About Blog

In April 2016, I created this blog to capture my journey from a national security expert to a fiction author. I’ve been working in the field of national security and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) for over 18 years.

What does Nuclear Spin Cycle mean?

If you’ve ever watched the Wheel of Fortune gameshow, then you’re familiar with the Before & After category. A Before & After consists of two phrases, names, etc. combined by a word that ends the first and starts the second. Nuclear Spin Cycle is a great example, but far too geeky to be used on the TV show.

  • Nuclear Spin is defined as an intrinsic form of angular momentum possessed by atomic nuclei containing an odd number of nucleons (protons or neutrons).
  • Spin Cycle:
    1. standard definition: the final cycle on a washing machine in which laundry is rinsed with clean water and then spun dry.
    2. urban definition: when an opiate addict rotates in and out of rehab continuously for the experience of the first high after being clean for a few days.

In naming this blog Nuclear Spin Cycle, I am capturing the many dimensions of my journey and describing the content of this blog. Without apology, I will write often and in great detail about all things nuclear, hopefully with sufficient angular momentum. As a result, I’m sure i’ll seem odd to many folks (a common hazard of geekdom), but please don’t call me a nucleon.

Like most aspiring writers, I am hopeful that this is the final cycle of my transition to published author. My humor is clean, but dry…and hopefully entertaining. Finally, there’s no rehab in my future, but you can expect me to rotate in and out of fiction and pop culture at times to address a more serious topic. On occasion, I will write a more professional piece on national security (a common job hazard). I can’t help it, I’m addicted to national security. Once in a blue moon, I’ll get up on a soapbox (minus detergent) and call for action on an important societal issue (a common moral hazard).


The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.