Kennette Benedict specializes in international security issues, sources of conflict, and the reduction of the threats posed by nuclear weapons. Before joining the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, where she served as executive director from 2005 to 2015, Benedict was director of international peace and security at the MacArthur Foundation.
The Bulletin was founded by Manhattan Project scientists in 1945 out of concern for the destructive potential of the new technology they had developed. Formerly based on the University of Chicago campus, the Bulletin today educates citizens about global security issues and the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction. It also maintains the iconic minutes-to-midnight Doomsday Clock.