Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discusses the "Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century" at this October meeting of the AFIO "Andre LeGallo" San Francisco Chapter. Drawing on his recent publication with Stanford University Press, The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, Dr. Roberts will discuss the lessons-learned from the efforts of the Obama administration and its predecessors, to create conditions that would allow us to move further away from nuclear deterrence. Arguments counter to the conventional wisdom that the United States can and should do more to reduce both the role of nuclear weapons in its security strategies and the number of weapons in its arsenal, will be presented, as well as the reactions from the political, military, and academic communities.
The author’s role in formulating and implementing U.S. policy in the Obama administration, allows for the examination of real-world experience to provide insight into important lessons for the disarmament enterprise, and the new problems of strategic conflict in the 21st century for which nuclear weapons remain relevant but which are also driving major changes in strategies for deterrence, assurance, and strategic stability.
WHERE: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116. 11:30AM no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon start at noon.