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2021 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium

September 13-24, 2021 | Virtual

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Mr. Matthew Bunn

Professor, Harvard University

Matthew Bunn is a Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research interests include nuclear theft and terrorism; nuclear proliferation and measures to control it; the future of nuclear energy and its fuel cycle; and policies to promote innovation in energy technologies. He is the faculty lead for the Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Before joining the Kennedy School in January 1997, he served for three years as an adviser to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he played a major role in U.S. policies related to the control and disposition of weapons-usable nuclear materials in the United States and the former Soviet Union, and directed a secret study for President Clinton on security for nuclear materials in Russia. Previously, Bunn was at the National Academy of Sciences, where he directed the two-volume study Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium. He is the winner of the American Physical Society’s Joseph A. Burton Forum Award for “outstanding contributions in helping to formulate policies to decrease the risks of theft of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials,” and the Federation of American Scientists’ Hans Bethe Award for “science in service to a more secure world,” and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee and a consultant to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arms Control Association, the Steering Committee of the Fissile Materials Working Group, an advisory panel for the Nuclear Challenges program of the MacArthur Foundation, the Strategic Advisory Board of ORNL’s Global Security Directorate, and the Advisory Committee of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance.

He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books and book-length technical reports (most recently Preventing Black-Market Trade in Nuclear Technologies), and over 150 articles in publications ranging from Science and Nuclear Technology to Foreign Policy and The Washington Post. He appears regularly on television and radio.

 

President Walter Carter

President, University of Nebraska

Ted Carter became the eighth president of the University of Nebraska on Jan. 1, 2020, following a national search by the Board of Regents.

As president, Carter leads a four-campus university system that enrolls nearly 52,000 students and employs 16,000 faculty and staff on campuses in Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney, plus academic divisions and research and extension centers across the state. He serves as chief spokesman and chief executive officer for the system, which operates on a $2.8 billion annual budget and includes a flagship Big Ten institution, a world-renowned academic health sciences center, Division I athletics programs, and preeminent institutes focused on water and agriculture, national security and defense, infectious disease and early childhood education.

Carter brought with him a distinguished record in education, partnerships and military service, having come to Nebraska from the U.S. Naval Academy, his alma mater, where he served as superintendent. Under his leadership, the Naval Academy achieved a No. 1 national ranking and new records in student success and diversity. Carter previously was president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. A retired Vice Admiral with 38 years of service, Carter has logged more than 6,300 flying hours and holds the American record for carrier-arrested landings.

In his first year at the University of Nebraska – faced with the unexpected and unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19 – Carter led with a focus on the land-grant priorities of access and opportunity for students and families. He launched the Nebraska Promise, a financial aid program guaranteeing free tuition for low- and middle-income Nebraskans, and implemented a multi-year budget plan that included a two-year, across-the-board tuition freeze. The result was system-wide growth in enrollment, including record gains among underrepresented students.

Carter oversaw the awarding of a $92 million federal contract for the university’s National Strategic Research Institute, one of only 14 University-Affiliated Research Centers in the country conducting exclusive research for the Department of Defense. During Carter’s tenure, the NU system has been ranked among the world’s top 100 institutions for earning research patents, the Omaha campus was selected as the home for a new federal counterterrorism research center, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources launched a new effort focused on rural vitality, and the medical center opened an education, training and preparedness facility that positions Nebraska as the world leader in the fight against infectious disease.

Carter holds a courtesy faculty appointment in aviation in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He serves as the chair of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute’s Board of Directors and is a board member for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Naval Historical Foundation and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. Carter is also a member of the Aspen Institute’s Higher Education Working Group and the Association of Public and LandGrant Universities’ Council of Presidents. He is an ex-officio member on the board of the University of Nebraska Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the university system that has a $1.7 billion endowment.

Carter earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he played hockey and served as team captain. He is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) and holds educational credentials from the Navy Nuclear Power School, the U.S. Air Force Air War College, the Naval War College and the Armed Forces Staff College. Carter’s military career includes service for the Carrier Strike Group Twelve, in which he commanded 20 ships, two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, and two carrier wings that were deployed to Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf.

The son of an English teacher, Carter was raised in the rural, one-high school town of Burrillville, R.I. He and his wife, Lynda, live in Lincoln and have two adult children, Brittany and Christopher.

 

Dr. Damon Coletta

Professor of Political Science, USAF Academy

Dr. Damon Coletta is Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy. He edits the Eisenhower Center peer-reviewed journal, Space & Defense, and recently completed a book on technology and international security, Courting Science: Securing the Foundation for a Second American Century (Stanford University Press, 2016). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University; a Master’s in Public Policy (S&T) from the Harvard Kennedy School; and a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

PhD, Duke University (1999)

Master of Public Policy, Harvard University (1993)

Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (1989)

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (1988)

U.S. Air Force Academy

NORAD/NORTHCOM Science & Technology

Institute for Defense Studies (IFS), Norway

Naval Postgraduate School

North Carolina State

Duke University

Think Tank Internships, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation/UCSD

RAND

Institute for Defense Analyses,

NASA – Goddard, American Enterprise Institute, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Delco Systems Operations – C-17 Avionics

 

Michael Eisenstadt

Kahn Fellow and Director, The Washington Institute’s Military and Security Studies Program

Michael Eisenstadt is the Kahn Fellow and director of The Washington Institute’s Military and Security Studies Program. A specialist in Persian Gulf and Arab-Israeli security affairs, he has published widely on irregular and conventional warfare, and nuclear weapons proliferation in the Middle East.

Prior to joining the Institute in 1989, Mr. Eisenstadt worked as a military analyst with the U.S. government.

Mr. Eisenstadt served for twenty-six years as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve before retiring in 2010. His military service included active-duty stints in Iraq with the United States Forces-Iraq headquarters (2010) and the Human Terrain System Assessment Team (2008); in Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan with the U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC) for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (2008-2009); at U.S. Central Command headquarters and on the Joint Staff during Operation Enduring Freedom and the planning for Operation Iraqi Freedom (2001-2002); and in Turkey and Iraq during Operation Provide Comfort (1991).

He has also served in a civilian capacity on the Multinational Force-Iraq/U.S. Embassy Baghdad Joint Campaign Plan Assessment Team (2009) and as a consultant or advisor to the congressionally mandated Iraq Study Group (2006), the Multinational Corps-Iraq Information Operations Task Force (2005-2006), and the State Department’s Future of Iraq defense policy working group (2002-2003). In 1992, he took a leave of absence from the Institute to work on the U.S. Air Force Gulf War Air Power Survey.

Mr. Eisenstadt earned an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a BA in political science from SUNY Binghamton and has traveled widely in the Middle East. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew, and reads French.

 

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Richard J. Evans III

Executive Director, National Strategic Research Institute

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Richard J. Evans III is Executive Director of the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska. Prior to UNO, Maj Gen Richard J. Evans III was the Director of Reserve Forces and Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.  He served as the principal advisor to the Commander on reserve component matters related to the command’s diverse missions, including strategic deterrence and assurance, space and cyberspace operations, full-spectrum global strike, integrated missile defense, joint electromagnetic spectrum operations and joint warfare analysis.

General Evans received his commission in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the Air National Guard (ANG) Academy of Military Science.  He has commanded at the detachment, squadron, group and wing levels.  His operational flying assignments include instructor weapon systems officer in the RF-4; and instructor and evaluator navigator in the KC-135.  His staff assignments include wing-level operations, plans, tactics and personnel assignments.  He has also served as a Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard for the Quadrennial Defense Review 2010; Acting Director for Space and Information Superiority at the National Guard Bureau; and National Reconnaissance Office Liaison Officer to U.S. Strategic Command.  He Chaired the Air National Guard’s KC-135 and Space, ISR and Cyber Weapon System Councils and was a member of the Air Directorate Field Advisory Council from 2004-2012.

General Evans has commanded expeditionary forces and flown combat missions in the KC-135 supporting Operations Uphold Democracy, Decisive Endeavor, Deliberate Guard, Deliberate Forge, Allied Force, Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  He served as Director of Mobility Forces for NATO Operation Unified Protector.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School and master navigator with over 3,800 flying hours, including 153 combat/combat support hours.

 

Dr. Christopher J. Ferrero

Assistant Professor of Politics, Coastal Carolina University

Christopher J. Ferrero received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2011, where he focused on the US-Iran relationship. His primary research concerns US foreign policy formation toward Iran and Iran’s role in the Middle East. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Chris pursued a professional Master’s Degree in security studies at Georgetown University. He worked as a weapons intelligence analyst for the Departments of State and Defense from 2002-2006, and thus enjoys bridging functional/regional divides on security issues and gearing his teaching and scholarship for “real world” application.

Senator Deb Fischer

Senator, Nebraska

A lifelong Nebraskan, Deb Fischer is the senior senator from Nebraska. In November 2012, Fischer was first elected to the U.S. Senate becoming the first Nebraska woman elected to a full term and the first Nebraska state senator elected directly after service in the state legislature. Six years later, in November 2018, Nebraskans overwhelmingly voted to send her back to the U.S. Senate for a second term.

Fischer is committed to working with Republicans and Democrats alike to advance sensible policies that will promote strong Nebraska families and communities. Senator Fischer believes the first duty of Congress is to defend the nation. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she is committed to defending against growing threats to our homeland and our allies. In her capacity as the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, she is focused on ensuring that our nation has a nuclear deterrent that is modern and effective. This subcommittee also has direct oversight of U.S. Strategic Command, which is located in Nebraska.

Fischer also serves on the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. This chairmanship enables her to continue leading on transportation issues, which have been one of her top priorities dating back to her chairmanship of the Nebraska Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunication Committee.

In addition to the Armed Services and Commerce Committees, Senator Fischer sits on the Senate Agriculture Committee, a vital committee to Nebraska where agriculture is the economic engine of the state. Fischer is a Nebraska cattle rancher with over 40 years of real-life experience working with agriculture producers and rural and economic development groups across the state. As Nebraska’s voice on this committee, she works to cut regulations negatively affecting agriculture and open up new trade opportunities for farmers and ranchers.

Senator Fischer is a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s leadership team, serving as counsel to the Majority Leader. In this position, which she has held since 2015, she presents the concerns of Nebraskans directly to the Republican Senate leadership.

Before her election to the U.S. Senate, Fischer served in the Nebraska Unicameral, representing the 43rd Legislative District since 2004. During her time in the state legislature, she chaired the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. She was also a member of the Revenue Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, and the Executive Board.

Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Senator Fischer attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a degree in education. She and her husband, Bruce, have been married for over 40 years and own a ranching business near Valentine. They have three sons and three grandchildren.

 

Dr. Erik Gartzke

Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Erik Gartzke is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS) at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been a member of the research faculty since 2007.  Previous permanent faculty positions include Columbia University in the City of New York (2000 to 2007) and the Pennsylvania State University (1997 to 2000).  He has held temporary positions at Dartmouth University, the Ecole des Affaires Internationales (Sciences Po), the Naval Postgraduate School, UC Santa Barbara and at the University of Essex.  Dr. Gartzke received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 1997.

Professor Gartzke’s research focuses on war, peace and international institutions.  His interests include nuclear security, the liberal peace, alliances, uncertainty and war, deterrence theory, and the evolving technological nature of interstate conflict.  He has written on cyberwar, trade and conflict, and the effects of economic development, system structure and climate change on war.  Dr. Gartzke’s research has been published in numerous academic journals and edited volumes. 

 

Dr. Bryon Greenwald

Professor and Deputy Provost, National Defense University

As the NDU Deputy Provost, Dr. Bryon Greenwald continues his life-long service to the nation and the Defense Department. He joined the Joint Forces Staff College after an Army career during which he held a variety of command and staff assignments, including Patriot Air Defense battalion command; Garrison Command of Fort Bliss, Texas; and Chief of Staff, J8, USJFCOM. Dr. Greenwald graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies, and the National War College. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Greenwald’s interests are in military theory, 20th and 21st Century military history, leading innovation and change, and civil-military relations. He has published extensively in professional journals and is the author of SCUD ALERT! The History, Development, and Military Significance of Ballistic Missiles on Tactical Operations (AUSA, 1995) and The Anatomy of Change: Why Armies Succeed or Fail at Transformation (AUSA, 2000). He is currently writing the history of U.S. Army antiaircraft artillery development from 1917-1945. In 2003, he received the National War College Excellence in Writing Award for his study, Understanding Change: An Intellectual and Practical Study of Military Innovation.

In 2005, Dr. Greenwald won the Defense Communities Military Leadership Award for his transformation of the Fort Bliss military community. The award specifically mentioned his personal leadership of 2,600 military, civilian, and contract employees as they trained, equipped, and deployed over 32,000 personnel; his support of the 2005 BRAC decision-making process (resulting in an additional 30,000 soldiers and over $4 billion in DoD investment in Fort Bliss); his leadership of the Army Residential Communities Initiative with 3,000 new or renovated military homes; and his partnership with the City of El Paso to build the world’s largest inland desalination plant. In 2010 and 2019, he won the JFSC Faculty Recognition of Excellence Award.

Dr. Greenwald has advised 73 JAWS Masters Theses students, including 26 award winners, and mentored 32 students to present papers at international conferences. Besides teaching in the Joint Advanced Warfighting School, he simultaneously served as Interim Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs from March 2012 to September 2013. He created the 13-day JAWS Synthesis Trip to London, France, Belgium, and Germany, led the trip until 2013, and established the JFSC Writing Program. Dr. Greenwald taught the Foundations in the Theory and History of War and the Historical Perspectives on Innovation and Change courses for the Joint Advanced Warfighting School. He is also a member of the National Defense University Research Council and the Joint Force Quarterly editorial board. In 2021, he coordinated the NDU/JFSC hosting of the Society for Military History Conference in Norfolk, Virginia, an enormously complex event that hosted over 600 in-person and virtual participants and held 85 live, virtual, and hybrid panels over three days. His 4-year tenure as an SMH Trustee culminated with the SMH 2021 meeting.

 

Mr. Arnav Jain

Journalist, Al Jazeera

Arnav Jain is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics graduate from the University of Nottingham with a passion for current affairs. While at university, he held a research placement at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory within the British Ministry of Defence where he delved into India’s multilateral deterrence theory and how it relates to that of the UK. Earlier this year he had the privilege of presenting his findings at the U.S. Strategic Command Academic Alliance Conference. Outside of research and academics he has spent time in the British Army Reserves as an Officer Cadet with the East Midlands University Officer Training Corps. Currently, Arnav is working in investigative journalism with Al Jazeera and the programme People & Power looking into the political ineffectiveness of the global reaction to climate change.

 

Dr. James Johnson

Assistant Professor, Dublin City University

Dr. James Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University and a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Previously, Johnson was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Monterey. Johnson’s research examines the intersection of nuclear weapons, deterrence, strategic stability, and emerging technology – especially AI. His work has been featured in The Journal of Strategic Studies, War on the Rocks, The Modern War Institute, The Washington Quarterly, Strategic Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Cyber Policy, The Pacific Review, Asian Security, Defense & Security Analysis, and The RUSI Journal and other outlets. He holds a PhD in Politics & International Relations from the University of Leicester. Johnson is author of The US-China Military & Defense Relationship during the Obama Presidency (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). His latest book is entitled, Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Warfare: USA, China, and Strategic Stability (Manchester University Press).

 

Major General Hiroshi Kameoka

Director General, Defense Plans and Policy Department (J5), Joint Staff, Japan

Jun. 2010  Industrial College of Armed Force, National Defense University, Ft McNair, Washington D.C.

Jul. 2011  Mid-Term Programs Section, Air Staff Office, Ichigaya

Jun. 2014  Senior Research & Development Officer, Air Staff College, Meguro

Jul. 2014  Defense Plans & Programs Division, Air Staff Office, Ichigaya

Aug. 2014 Head, Defense Plans & Programs Division, Air Staff Office, Ichigaya

Jul. 2016  Commander, 6th Air Wing & Komatsu AB

Mar. 2018    Inspector General, Inspector General’s Office of Legal Compliance, Ichigaya

Aug. 2020 Director General , Defense Plans and Policy Department (J5), Joint Staff, Japan

 

Mr. Jaejoon Kim

Student, Georgetown University

JJ (Jaejoon) Kim is a Master’s Candidate in Security Studies at Georgetown University. Born in South Korea and raised in suburban Massachusetts, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. His research centers on the East Asian security architecture with a focus on the North Korean nuclear program, ballistic missile technology, and U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific. He has previously worked at non-profit research institutes such as the Asia Society, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for the National Interest.

 

Senator Angus King

Senator, Maine

In January 2013, Angus King was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator, filling the same seat once held by storied Maine leaders Edmund Muskie, George Mitchell, and Olympia Snowe.

A strong believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building, Senator King is proud to join the long line of thoughtful, independent leaders from the State of Maine, and he works hard every day to bring Republicans and Democrats together to find common-sense solutions for Maine and America. He is a proven consensus-builder who “calls ‘em like he sees ‘em”, putting civility and respect ahead of political ideology.

Senator King is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Rules and Administration. He has made it a priority not to miss Committee hearings, earning him praise from his colleagues and the reputation as a workhorse in the Senate. Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) once called Senator King “one of the most serious and hard-working members” of the Committee. In his time in the Senate, Senator King has worked to strengthen America’s national security, conducted critical oversight of the nation’s Intelligence Community, supported common-sense budget priorities that promote prosperity and reduce the national debt, fought the national opioid and heroin epidemic, coordinated efforts to revitalize Maine’s forest economy, advocated for policies that contribute to cleaner, cheaper energy and mitigate climate change, railed against the corrosive effect of unchecked money in politics, fought to improve access to health care, worked to strengthen the government’s support of veterans, and promoted increased access to critical community resources like rural broadband.

Senator King has already achieved significant legislative victories. In 2013, when students across America faced the financial threat of a significant increase in their student loan interest rates, Senator King spearheaded the effort to draft and pass through both the Senate and House the compromise legislation that not only averted rate hikes, but that also put the program on long-term stable financial footing. That hard-fought bipartisan solution, the Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, has since been projected to save millions of students across the country more than $50 billion in interest payments. During the government shutdown of 2014, Senator King worked tirelessly with a small group of moderate senators, led by his colleague and friend Senator Susan Collins, to formulate the action plan that eventually led to the reopening of the government. In fact, it is in small working groups like this that Senator King has focused much of his work. He co-founded the Former Governors Caucus, which brings together the Senate’s former Governors to chart pragmatic approaches to solutions, as well as the Senate Arctic Caucus, which hones in on Maine and America’s growing interest in the Arctic. Senator King also tries to informally bridge the partisan divide in Washington by frequently bringing his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to his home for barbeque dinners, where political talk is banned and the focus is getting to know one another. The bonds that are formed through these relationships often lay the foundation for successful legislation.

 

Dr. Adam Lowther

Professor and Director, Center for Academic and Professional Journals

Dr. Lowther is Director of the Department of Multi-Domain Operations at the Army Management Staff College where he leads education and research in that area. He was Professor of Political Science at the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), he taught Twenty-first Century Conflict to senior service college students in the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program. He is an expert in nuclear deterrence, multi-domain operations, and the nuclear programs of Russia and China.

Previously, he served as the founding Director of the School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies (SANDS), Kirtland AFB. He led the school’s academic, professional development, and research effort.

Dr. Lowther also served as the Director of the Center for Academic and Professional Journals at the Air Force Research Institute (AFRI), Maxwell AFB, where he oversaw publication of the Air Force’s professional journals: Strategic Studies Quarterly and Air and Space Power Journal (English, Spanish, Chinese, French).

Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Lowther was a research professor at AFRI where he led and participated in a number of CSAF directed studies. Dr. Lowther is widely published and has written in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Joint Force Quarterly, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and a variety of other journals and outlets.

Early in his career, Dr. Lowther served in the US Navy aboard the USS RAMAGE (DDG-61). He also served at CINCUSNAVEUR–London and with NMCB 17.

EDUCATION 

1999 Bachelor of Arts degree, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2001 Masters of Arts degree, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2006 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. January 1995 – July 1997, Deck Division, Deck Seaman, USS RAMAGE (DDG-61), Norfolk, VA
  2. August 1997 – August 1998, Headquarters Company, Personnelist, NMCB 17, Det 6, Phoenix, AZ
  3. September 1998 – July 2002, Admin, Personnelist, NCTAMS PAC 119, Phoenix, AZ
  4. June 2008 – June 2014, Research Division, Research Professor, Air Force Research Institute, Maxwell AFB, AL
  5. June 2014 – October 2015, Center for Academic and Professional Journals, Director, Air Force Research Institute, Maxwell AFB, AL
  6. October 2015 – October 2018, School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies, Director, Air Force Global Strike Command, Kirtland AFB, NM
  7. August 2019 – Present, School of Advanced Military Studies, Professor, Army Training and Doctrine Command, Combined Arms Center, Ft. Leavenworth, KS

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal

CAT III Civilian of the Year AU/HQ  

 

Dr. Carter Malkasian

Research Analyst, Center for Naval Analyses

Dr. Carter Malkasian was the special assistant for strategy to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, from 2015 to 2019. He has extensive experience working in conflict zones. He spent nearly two years in Garmser district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a State Department political officer. Before that, he deployed as a CNA civilian advisor with the Marines, twice to Iraq’s al-Anbar province, for a total of 18 months, in 2004 and 2006. From May 2012 to May 2013, From October 2006 to July 2009, he directed the Stability and Development Program at CNA.

His 2013 book, “War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier” (Oxford University Press), won the 2014 silver medal for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Book Award. His following book—”Illusions of Victory: The Anbar Awakening and the Islamic State” (Oxford University Press, 2017)—covers the successes and eventual failure of the famous Anbar awakening and the corresponding U.S. military effort. Dr. Malkasian received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his doctorate in history at Oxford University.

 

Dr. Michael J. Mazarr

Senior Political Scientist, RAND

Michael J. Mazarr is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Previously he worked at the U.S. National War College, where he was professor and associate dean of academics; as president of the Henry L. Stimson Center; senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; senior defense aide on Capitol Hill; and as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His primary interests are U.S. defense policy and force structure, disinformation and information manipulation, East Asian security, nuclear weapons and deterrence, and judgment and decision-making under uncertainty. Mazarr holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Maryland.

 

Mr. Jim Miller

Senior Fellow, John’s Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Dr. Jim Miller is President of Adaptive Strategies, LLC. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council, and on the Board of Advisors for Endgame, Inc. Over the last three decades he has also served as the principal civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on strategy, policy, and operations, working to strengthen relations with allies and partners in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Dr. Jim Miller is President of Adaptive Strategies, LLC, which provides consulting to private sector clients on strategy development and implementation, international engagement, and technology issues. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council, and on the Board of Advisors for Endgame, Inc. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Defense Science Board.

Previously, as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Dr. Miller served as the principal civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on strategy, policy, and operations, working to strengthen relations with allies and partners in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and to reduce the risks of miscommunication with Russia and China. He also served as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Dr. Miller was present at the creation for CNAS, serving as Senior Vice President and Director of Studies, and previously served as Senior Vice President at Hicks and Associates, Inc. During the 1990s he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Requirements, Plans, and Counterproliferation Policy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Duke University, and senior professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee.

He was awarded the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, four times. He also received the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Joint Distinguished Civilian Award.

He is an expert in nuclear policy, cyber security, space security, and U.S.-Russian relations.

Dr. Miller received a B.A. degree with honors in Economics from Stanford University. He earned Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

 

Dr. Clay Moltz

Dean of International Defense Studies, Naval Postgraduate School

James Clay Moltz is dean of the Graduate School of International and Defense Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, He is also a professor in the National Security Affairs Department and holds a joint appointment in the Space Systems Academic Group at NPS. His books include: The Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests (Stanford University Press, 2019, 2011 and 2008 editions), Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space (Columbia University Press, 2014); and Asia’s Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks (Columbia University Press, 2012). He is also co-author of Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation (ABC-CLIO, 2007 and 2002 editions) and co-editor of Preventing Nuclear Meltdown (Ashgate, 2004) and The North Korean Nuclear Program (Routledge, 2000), as well as two volumes on space policy (Collective Security in Space: Asian Perspectives and European Perspectives, George Washington University, 2008 and 2007). From 2018-20, Prof. Moltz served as chair of the Department of National Security Affairs (NSA) at NPS. From 2012-16, he was the NSA Department’s associate chair for research, while also directing the Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC) and the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC), funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Prof. Moltz holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. and B.A. (with Distinction) from Stanford University.

Prof. Moltz worked previously in the U.S. Senate, at the University of California at San Diego, and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where he was the founding editor of the journal Nonproliferation Review (1993–97), director of the Newly Independent States Nonproliferation Project (1997–2003), and the center’s deputy director from 2003–2007. He has served as an advisor to the NASA-Ames Research Center and to the U.S. Department of Energy and has provided expert testimony on space and nuclear issues before the U.S. Congress. Professor Moltz’s academic articles have been published in such journals as Asia Policy, Asian Survey, Current History, the Journal of Contemporary China, Nature, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and World Politics. His op-eds have appeared in such newspapers as the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. At NPS, his honors include the 2015 Carl E. and Jesse W. Menneken Award for Significant Research and Sustained Contributions to the Navy and the Department of Defense and the 2010 Richard W. Hamming Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement.

 

Amelia Morgan

Research Associate, Center for Science and Security Studies

Amelia is a Research Associate at the Center for Science and Security Studies and a doctoral candidate at King’s College London, where she specialises in U.S. and NATO nuclear policy. She previously worked at the U.K. Defence Academy and the Policy Institute at King’s. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a master’s degree in Non-Proliferation and International Security.

 

Dr. Vipin Narang

Frank Stanton Professor of Nuclear Security and Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Vipin Narang is the Frank Stanton Professor of Nuclear Security and Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His first book Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era (Princeton University Press, 2014) on the deterrence strategies of regional nuclear powers won the 2015 ISA International Security Studies Section Best Book Award. His second book Seeking the Bomb: Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation is forthcoming with Princeton University Press. His work has appeared in a variety of outlets including International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington Quarterly, International Organization, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He was the recipient of the 2020 ISSS Emerging Scholar Award from the International Studies Association awarded to the scholar who “had made the most significant contribution to the field of security studies.”

He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University in 2010. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering with distinction from Stanford University and an M. Phil with Distinction in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, a predoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Stanton junior faculty fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, North Korea’s nuclear weapons, South Asian security, and general security studies.

 

Dr. Keith B. Payne

President and Co-Founder, National Institute for Public Policy

Dr. Payne most recently served in the Department of Defense as a Senior Advisor to OSD and was awarded OSD’s Outstanding Achievement Award for this work. Previously he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Policy for which he received the Distinguished Public Service Medal. In 2005 he was awarded the Vicennial Medal from Georgetown University for his many years on the faculty of the graduate National Security Studies Program.

Dr. Payne served for many years as the Chairman of the U.S. Strategic Command’s Senior Advisory Group, Strategy and Policy Panel. He also served as a Commissioner on the bipartisan Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, as co-chairman of the Department of Defense’s Deterrence Concepts Advisory Group, and also as a participant or leader of numerous governmental and private studies, including White House studies of U.S.-Russian cooperation, Defense Science Board Studies, and Defense Department studies of deterrence, missile defense, arms control, and proliferation. He has served as a consultant to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and participated in the 1998 “Rumsfeld Study” of missile proliferation.

Dr. Payne has lectured on defense and foreign policy issues at numerous universities and government offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. He also is an award-winning author, coauthor or editor of 40 published books and monographs and more than 200 published articles and book chapters.  His most recent book is entitled, Shadows on the Wall:  Deterrence and Disarmament (Fairfax, VA:  National Institute Press, 2020).

Dr. Payne received an A.B. (honors) in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976, studied in Heidelberg, Germany, and in 1981 received a Ph.D. (with distinction) in international relations from the University of Southern California.

 

Dr. Stacie Pettyjohn

Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Stacie Pettyjohn is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her areas of expertise include defense strategy, posture, force planning, force presentation, security cooperation, and wargaming.

Prior to joining CNAS, Pettyjohn spent over ten years at the RAND Corporation as a political scientist. Between 2019-2021, she was the Director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program in Project Air Force. From 2014-2020, she served as the co-director of the Center for Gaming. She has designed and led strategic and operational games that have assessed new operational concepts such as multi-domain operations (MDO); tested the impacts of new technology, such as human-machine collaboration and combat teaming; explored unclear phenomena such as gray zone tactics and information warfare; and examined nuclear escalation and warfighting. Previously, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace, and a TAPIR fellow at the RAND Corporation.

Pettyjohn has authored or co-authored reports on a wide range of issues, including readiness and responsiveness, the role of airpower in defeating the Islamic State, competition with Russia, possible war fighting scenarios with North Korea, and command and control of multi-national NATO amphibious forces. Additionally, she has crafted a large body of work on the United States’ overseas posture, which explores the operational requirements, its vulnerability to attack, and the political access challenges that the United States faces.

Pettyjohn’s work has also been published in academic journals such as Security Studies and International Negotiation, and her commentary has appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, War on the Rocks, Defense News, The National Interest, Asia Times, and The Daily Star.

She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in history and political science from the Ohio State University.

 

Dr. Robert Powell

Professor, UC Berkley

Professor Powell’s research focuses on war, international conflict, and the politics of weakly institutionalized states, and he is a specialist in game-theoretic approaches to these issues. He received a B.S. in mathematics from Harvey Mudd College, an M. Phil. in international relations from Cambridge, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley. His published work includes Nuclear Deterrence Theory: The Search for Credibility, (Cambridge University Press, 1990); In the Shadow of Power: States and Strategies in International Politics (Princeton University Press, 1999); “Bargaining and Fighting While Learning,” American Journal of Political Science (April 2004); and “The Inefficient Use of Power: Costly Conflict with Complete Information” American Political Science Review (May 2004).

 

Admiral Charles A. Richard, USN

Commander, USSTRATCOM

Admiral Charles Richard is a native of Decatur, Alabama and graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in 1982. He earned master’s degrees with honors from the Catholic University of America and the Naval War College.

His most recent assignment was Commander, Submarine Forces in Norfolk, Virginia. Other flag assignments include Deputy Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Director of Undersea Warfare (OPNAV N97) at the Pentagon, Deputy Commander of Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike at U.S. Strategic Command, and command of Submarine Group 10 in Kings Bay, Georgia.

His operational assignments include command of USS Parche (SSN 683) as well as Submarine NR-1, then the U.S. Navy’s only nuclear-powered, deep-submergence submarine. He also served aboard USS Portsmouth (SSN 707), USS Asheville (SSN 758) and USS Scranton (SSN 756). Admiral Richard’s staff assignments include service as the executive assistant and naval aide to the Under Secretary of the Navy; chief of staff, Submarine Force Atlantic; and command of Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 17 in Bangor, Washington. Other staff assignments include director of resources on the staff of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy); squadron engineer on the staff of SUBRON-8 and duty on the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Submarine Warfare) staff. He has also served as a member of Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group XXVIII, studying the integration of unmanned systems into naval force structure.

Admiral Richard assumed his current duties in November 2019. As Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, he is responsible for one of 11 Unified Commands under the Department of Defense. USSTRATCOM is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives, providing a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the President and Secretary of Defense.

 

Dr. Brad Roberts

Director, Center for Global Security Research

Brad Roberts is director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. From April 2009 to March 2013 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy.

In this role, he served as policy director of the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review and Ballistic Missile Defense Review. From September 2013 through December 2014, Dr. Roberts was a consulting professor and William Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Dr. Roberts was a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses and an adjunct professor at George Washington University.

 

Dr. Will Roper

Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics

Dr. Will Roper is the Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. As the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, Dr. Roper was responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development and acquisition activities totaling an annual budget in excess of $60 billion for more than 550 acquisition programs. In this position, Dr. Roper served as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for research and development, test, production and modernization efforts within the Air Force.

Prior to this position, Dr. Roper was the founding Director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office. Established in 2012, the SCO imagines new—often unexpected and game-changing—uses of existing government and commercial systems: extending their shelf-life and restoring surprise to the military’s playbook. Since 2012, SCO has grown from an annual budget of $50 million to the current $1.5 billion request in the President’s 2018 budget with projects spanning new concepts such as hypervelocity artillery, multi-purpose missiles, autonomous fast-boats, smartphone-navigating weapons, big-data-enabled sensing, 3D-printed systems, standoff arsenal planes, fighter avatars and fighter-dispersed swarming micro-drones which formed the world’s then-largest swarm of 103 systems. During his tenure as SCO Director, Dr. Roper served on the Department’s 2018 National Defense Strategy Steering Group, Cloud Executive Steering Group and Defense Modernization Team.

Previously, Dr. Roper served as the Acting Chief Architect at the Missile Defense Agency where he developed 11 new systems, including the current European Defense architecture, advanced drones, and classified programs. Before this, he worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and served as a missile defense advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

 

General Norton A. Schwartz (Ret.)

President, Institute for Defense Analyses

Norton A. Schwartz serves as President of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a nonprofit corporation operating in the public interest. IDA manages three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers that answer the most challenging U.S. security and science policy questions with objective analysis leveraging extraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertise. At IDA, General Schwartz (U.S. Air Force, retired) directs the activities of more than 1,000 scientists and technologists employed by IDA.

General Schwartz has a long and prestigious career of service and leadership that spans over 5 decades. He was most recently President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). During his 6-year tenure at BENS, he was also a member of IDA’s Board of Trustees.

Prior to retiring from the U.S. Air Force, General Schwartz served as the 19th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force from 2008 to 2012. He previously held senior joint positions as Director of the Joint Staff and as the Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command. He began his service as a pilot with the airlift evacuation out of Vietnam in 1975.

General Schwartz is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. He is also an alumnus of the Armed Forces Staff College and the National War College.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a 1994 Fellow of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI. General Schwartz has been married to Suzie since 1981.

 

Ethan Scrima

Student, Iowa State University

Ethan Scrima is a student at Iowa State University, from Naperville, Illinois. His major is in Political Science with a Russian language minor. Ethan is interested in international relations and nuclear politics, and previously spoken at the 2020 Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference. His presentation was on the JCPOA and the Abraham Accords. Ethan enjoys studying foreign languages as well as military history. He is a member of Iowa State University’s model EU team and took part in the 2020 Midwest Model EU Competition.

 

Major General Ferdinand B. Stoss III

Director, Plans and Policy, USSTRATCOM

Maj Gen Stoss is the Director, Plans and Policy, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. The Director is responsible for the development and sustainment of Department of Defense strategic war plans, strategic support for theater combatant commander’s, and for contingency planning. He assists in formulating and implementing strategy for USSTRATCOM’s Unified Command Plan assigned responsibilities to include strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, global strike operations, and missile defense. Gen Stoss also supports the development of nuclear force postures, arms control policy, and leads the integration of strategic deterrence activities with allies and partners.

General Stoss entered active duty in 1988 after commissioning through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Kansas State University. He holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and another Master’s degree in History from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

General Stoss largely served in the nuclear enterprise. Positions held include ICBM launch officer, command operations evaluator, U.S. Strategic Command war planner, squadron commander, deputy group commander, vice wing commander, wing commander, numbered Air Force commander, and several nuclear-related staff positions. Other staff assignments include AFROTC instructor duty and Military Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Prior to his current assignment, General Stoss served as the Commander, Twentieth Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.

Gen Stoss’ major awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf.

 

Dr. Caitlin Talmadge

Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Caitlin Talmadge is Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a core faculty member of the Security Studies Program. Her research and teaching focus on nuclear deterrence and escalation, defense policy, civil-military relations, U.S. military operations and strategy, and the Persian Gulf. She is author of The Dictator’s Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes (Cornell, 2015), which Foreign Affairs named the Best Book on Security in 2016 and which won the 2017 Best Book Award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. She also is co-author of U.S. Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy (third edition 2017, Routledge) and is currently writing a book on nuclear escalation in conventional wars. She has published articles in International Security, Security Studies, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington Quarterly, The Non-Proliferation Review, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Dr. Talmadge is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. She has held fellowships from Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Brookings Institution, the American Political Science Association, and the Stanton Foundation. Previously she worked as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a consultant to the Office of Net Assessment at the U.S. Department of Defense, and a professor at the George Washington University.

 

Mr. Mike Webb, SES

Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst, USSTRATCOM

Mr. Webb is the US Strategic Command Intelligence Directorate (USSTRATCOM/J2) Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst (SDIA) for Strategic Weapons.  He oversees the Joint Intelligence Operations Center analysis and production, defense warning, analytic tradecraft supporting the USSTRATCOM mission to deter strategic attack and employs forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of our nation and our allies.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Mr. Webb graduated from Creighton University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.  After graduating, he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and was commissioned in March 1988 as an Ensign in the United States Navy.  He deployed on USS ENTERPRISE, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, and USS JOHN C. STENNIS.  Additionally, he completed assignments at the Joint Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and USSTRATCOM.

Mr. Webb’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous joint, service, and campaign awards.

 

Brigadier General John W. Weidner

J5P Deputy Director, Plans and Policy, USSTRATCOM

Brigadier General John W. Weidner assumed the duties as Deputy Director, Plans and Policy, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), on May 4, 2020.

General Weidner was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1991 upon graduation from the Army ROTC program at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. He completed a Ph.D. in medical physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012, and holds Master of Science degrees in medical physics, nuclear engineering, engineering management, and strategic studies. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin.

General Weidner most recently served as the Director of the US Army Nuclear and Countering WMD Agency at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he led the Army’s capability to integrate nuclear weapon effects into conventional operations, and supported Army service component commands with nuclear and countering WMD expertise.

General Weidner previously served as the Director of the USSTRATCOM Commander’s Action Group; Director for Strategic Capabilities Policy in the Defense Policy and Strategy Directorate on the National Security Council staff; Executive Director for the Office of Major Modernization Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy; assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology; stockpile associate for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico; consequence management advisory team leader for DTRA at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the United States Military Academy at West Point; and Deputy District Engineer for the St. Paul District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He commanded B Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado and served as an Engineer Platoon Leader at Fort Riley, Kansas and in the Republic of Korea.

 

Dr. Sharon Weiner

Associate Professor, School of International Service

Sharon K. Weiner is Associate Professor at the School of International Service. Her research, teaching, and policy engagement are at the intersection of organizational politics and U.S. national security. Her current work focuses on the theory, practice, and social construction of deterrence, the politics of U.S. nuclear weapon modernization programs, and larger issues of civil-military relations.

From August 2014 through February 2017 Weiner served as a program examiner with the National Security Division of the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she had responsibility for budget and policy issues related to nuclear weapons and nonproliferation. Her previous government service includes the Joint Staff’s Strategic Plans and Policy directorate, the House Armed Services Committee, and as an advisor to the office of a U.S. Senator.

She has held research positions at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Center for National Security Studies and at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security.

Weiner’s book, Our Own Worst Enemy? Institutional Interests and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Expertise (MIT Press 2011) explored the role of organizational and partisan politics in the success and failure of U.S. cooperative nonproliferation programs with the former Soviet Union. The book won the 2012 Louis Brownlow award from the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration for its “outstanding contribution to the literature of public administration [and] new insights and original ideas about the role and behavior of governmental institutions and programs in the area of national security.”

Her scholarly work has appeared in International Security, Political Science Quarterly, Polity, The Nonproliferation Review, Daedalus, Contemporary Security Policy, as well as other journals. She recently completed a book on U.S. civil-military relations and the organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Her current projects include using Virtual Reality to better understand the assumptions of rationality and strategy in nuclear decision making during a crisis (thenuclearbiscuit.org), and an exploration of relationships between conceptions of deterrence and social and political structures, processes, and culture.