Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Center for
Global Security Research

Focusing on the nexus of science and technology (S&T) and policy to provide fresh insights for understanding and addressing important national security issues

  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.


Center for Global Security Research Objectives

  • To explore the dynamics of potential 21st century strategic conflicts, (i.e., those with a potential nuclear aspect) and to formulate ideas about how to achieve U.S. deterrence and other objectives in such conflicts.
  • To explore the sources and characteristics of strategic competition in the emerging security environment and to formulate organizing concepts to enhance the competitive position of the United States and its allies and partners over the long term.
  • To identify whether and how technically-based approaches can address new challenges to national and international security.
  • To catalyze broader national and international thinking about the requirements of effective deterrence, assurance, and strategic stability in a changed and changing security environment.
  • To assist in the development of new generations of experts motivated by a clear view of the changed and changing security environment.

CGSR is focused on these thrust areas:

Map of Thrust Areas The Future of Cooperative Measures to Reduce Nuclear Dangers The New Dynamics of Long Term Competition New Regional Challengers and Challenges China, Northeast Asian Security, and Deterrence Russia, European Security, and Deterrence

An overarching goal of CGSR is to engage and develop the next generation of experts who can integrate significant technical expertise with a deep understanding of policy when addressing national security issues. The Center maintains strong ties with University of California at Berkeley, Naval Postgraduate School, National Defense University, Center for Strategic & International Studies Project on Nuclear Issues and hosts fellows and interns.