Beyond the Summit: Exploring New Approaches to Nuclear Security

March 31, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator)
Washington, DC


Beyond the Summit: Exploring New Approaches to Nuclear Security with Governor Jerry Brown and Secretary Bill Perry
A conversation with:
Governor Jerry Brown
Secretary Bill Perry
Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus)
Stanford University
Moderated by:
The Hon. Barry Pavel
Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Introduced by:
Mr. Jan M. Lodal
Distinguished Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council
Please join the Atlantic Council on March 31, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. for a conversation with Governor Jerry Brown and former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry on new approaches to reducing the threats posed by nuclear weapons.
There are more than 15,000 nuclear weapons left on the planet – and there are countries and terrorists threatening to acquire and use them. Whether by accident or by malice, it would just take one nuclear weapon detonating in New York, London or Mumbai to kill instantly hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. Governor Brown and Secretary Perry will discuss the United States’ shared responsibility to address these urgent threats, and the need to work together on national and local levels to reduce nuclear dangers. 

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A light lunch will be served.

Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.

VISITING THE COUNCIL: Metro and parking info 


Edmund G. Brown Jr. was born in San Francisco on April 7, 1938. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1955 and entered Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit seminary. He later attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1961 before earning a JD at Yale Law School in 1964.
Brown was elected Trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District in 1969, California Secretary of State in 1970, and Governor of California in 1974 and 1978. As Governor, he helped create millions of jobs, strengthened environmental protections, and promoted renewable energy. After his governorship, Brown lectured and traveled widely, practiced law, served as chairman of the state Democratic Party, and ran for president.
In 1998, Brown was elected Mayor of Oakland and helped revitalize its downtown and reduce crime, while also founding two high-performing charter schools. Brown was elected California Attorney General in 2006 and helped protect working families and consumers, pursue mortgage fraud and real estate scams, champion workers’ rights, and crack down on violent crime.
Brown was elected to a third gubernatorial term in 2010 and to a historic fourth term in 2014. Since returning to the Governor’s Office, Brown helped turn a $27 billion budget deficit into a surplus, spearheading successful campaigns to provide billions in new funding for California’s schools (Proposition 30) and establish a robust Rainy Day Fund to prepare for the next economic downturn (Proposition 2). Under Brown, California has cut its unemployment rate in half and added more than 2 million new jobs, while enacting sweeping public safety, immigration, workers’ compensation, health care, water, pension, and economic development reforms. California has also established nation-leading targets to protect the environment and fight climate change, and over the next fifteen years the state will: reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels, generate half of its electricity from renewable sources, double the rate of energy efficiency savings in its buildings, and reduce today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent.  
William J. Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University. He is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hoover Institution, and serves as director of the Preventive Defense Project. He is an expert in US foreign policy, national security and arms control. He was the co-director of CISAC from 1988 to 1993, during which time he was also a part-time professor at Stanford. He was a part-time lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Santa Clara University from 1971 to 1977.
Perry was the 19th Secretary of Defense for the United States, serving from February 1994 to January 1997. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of Defense (1993-1994) and as Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (1977-1981). Dr. Perry currently serves on the Defense Policy Board (DPB). He is on the board of directors of Covant and several emerging high-tech companies. His previous business experience includes serving as a laboratory director for General Telephone and Electronics (1954-1964); founder and president of ESL Inc. (1964-1977); executive vice-president of Hambrecht & Quist Inc. (1981-1985); and founder and chairman of Technology Strategies & Alliances (1985-1993). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
From 1946 to 1947, Perry was an enlisted man in the Army Corps of Engineers, and served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1948 and was a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves from 1950 to 1955. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 and the Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1998. Perry has received a number of other awards including the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1980 and 1981), and Outstanding Civilian Service Medals from the Army (1962 and 1997), the Air Force (1997), the Navy (1997), the Defense Intelligence Agency (1977 and 1997), NASA (1981) and the Coast Guard (1997). He received the American Electronic Association's Medal of Achievement (1980), the Eisenhower Award (1996), the Marshall Award (1997), the Forrestal Medal (1994), and the Henry Stimson Medal (1994). The National Academy of Engineering selected him for the Arthur Bueche Medal in 1996. He has received awards from the enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, and the Air Force. He has received decorations from the governments of Albania, Bahrain, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Poland, Slovenia, and Ukraine. He received a PhD from Pennsylvania State University, and an MS and BS from Stanford University, all in mathematics.