The Nuclear Scholars Initiative aims to provide top graduate students and young professionals from around the country with a unique venue to interact and dialogue with senior experts on nuclear weapons issues.
CSIS is seeking a Program Coordinator and Research Assistant to join the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) to work on research projects and coordinate events. The Program Coordinator and Research Assistant is responsible for conducting research and writing, and for assisting with project management within the program. The Program Coordinator and Research Assistant supports the operational and substantive goals of PONI and will be expected to play a key role in advancing PONI’s initiatives, including the Nuclear Scholars Initiative, conference series, and multilateral nuclear dialogues. She/he reports to Rebecca Hersman, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Adviser, International Security Program.
An Air Force weapons officer works “from the target back” to propose a radical new policy.
There are substantial questions for policy-makers to answer as the United State weighs the inclusion of hypersonic weapons to its arsenal. This analysis considers the best case for and potential drawbacks of U.S. investment in hypersonics.
While critics of nuclear arms often describe them as indiscriminate weapons that would be used to target civilian population centers, U.S. nuclear planning is deliberately aligned with the moral values that govern the U.S. way of war.
Concealing an “escalate to de-escalate” strategy could allow Russia to complicate U.S. and NATO policymaking more than revealing it and the absence of a formal doctrine might not prevent Moscow from attempting to “escalate to de-escalate” in a confrontation.
The first conference of the 2018-2019 PONI Conference Series will be held on July 10-11 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.
Once the U.S. bomber force is vulnerable to a first strike by a regional adversary, the United States will find it increasingly difficult to deter that state. The most probable solution to this impending strategic dilemma would be to develop a nuclear-tipped SLCM.
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What dictates escalation choices? For U.S. adversaries, the foremost concern may not be the security of the state or even the contested objective, but the security of the regime itself.