Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) sponsored this seminar entitled "The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century" on May 19, 2016, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The seminar was presented by Brad Roberts, director of the Center for Global Security Research.혻

CGSR director Brad Roberts is the author of a new book by Stanford University Press, entitled The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century. The book was written in the year prior to his appointment at CGSR and was released a few weeks ago. In the interim, it has been reviewed in publications such as Foreign Affairs and Survival. This seminar will review the main arguments in the book and the reactions in the political, military, and academic communities. The book is a 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. Drawing on the author셲 experience in the making and implementation of U.S. policy in the Obama administration, the book examines that real world experience and finds important lessons for the disarmament enterprise. That experience also provides insights into 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.

Brad Roberts is the director of the Center for Global Security Research. From 2009 to 2013, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy. In this capacity, Dr. Roberts played a leading role in the Obama administration셲 Nuclear Posture Review and its implementation. Prior to joining the Pentagon, he was a policy analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia, and an adjunct professor at George Washington University.





Energy Security and the Department of Defense

The second largest buyer of renewable electricity in the country is the U.S. Department of Defense, right behind Google, according to a recent report. With a $20 billion annual energy bill, the Pentagon has long invested in alternative energy, for reasons that range from statutory targets to saving money.

But recently, the Air Force announced a brand new energy policy: mission assurance. Accounting for more than 50 percent of all defense energy use, the Air Force could be sending an important signal about shifting Pentagon priorities. But what does mission assurance actually mean? Is it making sure aircraft always have enough fuel to fly, or that the grid can be restored if a massive cyber attack were to shut it down (a so-called "black start")?


Join New America and the Pew Charitable Trusts for a conversation with the Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable Deborah Lee James, as we look at energy and the future of the Air Force. Following Secretary James, an expert panel will discuss how all of the military services work with clean energy companies at military bases in the United States.


The Honorable Deborah Lee James
Secretary of the United States Air Force


The Honorable Miranda Ballentine
Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy

Michael McGhee
Executive Director, U.S. Army Office of Energy Iniatives

Captain John Kleim (USN, retired)
Deputy Director, U.S. Navy Renewable Energy Program Office

Larry Richardson
CEO, ReEnergy Holdings LLC

Sharon Burke
Senior Advisor, New America
Advisor, Project on National Security, Energy, and Climate, Pew Charitable Trust


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The China-Pakistan axis: Asia셲 new geopolitics

In this public seminar, Andrew Small explains the ramifications of Sino-Pakistani ties for the West, for India, for Afghanistan and for Asia as a whole. He explores some of the relationship's most sensitive aspects, including Beijing's support for Pakistan's nuclear program, China's dealings with the Taliban, and the Chinese military's planning for crises in Pakistan.혻

From China's involvement in South Asia's wars to the Obama administration's efforts to secure Chinese cooperation in stabilising the region, he traces the dilemmas Beijing increasingly faces between pursuing its strategic rivalry with India and the United States, and the imperative to address a terrorist threat that has become one of the gravest dangers to China's internal stability. Mr Small also examines China's ambitious new economic plans for Pakistan, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and what they mean for Beijing's ambitious 쁎ne Belt and One Road initiative.

Andrew Small is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund's (GMF) Asia program, which he established in 2006. His research focuses on US-China relations, Europe-China relations, Chinese policy in South Asia, and broader developments in China's foreign and economic policy. Mr Small was based in GMF셲 Brussels office for five years, and worked before that as the director of the Foreign Policy Centre's Beijing office, as a visiting fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and an Empowering Students Universally (ESU) scholar in the office of Senator Edward M Kennedy. His articles and papers have been published in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy andthe Washington Quarterly, as well as many other journals, magazines and newspapers. Mr Small is the author of the book The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia셲 New Geopolitics published with Hurst / Oxford University Press in 2015. He was educated at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

Andrew Small is visiting Australia as a guest of the ANU National Security College.


College Sports at a Crossroads: Entertainment or Education?

College Sports at a Crossroads: Entertainment or Education?The NCAA is beset with scandals, anti-trust lawsuits, calls for reform, and manic conference hopping봞ll signs that college sports has an identity crisis that begs to be resolved.


Democratic Governors Panel: A State셲-Eye View of America in 2016 & Beyond

McCloskey Speaker Series: Democratic Governors Panel: A State셲-Eye View of America in 2016 and Beyond
The McCloskey Speaker Series presents a unique and diverse roster of distinguished speakers. The series is made possible by a generous donation from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation.

Democratic governors discuss how their policies are making a difference and the challenges that lie ahead. Featuring Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington and Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.