Sam Dahdouh was raised overseas before moving to the USA in the early 1970's to pursue his higher education. His fascination with energy took hold while growing up in the Arabian Gulf and watching oil fields’ flares glow in the night sky burning and wasting enough gaseous energy to power several large cities. During visits in the 1960s to underground tunnels in Lebanon built by French Jesuits priests to store wine, he saw his first seismometer employed by the priests to monitor earth movements. The utilization of this underground space and flared energy etched vivid images into his young mind. He received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in nuclear engineering in 1975 and 1977 respectively, from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1989. From an early age, his career followed a path triangulating energy use, underground facilities, and nuclear technology. As the geopolitics of the world has became more complex and global peace threatened, Sam realized that the foundation for restoring peace and avoiding human annihilation lies in a better understanding of the very lexicons that connected people and civilizations since the recorded ancient history of man, when humans deployed the earliest alphabets to communicate and coexist.Since after graduate school, Sam managed and directed personnel in microelectronics, nuclear energy, and the outer space exploration areas. In the 1980's, as a rocket scientist, he retrofitted large US space launch vehicles to carry satellites into various orbits. Dr. Dahdouh also developed mathematical models to better understand the plasma dynamics of thermonuclear fusion reactions and traveled the world to bridge cultures and bring people, nations, and industries together. In doing so, he held audiences with kings, presidents, and high level government officials on a variety of programs and missions. He supported government programs and worked for many years on nonproliferation issues with US laboratory personnel, scientists, and USA federal and international officials.
When the Cuban missile crisis threatened world peace in 1962, Dr. Dahdouh, as a teenager then, watched with anxiety as President Kennedy ordered a naval blockade of Cuba while trading words and actions with Former Russia's Nikita Khrushchev that threatened the security of the United States, Russia, and the world. This brought the globe to the edge of a nuclear abyss and fear of extinction. Dr. Dahdouh recalls going to bed thinking whether specific cultural gestures and better communications can be employed to avoid such a threat and potential calamity. Nowadays, the world is far more dangerous with more nations possessing or seeking to possess and buy Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMD)while the cultural divide remains a potential paramount threat of complex conflicts.
Having witnessed the political maneuvers, diplomatic efforts, and obstacles to bring nations together to sign and ratify international agreements, such as the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), it became clear to Dr. Dahdouh that a better lingua franca is needed to resolve the geopolitical obstacles among the tens of world nations. Such a lexicon lies not only in fomenting trust, but in relations that bring comfort and can neutralize common national objections for countries to work together for the benefit of humanity.Current systems in place to achieve such critical objectives are often oblique at best as we have seen from recent examples. The mission of NPWMD should be embedded into every step of the nonproliferation process including treaty discussions and acceptance.