The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Dr. Bradley H. Roberts, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, Department of Defense, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

There are no two issues more sensitive and critical to U.S. national security than nuclear and missile defense policy, and Dr. Brad Roberts is responsible for both these portfolios in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The 2010 Nuclear Posture Review is a ground breaking policy statement which for the first time made the prevention of nuclear terrorism a goal equal to the traditional objectives of preventing both state-led nuclear weapon development and usage.

Roberts oversees the formulation, recommendation, integration, and implementation of policies and strategies to improve United States strategic and conventional strike capabilities, defenses, arms control and related matters. This encompasses DoD policy relating to requirements, capability development, operations, declaratory policy, employment, and international cooperation or agreements (including arms control agreements) in the areas of missile defense, nuclear forces, and global strike.

From 1995 until assuming his current responsibilities, Dr. Roberts served as a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Roberts also served from 2003 to 2009 as a member of DoD's Threat Reduction Advisory Committee and as chair of its panel on DoD implementation of the National Strategy to Combat WMD. He is an associate professorial lecturer at George Washington University, currently on leave from this responsibility. He has also served as special advisor to the STRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group, as vice chairman of the board of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in The Asia-Pacific, as chairman of the research advisory council of the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, and as member and founding chairman of the Threat Reduction Program Review Committee of Los Alamos National Laboratories.

Dr. Roberts holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University, a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a doctorate from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.


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