Op-EdOct 13, 2021
Massa on the Biden administration’s Nuclear Posture Review in the National Interest
By Atlantic Council
Forward Defense assistant director Mark J. Massa published an article in the National Interest arguing that the Biden administration should remain committed to current plans to modernize the United States' nuclear forces.
In the NewsJul 16, 2021
Starling, Massa, and Siegel present at the State of the Space Industrial Base Workshop on the future of space security
By Atlantic Council
Co-authors of Forward Defense's recently released Atlantic Council Strategy Paper on "The Future of Security in Space: A Thirty-Year US Strategy" present at the 2021 State of the Space Industrial Base Workshop.
Issue BriefJun 16, 2021
Are dual-capable weapon systems destabilizing? Questioning nuclear-conventional entanglement and inadvertent escalation
By Matthew Kroenig, Mark J. Massa
Some fear that nuclear-conventional entanglement--the use of the same weapons or sensors for nuclear and conventional weapons--could lead to nuclear war. Are they right? This issue brief argues that fears of entanglement leading to nuclear war are misplaced and rest on poor logical and empirical foundations.
Mark J. Massa is an assistant director in the Forward Defense practice of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. Massa has contributed to Forward Defense programs and research on nuclear security and arms control, space security, and the Future of DHS Project. Having supported the launch of Forward Defense as the Scowcroft Center’s newest practice area, he continues to carry out program administration in strategy, budgeting, business development, and event planning. His writing and commentary have appeared in the Hill, Defense News, RealClearDefense, and CNBC.
Massa earned his master of arts from Georgetown University’s security studies program. He received a bachelor of science in foreign service magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. He was awarded honors in his major for a senior thesis on a theory of nuclear ballistic missile submarine strategy. He was elected to several honors societies, including Phi Beta Kappa (national), Pi Sigma Alpha (political science), and Pi Delta Phi (French).