Brian Cook

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Brian Cook is a Policy Research Analyst at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where he conducts research on strategic competition, nuclear deterrence, emerging technologies, and climate change. He started his time at the lab as a graduate intern and a participant of the NSSC-LANL Keepin Nonproliferation Science Summer Program. Prior to Los Alamos, he interned for think tanks including the Truman National Security Project and the Gulf International Forum. Brian also has experience in the private sector working as an analyst and account manager in the field of digital advertising technology. His current interests revolve around the nexus of national security, geopolitics, and technology. He holds a Master’s degree in International Security Studies from the University of Arizona and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Part 1: Nuclear Mis- and Disinformation and Impacts to the American Public

Russia’s nuclear saber rattling throughout the war in Ukraine, reports of China’s increasing nuclear modernization, and the 2023 release of Oppenheimer has reignited in the public talk of nuclear weapons. With the increasing prevalence of conversation around nuclear weapons comes increasing opportunity for mis- or disinformation to spread about them and the nuclear enterprise (NE)….