John P. Caves, Jr.

Deputy Director, CSWMD

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Areas of Expertise: Countering WMD; Biological & Chemical Defense; Deterrence, Nuclear Policy, Missile Defense

Mr. John P. Caves, Jr. is the Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction and a Distinguished Research Fellow at National Defense University.  He joined the Center in 2003.  Nuclear and chemical weapons threats have been the primary focus of his work.

Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Caves served as the Deputy Director for Counterproliferation Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).  From 1997 to 1999, he was the Country Director for Turkey, Spain, and Cyprus in the Office of European Policy, OSD.  From 1993 to 1997, he served as Deputy Director for Plans, Defense Security Assistance Agency (DSAA).  He held a variety of other positions within DSAA from 1986 to 1993, including Chief, Program Analysis Division; and Country Manager, Europe Division.  In 1985, he addressed nuclear weapons policy issues in the Office of the Defense Adviser, U.S. Mission to NATO.

Mr. Caves twice has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.  He also received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and the OSD Special Act Award.

Mr. Caves received his Master of Public Affairs degree in International Relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1986).  He also holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College (2000) and Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College (1982), where he majored in Political Science. 

Publications:

  • The Future of Weapons of Mass Destruction:  Their Nature and Role in 2030, (co-authored with W. Seth Carus), Occasional Paper 10, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, June 2014)
  • “Attempting to Deny Nuclear Weapons to North Korea and Iran:  A Frustrating Lack of Leverage,” IFANS Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 141-162 (Seoul: Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, December 2010).
  • Future Foreign Perceptions of Chemical Weapons Utility,” Proceedings, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, October 2010) 
  • Countering WMD in the 2010 QDR”, Proceedings, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, March 2010) 
  • Avoiding a Crisis of Confidence in the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent”, Strategic Forum 252, Institute for National Strategic Studies (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, January 2010) 
  • Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction:  Looking Back, Looking Ahead (co-authored with Paul I. Bernstein and W. Seth Carus), Occasional Paper 7, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, October 2009) 
  • “Problems of WMD Proliferation” (co-authored with W. Seth Carus), in America’s Security Role in a Changing World, Ed. Patrick M. Cronin, pp. 162-166, (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, September 2009)
  • Are We Prepared? Four WMD Crises that Could Transform U.S. Security (co-authored with Rebecca K.C. Hersman, W. Seth Carus, and John F. Reichart), Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction) (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, June 2009) 
  • Globalization and WMD Proliferation Networks:  The Policy Landscape,” in Globalization and WMD Proliferation: Terrorism, Transnational Networks and International Security, Ed. James A. Russell and James J. Wirtz (New York: Routledge, 2008), a version of which also appeared in Strategic Insights, Vol. V, Issue 6, Center for Contemporary Conflict, Naval Postgraduate School  (Monterey, CA:  Center for Contemporary Conflict, July 2006) 
  •  “Russia’s Cold War Perspective on Missile Defense in Europe,” (co-authored with M. Elaine Bunn), (Paris, France: Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, May 2007) 
  • The Future Nuclear Landscape (co-authored with Paul I. Bernstein and John F. Reichart), Occasional Paper 5, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, April 2007), an adaptation of which also appears in Joint Force Quarterly, Issue 46, 3rd Quarter, 2007.