Robert K. Musil

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Robert K. Musil, PhD, MPH, is the President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council (RCC), the legacy organization envisioned by Rachel Carson and founded in 1965 after her death by her closest friends and colleagues. The RCC promotes the environmental health issues and ethics espoused by Carson including the dangers posed by nuclear weapons, power, and wastes. Musil is also a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor with the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University where he teaches environmental and national security politics. Dr. Musil was Executive Director and CEO of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and its Director of Policy and Programs from 1992-2006. He is a graduate of Yale and Northwestern Universities and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and has been a Visiting Honorary Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and of Pembroke College, Cambridge University. He is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and frequent lecturer on college campuses. Dr. Musil specializes in contemporary global security, sustainability, and health issues, as well as Cold War history, culture, and policy. He is the author of Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Climate Change and Building a Better Future (Rutgers University Press, 2009) and Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment (Rutgers, 2014).

A long-time leader of the peace, nuclear disarmament, and environmental movements, Dr. Musil has also been Executive Director of the Professionals’ Coalition for Nuclear Arms Control, the SANE Education Fund, the Center for National Security Studies Military Affairs Project, and CCCO: An Agency for Military and Draft Counseling. He is a former Army Captain who taught communications and policy at the Defense Information School, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Dr. Musil initiated PSR’s opposition to the war in Iraq in 2003 and has been central to campaigns for the CTBT, NPT, and other arms control measures.

From 1978-1992, Dr. Musil was the Executive Producer and host of “Consider the Alternatives” a half-hour weekly radio program syndicated to over 150 stations with 2-3,000,000 listeners. He has been the producer of numerous ground-breaking independent video documentaries and public radio documentary series including “Shadows of the Nuclear Age: American Culture and the Bomb”; “Mushrooms: Nuclear War and the Imagination” hosted by Colleen Dewhurst; and “War in Space: The Debate over Star Wars” hosted by Ed Asner. Dr. Musil is two-time winner of the Armstrong Award for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting.[1]


As at March, 1982, the following served on the Board of Directors of SANE:[2]

Take Back America Conference

Among the 129 speakers who spoke at the 2003 Take Back America conference were;

Council for a Livable World

As at March 12, 2010, Robert K. Musil served on the board of the Council for a Livable World. The Council was founded in 1962 by nuclear physicist Leo Szilard and other scientists. Its purpose is to campaign against the proliferation of nuclear weapons through lobbying and by supporting candidates who share their vision.[3]

CLW Inauguration event

Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation hosted an event on Monday, January 21, 2013 celebrating the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and theirr endorsed candidates in the 113th Congress. The event was held at the Phoenix Park Hotel ballroom across from Union Station and just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

A number of prestigious guests attended the event, including Senators Tammy Baldwin, Martin Heinrich, Angus King and Bernie Sanders, U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene, Lois Frankel and Mark Takano, United Steel Workers International President Leo Gerard, host of The Ed Show on MSNBC, Ed Schultz and Vicki Hansen Thackray from the executive committee of Democrats Abroad.

Gary Collins, President of the board of Council for a Livable World, kicked off the celebration with a short speech highlighting the work of the Council during the 2012 election cycle.

Board member Robert K. Musil introduced Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). Senator Heinrich, who is well known for his environmental and clean energy advocacy, spoke about the importance of grassroots support. Over 1,300 council contributors gave more than $100,000 to Senator Heinrich’s campaign with an average gift of $75.[4]