Colonel Brian A. Paeth, USAF, is the Deputy Staff Director, Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, Bureau of Arms Control and Verification, and Compliance, Office of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, Colonel Paeth is responsible for U.S. compliance with the notification regimes associated with international conventional and nuclear arms control treaties and confidence-building agreements. Additionally, he directs a 24-hour a day watch operation that maintains permanent, private, and reliable communications links with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine in addition to links with the Office of Security Cooperation in Europe and Office for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Before assuming his current position, Colonel Paeth was the Acting Director of the Office of Nuclear Detonation Detection, Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, where he was responsible for improving means to monitor nuclear detonations and verify nuclear test treaties.
Colonel Paeth was commissioned in 1992 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. As a space and missile operations officer, he led teams responsible for the command and control of communications satellites and intercontinental ballistic missiles. Colonel Paeth completed staff tours at Twentieth Air Force and Air Force Space Command and was director of operations for an operations support squadron. He also served on the faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where he taught and directed courses in introductory electromagnetism and nuclear engineering principles. Additionally, Colonel Paeth is a graduate of the Air Force Nuclear Technology Fellowship Program and completed an internship with the Strategic Weapon Studies department at Sandia National Laboratories.
Colonel Paeth graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Michigan Technological University in 1992. He received a Master of Engineering degree in space operations from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2000 and a Master of Science degree in engineering mechanics with a specialization in explosives engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2005. His major awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and National Defense Medal.