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Overkill: The Case for Reevaluating U.S. Nuclear Strategy

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1512

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents:

"Overkill: The Case for Reevaluating U.S. Nuclear Strategy"

Christopher Preble and Benjamin Friedman CATO Institute

Moderated by Dr. Richard Betts Director, SIWPS

Abstract: The United States has far more nuclear weapons and delivery systems than deterrence requires. The triad of intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and bomber aircraft reflects bureaucratic Cold War planning, not strategic vision. Can the United States achieve an effective nuclear program which makes us safer, while adapting to the need for a smaller defense budget? Join us as Christopher Preble, the Vice President of Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and Ben Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies at the Cato Institute, discuss U.S. nuclear strategy, and the need to bring it into the 21st century. Bios: Christopher A. Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of three books. In addition to his books, Preble has published over 150 articles in major publications including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, National Review, The National Interest, the Harvard International Review, and Foreign Policy. He is a frequent guest on television and radio. Before joining Cato in February 2003, he taught history at St. Cloud State University and Temple University. Preble was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, and served onboard USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) from 1990 to 1993. Preble holds a Ph.D. in history from Temple University. Benjamin H. Friedman is a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies. His areas of expertise include counter-terrorism, homeland security and defense politics. He is the author of dozens of op-eds and journal articles and co-editor of two books, including Terrorizing Ourselves: Why U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It, published in 2010. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and an affiliate of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.