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Professional Background - Stephen Kim Legal Defense Trust

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About Stephen | Professional Background

Summary of Stephen Kim's Professional Background

Stephen Kim is a Senior Analyst with the Office of National Security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Prior to this position, he was Senior Advisor for Intelligence to the Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation (VCI), Department of State. In that role, he served as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary on all intelligence matters related to the bureau and worked on special projects for the Assistant Secretary.

Prior to joining the State Department, Stephen was the Special Assistant to Andrew Marshall at the Office of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense. His portfolio included China, North Korea, strategic nuclear deterrence, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) issues. Prior to joining the Office of Net Assessment, Stephen worked at LLNL where he was the senior all-source analyst for North Korean WMD issues and also conducted research on nuclear latency and strategic deterrence issues.

Stephen has briefed the Defense Policy Board, Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger
and George Shultz, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, and Vice President Richard Cheney.

He received his B.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, his Master’s from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. from Yale University.


  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Office of National Security

    September 2009–Present

    – Senior Analyst: Research into proliferation implications of
    small nuclear reactors.

  • U.S. Department of State Office of the Assistant Secretary of State Verification,
    Compliance, and Implementation

    June 2008–August 2009

    – Senior Advisor for Intelligence to the Assistant Secretary of State, VCI: Advisor on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT), Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), North Korea, China, Russia, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Iran, proliferating countries, Middle East, Latin America, all international security treaties, and arms control agreements. Served as Red team lead – Deterrence Escalation Game and Review 2009 (DEGRE-09) – U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) at the U.S. Naval War College. Handled special projects for the Assistant Secretary.

  • U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Secretary of Defense,
    Office of Net Assessment

    June 2007–June 2008

    – Special Assistant to Andrew Marshall, Director of Net Assessment: Portfolio included Chinese nuclear strategy, strategic nuclear deterrence, East Asia, North Korea. Served as Net Assessment’s liaison to the national laboratories on WMD issues.

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Center for Global Security Research

    December 2006–May 2007

    – Research on nuclear latency, and role of nuclear weapons in strategic deterrence for the 21st century.

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Non-proliferation, Homeland and International Security Z Division

    August 2002–December 2006

    – Senior all-source analyst for East Asia, North Korea: Performed award winning analysis of North Korean regime stability issues that was personally briefed to Vice President Richard Cheney, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, and the Defense Policy Board. Supported the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency (Directorate of Operations; Asian Pacific, Latin America), Department of Energy (Intelligence), Department of Defense (Air Intelligence Agency; Defense Intelligence Agency), State Department (Chief of Staff to Secretary Rice; Bureau of Verification and Compliance), and National Defense University (President, Lt. Gen. Michael Dunn) on WMD-related intelligence analysis. Reporting from three trips to Seoul on political conditions and factors in South Korea from 2003-2004. Tasked with examining North Korea’s nuclear and military command and control issues and drawing out the implications of gaps in intelligence for future collection strategies and targeting. Tasked with briefing high level scientists, defense representatives and policy makers on Z Division’s all-source efforts vis-à-vis North Korea WMD analysis. Received Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Directorate Award.

  • Center for Naval Analyses Operations Evaluation Group

    August 2000–August 2002

    – Research analyst for military operations and East Asian affairs: Performed analysis of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Allied Force in support of combatant commands using all-source methods to draw out targeting philosophy of allied nations and geo-political ramifications. Supported Commander in Chief, US Naval Forces, Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR- Adm. James Ellis) in wargame exercises and after-action analysis, Stuttgart, Germany. Supported the Navy, the Marine Corps in analyzing North Korean and East Asian security issues through Korean-source analysis. Successful member of the Operation Group that examined strike operations and Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA) analysis for Pacific Command (PACOM) and European Command (EUCOM). Assigned to examine strategic and organizational culture for US Southern Command/Naval Forces (SOUTHCOM/NAVSO). Participated in the Marine Corp Urban Warfare training.


  • 1999 Ph.D. Yale University (Diplomatic and Military History)
  • 1992 M.A. Harvard University (International Security)
  • 1989 B.A. Georgetown University (History and Diplomacy)

Unclassified Publications

  • Kim, Stephen. “Alternative Proliferation and Alliance Futures in East Asia,” in Taming the Next Set of Strategic Weapons Threats, Henry Sokolski, ed. Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2006.
  • Kim, Stephen. “North Korea,” in Proliferation Challenges after Iraq. Washington: Woodrow Wilson International Center, 2003.
  • Kim, Stephen Jin-Woo. Master of Manipulation: Syngman Rhee and the Seoul-Washington Alliance, 1953-1960. Seoul: Yonsei University Press, 2001.
  • Kim, Stephen Jin-Woo. Introduction to Henry Chung’s Korea and the United States through War and Peace. Seoul: Yonsei University Press, 2000.