Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



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Brad Roberts is director of the Center for Global Security Research.

From April 2009 to March 2013 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy. In this role, he served as policy director of the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review and Ballistic Missile Defense Review. He had lead responsibility for their implementation.

From September 2013 through December 2014, Dr. Roberts was a consulting professor and William Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, where he authored a book entitled The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century (Stanford University Press, forthcoming November 2015). In summer 2013 he was a visiting fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo, Japan, with a focus on extended deterrence and strategic stability in Northeast Asia.

From 1995 to 2009, Dr. Roberts was a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia and an adjunct professor at George Washington University. From 1983 to 1995, he was a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he also served as editor of The Washington Quarterly from 1987 to 1995.

He has also served as a member of the Defense Department’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, chair of the research council of the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, and member of the executive committee of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific.

He has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University (1976), a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1981), and a doctorate in international relations from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


Selected Publications

The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2016).

On the Strategic Value of Ballistic Missile Defense (Paris: Institut Francais Relations Internationale, 2014).

Extended Deterrence and Strategic Stability in Northeast Asia (Tokyo: National Institute for Defense Studies, 2013).

Asia’s Major Powers and the Emerging Challenges to Nuclear Stability among Them (Alexandria, Va.: Institute for Defense Analyses, 2009).

“’All the King’s Men?’ Refashioning Global Nuclear Order,” International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs, London), 2007.

Nuclear Dialogue with China: Crafting an Approach (Alexandria, Va.: Institute for Defense Analyses, 2007).

“Deterrence and WMD Terrorism: Calibrating its Potential Contributions to Risk Reduction” (Alexandria, Va.: IDA, 2007).

“Strategic Options: Understanding the New Long War” in Strategies for the 21st Century: A Study of Strategy and Technology, Final Report (DARPA, May 2004).

Dissuasion, China, and the New Triad (Alexandria, Va., IDA, 2003).

Defining the Challenges of Campaign-level Responses to Campaign-type Terrorism (Alexandria, Va.: Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, 2003).

Tri-polar Stability: The Future of Nuclear Relations among the US, Russia, and China (Alexandria, Va.: IDA, 2002).

Deterring Terrorism: Terrorist Campaigns and Prolonged Wars of Mutual Coercion (Alexandria, Va.: IDA, 2002).

East Asia’s Nuclear Future: A Long-Term View of Threat Reduction (Alexandria, Va.: IDA, 2001).

Nuclear Multipolarity and Stability (Alexandria, Va.: IDA, 2000).

Coauthor with Robert Manning and Ronald Montaperto, China, Nuclear Weapons, and Arms Control (New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 2000) and as digested in Foreign Affairs (July/August 2000).

Coauthor with James Silk and Victor Utgoff, The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, Foreign Nuclear Weapons Programs, and US Security: An Assessment (Alexandria, Va.: IDA, 2000).

Biological Weapons in Major Theater War (Alexandria, Va.: IDA, 1998).

Weapons Proliferation in the 1990s (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1995). Edited volume.

Order and Disorder After the Cold War (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1995). Edited volume.

U.S. Security in an Uncertain Era (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1993). Edited volume.

“From Nonproliferation to Antiproliferation," International Security 18 (Summer 1993).

U.S. Foreign Policy After the Cold War (MIT Press, 1992). Edited volume.