WMD Education Advocacy

With its deep bench of WMD experts, ability to conduct policy-relevant research and advising,  the WMD Center not only offers first-class education to the deterrence and countering WMD communities, but advocates for the integration of WMD lessons into Professional Military Education for all Department leaders and the specific education of WMD related specialists. The goal of which it to grow “WMD Fluency” in the Department of Defense.

Noting the pressing need to meet the demands of rapidly evolving requirements that are designed to achieve “intellectual overmatch,” and cognizant of the ongoing public debate about improving the “rigor” of JPME educational offerings, the WMD Center uses its unique role as the Chairman’s Focal Point for WMD Education to host   a much needed venue to discuss and share best practices in WMD education, The WMD Center has re-envisioned, rebranded and relaunched what was formerly a cosponsored education consortium as the WMD Educator Forum, with a first meeting on 14-15 April 2021.  

Recent Events & Publications


| Aug. 3, 2021

Spotlight Webinar: Red Teaming the Post-COVID-19 Biological Weapon Threat Landscape

Featuring Gary Ackerman and Ted Plasse

Join us on August 26 for a CSWMD Spotlight Webinar on “Red Teaming the Post-COVID-19 Biological Weapons Threat Landscape” with Gary Ackerman and Ted Plasse.



| July 22, 2021

Spotlight Webinar: Negotiating Next Steps on Arms Control with Putin’s Russia

Featuring Michael Albertson, Deputy Director, Center for Global Security Research (CGSR)

On 29 July, CSWMD hosted a Spotlight Webinar discussion on Negotiating Next Steps on Arms Control with Putin’s Russia with Deputy Director, Center for Global Security Research (CGSR), Michael Albertson.


SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich.-- Tech Sgt. William Kaufmann, from the 127th Civil Engineer Squadron's Emergency Management office, conducts training in chemical, biological, radiological, & nuclear safeguarding measures, here on June 9, 2021.

This hands-on training allows members to maintain readiness by learning ways to safely operate in contaminated environments. The ability to conduct war-fighting operations in threatening conditions gives Airmen a competitive edge in the fight. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Drew Schumann)

Real Clear Defense | June 28, 2021

Toward Nuclear and WMD Fluency in Professional Military Education

Amy J. Nelson & Paul I. Berstein

As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s designated focal point for WMD education in Joint Professional Military Education, CSWMD convened its first WMD Educators Forum in April 2021 to provide a venue for dialogue and serve as an accelerator for teaching methods and learning outcomes for WMD across the DoD.  This article is one of the first products of this effort.  I encourage you to read what Mr. Paul Bernstein and Dr. Amy Nelson have written on the Chairman’s latest PME guidance and the implications for developing curricula.  The article draws on recent experience in creating benchmarks for education on nuclear capabilities and concepts, and suggests how this can be done for other critical aspects of the WMD challenge.



| May 6, 2021

Spotlight Webinar: The Future of WMD

Featuring John P. Caves, Jr. and W. Seth Carus

Join us on May 20 for a CSWMD Spotlight Webinar discussion on the future of WMD with John Caves and Seth Carus.



Joint Force Development | April 7, 2021

Nuclear Posture Review Implementing Guidance Task 20 (Professional Military Education)

Joint Staff J-7

Task #20 of the implementing guidance for the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) directs the Chairman