Amy Woolf served as a Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy at the Congressional Research Service of the US Library of Congress for more than thirty years. In that role, she provided Congress with research support, background information, and expert analysis on issues related to nuclear forces and arms control.
She has authored many studies, addressing such topics as nuclear weapons strategy and doctrine, weapons programmes in the United States, Russia, and China; strategic arms control and the US-Russian arms control agenda; monitoring and verification in arms control; and hypersonic weapons. Ms Woolf has testified before Congress on these issues and supported arms control dialogues in international venues.
Ms Woolf often addresses academic and expert conferences and workshops, on topics including the US nuclear modernisation programmes, Congressional views on arms control, nuclear risk reduction measures, and the future of bilateral and multilateral arms control endeavours. Before joining the Congressional Research Service, she was a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) in Alexandria, Virginia. She also spent a year at the Department of Defense, working on the 1994 Nuclear Posture Review.
Ms Woolf received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University.