30+ Years of Freedom of Information Action

Nate Jones

Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project
Focus: 
FOIA; US government compliance with FOIA; social media; 1983 War Scare

Nate Jones (CV) is the Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project for the National Security Archive. He oversees the thousands of Freedom of Information Act and Mandatory Declassification Review requests and appeals that the Archive submits each year. A two-term member of the Federal FOIA Advisory Committee and board member of the American Society of Access Professionals, he acts as liaison between Archive analysts and agency FOIA offices, and serves as the Archive's FOIA counselor to the public.

He is also editor of the Archive's blog Unredacted where he writes about newly declassified documents and FOIA policy. He has authored the Archive's past eight government-wide FOIA Audits, including "Saving Government Email an Open Question."

He earned his MA in Cold War History from The George Washington University, where he used FOIA to write his thesis on the 1983 Able Archer nuclear war scare. He is a Nuclear History Research Fellow at the Odessa Center for Nonproliferation, Ukraine.

He has also produced The Able Archer 83 Sourcebook, the comprehensive declassified collection of documents on the 1983 nuclear war scare. His book Able Archer 83:The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War examines the intersection of Cold War animosity, nuclear miscalculation, and government secrecy.

He's on twitter as @NSANate