Paul I. Bernstein

Senior Research Fellow, CSWMD


Areas of Expertise: Countering WMD; Nuclear Policy, Deterrence, Missile Defense, Russia and Eurasia

Mr. Paul I. Bernstein is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD Center) in Washington, DC.  He is engaged in policy support, research, and professional military education (PME) activities related to WMD, nuclear policy, deterrence, arms control, and regional security.  His current work focuses on regional conflict and escalation, Russian strategy for coercion and war, cross-domain deterrence, and deterrence in PME.  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 is a frequent speaker at government and academic conferences, a regular guest instructor at senior war colleges and other PME venues, and has developed multiple curricula for nuclear and WMD instruction.  He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance.  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 is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.  He holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.