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Brad Roberts

Director of the Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Brad Roberts is director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. 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. 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. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Dr Roberts was a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses and an adjunct professor at George Washington University.

His recent publications include:

  • The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century (Stanford University Press, 2015)
  • Extended Deterrence and Strategic Stability in Northeast Asia (Tokyo: National Institute for Defense Studies, 2013)
  • On the Strategic Value of Ballistic Missile Defense (Paris, Institut Français des Relations Internationale, 2014)
  • Strategic Stability Under Obama and Trump,” Survival (August-September 2017)

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Policy brief

Ban the Bomb? Or Bomb the Ban?

Continuing our series of guest commentaries on the ban treaty, Dr. Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, argues that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is essentially a protest vote which may end up harming much more than it helps.

22 March 2018 | Brad Roberts