Global Zero and New Paradigms for Nuclear Deterrence

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Date(s) - 7/25/201312:00 pm - 1:30 pm


On July 25, 2013, Dr. Robert Butterworth and Dr. Barry Blechman addressed a large audience as part of the 2013 AFA, ROA and NDIA Huessy Congressional Seminar Series on Nuclear Deterrence, Missile Defense, Arms Control and Defense Policy,. This event was made possible by the support of the Marshall Institute and its President, Jeff Kueter.

In April 2013, Marshall Institute Director Dr. Robert Butterworth published a detailed analysis of the nation’s nuclear defense policy in the Policy Outlook Slouching Towards Zero: Considering U.S. Nuclear Weapons Programs and Policy (available for download below). Dr. Butterworth observed “Under these conditions, the strategic uncertainties of the future are probably better met with a more incremental approach to nuclear force modernization but with greater and more flexible capabilities.”

Barry Blechman, the Co-Founder of the Stimson Center and 2013 winner of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, presented remarks on the“Contemporary Role of US Nuclear Weapons.”  He discussed how US nuclear weapons do, and do not, support US foreign and defense policies in today’s world, and the implications of that assessment for decisions on forces and arms negotiations.


Download PDF: Slouching Toward Zero Considering Nuclear Weapons Programs and Policy

Global Zero and New Paradigms for Nuclear Deterrence



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