The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy

February 26, 2018 - 12:00 pm

1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC


The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy

Welcome remarks by:

Franklin C. Miller
The Scowcroft Group
Board Director 
Atlantic Council

A conversation with:
Matthew Kroenig
Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

ADM Cecil D. Haney, USN (Ret.)
Former Commander 
United States Strategic Command
Rebecca Hersman
Director, Project on Nuclear Issues, and Senior Adviser, International Security Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies
James N. Miller
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,
John F. Kennedy School of Government
 Harvard University
Moderated by:
Thom Shanker
Assistant Washington Editor
The New York Times

Earlier this month, the Pentagon released its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which described an increasingly challenging international security environment and a need for the United States to strengthen its nuclear posture to deter strategic attacks on itself and its allies. This conversation will explore the US nuclear posture; assess the costs and benefits of changes to US nuclear policy under the Trump Administration; and analyze how America’s nuclear weapons contribute to its broader national security goals. The event will also feature the launch of Dr. Kroenig’s new book titled “The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy.”

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

The discussion will be held February 26, 2018 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the Atlantic Council. The event is open to press and on the record. 

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Matthew Kroenig is a senior fellow in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, and an associate professor in the Department of Government at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dr. Kroenig is the author or editor of six books, including The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy. He was a senior national security adviser on the 2016 Marco Rubio presidential campaign and a foreign policy adviser on the 2012 Mitt Romney campaign. He has served in several positions in the US Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency, and regularly consults with a wide range of US government entities. In 2005, he was the principal author of the first-ever US government-wide strategy for deterring terrorist networks. He has previously worked as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard University, and Stanford University. Dr. Kroenig holds an MA and PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Rebecca Hersman is director of the Project on Nuclear Issues and senior adviser for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Ms. Hersman joined CSIS in April 2015 from the Department of Defense, where she served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for countering weapons of mass destruction. In this capacity, she led DOD policy and strategy to prevent WMD proliferation and use, reduce and eliminate WMD risks, and respond to WMD dangers. Ms. Hersman was a key leader on issues ranging from the nuclear security summit, the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons, to the global health security agenda. Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Ms. Hersman was a senior research fellow with the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at the National Defense University from 1998 to 2009. Ms. Hersman also founded and directed the WMD Center’s Program for Emerging Leaders, an initiative designed to shape and support the next generation of leaders from across the US government with interest in countering weapons of mass destruction. Ms. Hersman previously held positions as an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a special assistant to the undersecretary of defense for policy, and a member of the House Armed Services Committee professional staff. She holds an MA in Arab studies from Georgetown University and a BA from Duke University.

Admiral Cecil D. Haney, USN (Ret.) served as Commander United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of nine Unified Commands under the Department of Defense. Before taking command at USSTRATCOM, he served as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. responsible for the operations and readiness of the US Navy fleet located in the Pacific and Indian oceans and as the Deputy Commander of USSTRATCOM. His career as a submariner included a variety of operational and command assignments at sea and ashore. He also served as a member of the Congressionally-mandated Military Leadership Diversity Commission that produced a detailed report in 2011 and recommendations for improvement. Among many other decorations, Admiral Haney received the Navy Distinguished Service medal, the Defense Superior Service medal, the Legion of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. He was the 1998 Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award recipient while in command of the fast attack submarine USS Honolulu.  He received Masters’ degrees in National Security Strategy from National Defense University and in Engineering Acoustics and in System Technology from the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a 1978 graduate of the US Naval Academy. In retirement, Admiral Haney serves on the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Board of Managers, the Center for a New American Security Board of Directors, and as a co-chair for the China-US Dialogue on Strategic Nuclear Dynamics for the Pacific Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Franklin C. Miller, a principal of The Scowcroft Group, Franklin C. Miller provides clients both strategic and tactical advice on defense, national security, foreign affairs, and intelligence policy. He is an internationally recognized expert on nonproliferation, defense, nuclear energy and policy issues, and export control. Mr. Miller served for thirty-one years in the US government, including twenty-two years in the Department of Defense—serving under seven secretaries in a series of progressively senior positions—and four years as a special assistant to President George W. Bush and as senior director for defense policy and arms control on the National Security Council staff. Following his retirement from government in 2005, Mr. Miller joined The Cohen Group for five years, first as a vice president and later as a senior counselor. For his government service, Mr. Miller received the Defense Department's highest civilian award, the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, five times, and has received similar high-level awards from the Department of State, the Department of the Navy, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. In addition, Mr. Miller has been awarded the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit (Grand Officer) and the French Legion of Honor (Officer). In December 2006 he was awarded an honorary knighthood—a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)—by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his many contributions to US-UK relations during his decades of government service. Mr. Miller currently serves on the Defense Policy Board, the US-European Command Advisory Board, and the US Strategic Command Advisory Group. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a director of the Atlantic Council. He serves on the board of directors of EADS North America and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. Mr. Miller received his BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from Williams College in 1972. He received an MPA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in 1977.

James N. Miller is a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he leads a project on preventing war among great powers. Prior to his appointment at the Center in October 2014, he worked as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, advising Secretaries Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel on strategy, policy, and operations, and serving as the department’s deputy for National Security Council policy-making and crisis management. Dr. Miller served previously as principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy under Secretary Robert Gates, guiding reviews of nuclear policy and missile defense, and leading national defense strategies for space and cyberspace. He was awarded the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, four times. Dr. Miller served previously in government as deputy assistant secretary of defense and as senior staff for the House Armed Services Committee. He also served as senior vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, senior vice president at Hicks and Associates, Inc., and assistant professor at Duke University. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Dr. Miller is president of Adaptive Strategies, LLC. He serves on the Defense Science Board, the Atlantic Council’s Board of Directors, and the Board of Advisors for the Center for a New American Security.

Thom Shanker is the assistant Washington editor of The New York Times, served for thirteen years as the newspaper’s Pentagon and military correspondent, with numerous embeds with American and coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is co-author of “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda,” a New York Times Best Seller. Prior to joining The Times in 1997, he was foreign editor of The Chicago Tribune. Mr. Shanker was The Tribune's senior European correspondent, based in Berlin, from 1992-1995. Most of that time was spent covering the wars in former Yugoslavia, where Mr. Shanker was the first reporter to uncover and write about the Serb campaign of systematic mass rape of Muslim women. He was The Tribune's Moscow bureau chief from 1985-1988 and from 1990-1992, covering the first years of the Gorbachev era, issues of superpower arms control, the death of the USSR and the collapse of the communist empire in Eastern Europe.