Mr. Paul I. Bernstein


Paul I. Bernstein is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at National Defense University in Washington, DC, and a member of the university’s Research Faculty.  He is engaged in a range of policy support, research, and professional military education activities related to WMD, nuclear policy, deterrence, arms control, and regional security. 

Prior to joining NDU, Mr. Bernstein was Vice President and Senior Program Manager with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in McLean, VA, where he managed government-sponsored research programs and led strategic analysis projects.  Mr. Bernstein has been an adviser to the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) and currently advises the Defense Science Board Task Force on Deterring, Preventing, and Responding to the Threat or Use of WMD.  He has contributed to the development of key countering WMD strategy and concept documents. 

He is a regular guest instructor at senior war colleges and other professional military education venues, and has developed multiple curricula for nuclear and WMD instruction.  He is author most recently of two chapters in the edited volume “On Limited Nuclear War in the 21stCentury” (2014) and the following WMD Center publications:  “The Proliferation Risks of Civil Nuclear Power Programs,”  “The Origins of Nunn-Lugar and Cooperative Threat Reduction,”  “Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction: Looking Back, Looking Ahead,” “International Partnerships to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction,” and “The Future Nuclear Landscape.”  Mr. Bernstein is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. 

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.