Bob Paulson had a successful 25-year career in the U.S. Air Force flying more than 2500 hours in the F-4 while serving in South Korea and Germany. As a command weapons and tactics officer, he was a recognized expert in fighter tactics and special munitions, as well as a liaison officer for intelligence issues. As an operations officer and Test Director from 1985-1990 he directed specialized testing of advanced electronic equipment and tactics for the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and other Presidentially mandated projects. From 1991-1993, during the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of 15 new nations, Mr. Paulson served as an Assistant Air Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow where he developed, negotiated, and implemented the first peacetime U.S.-Russian military contacts programs. Mr. Paulson completed his military career in the Joint Staff where he authored the first peacetime military strategic policy guidance for the new independent states.
After leaving the service in 1997, Mr. Paulson joined the Department of State and is currently the Deputy Director and Chief of Operations for the Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund, responsible for the implementation of more than 40 international nonproliferation programs, including such activities as securing, destroying, or removing weapons of mass destruction and related materials in foreign countries. Notably, in 2007 Mr. Paulson negotiated and concluded the memorandum between the U.S. Government and the Government of North Korea for the disablement of the Yongbyon nuclear facility and in 2004 he managed the extraction and transport of the sensitive nuclear-related and WMD-related materials from Libya. From 2001-2004 he directed the in-country weapons destruction of major strategic missile systems in Bulgaria and the installation of security apparatus for chemical agents in Albania.