistant Professor with the U.S. Air Force’s Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies (CSDS) and an instructor for the deterrence elective course offered by CSDS. Prior to joining CSDS in 2017, Dr. Platte was an intelligence research specialist with the U.S. Department of Energy, and he also has worked on nuclear counterproliferation with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Nuclear Security Administration. He received his PhD in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and has held research fellowships with the East-West Center, Pacific Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Harvard Kennedy School. He currently is a member of the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) Mid-Career Cadre. Dr. Platte is broadly interested in the military and commercial applications of nuclear energy, and his research focuses in particular on nuclear issues in East Asia, including North Korea’s nuclear program, U.S. extended deterrence, and the proliferation of nuclear technology across the region.