Robert J. Peters

Senior Research Fellow, CSWMD


Areas of Expertise: Countering WMD; Deterrence; Nuclear Policy; Gaming & Simulation (Facilitation); WMD Elimination

Mr. Robert J. Peters joined the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction in August 2005. Mr. Peters’ research focuses on WMD elimination, managing escalation and deterrence crises, and loose WMD challenges. From March-November 2009, Mr. Peters was detailed to the Office of the Secretary of Defense-Policy as Special Assistant to the DASD for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, where he led the counter-WMD analysis for the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. Prior to joining National Defense University, Mr. Peters worked as a Technical Analyst for the Northrop Grumman Corp., and as a Research Associate for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, focusing on WMD detection capabilities and nonproliferation policy.  Mr. Peters received an MA from Georgetown University in National Security Studies in 2001, and a BA in Political Science and History from Miami University in 1999.  His publications include:  “A New Approach to Eliminating North Korean Weapons of Mass Destruction is Needed;” “Interagency and Intra-Agency Aspects of US Elimination Activities;” and “The WMD Challenges Posed by a Collapse of North Korea.”