Director, Center for Global Security Research Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy
In a much-heralded speech in April 2009, President Obama declared “America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” While the President will host a 4th global summit on nuclear security in 2016 and has argued for ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, he has also moved ahead with modernization of certain U.S. nuclear weapons. In a world where our security threats range from ISIS to an increasingly assertive Russia, what is the role of nuclear weapons?
In January 2015, Brad Roberts took over the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which brings together experts from science, technology, and policy communities to address national security challenges. From April 2009 to March 2013, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, where he directed the Obama Administration’s 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and Ballistic Missile Defense Review. Before moving to Livermore Lab, he was the William Perry Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, where he wrote the just-published The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century. Before serving in government, he worked at the Institute for Defense Analysis and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his doctorate from Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
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