Paul I. Bernstein

Distinguished Fellow

Areas of Expertise: Countering WMD; Nuclear Policy, Deterrence, Missile Defense, Regional Security, Professional Military Education

Paul I. Bernstein is a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University in Washington, DC, and a member of the university’s Research Faculty.  He leads the Center’s practice in strategic security analysis, and is engaged in a range of policy support, research, and professional military education activities related to WMD, nuclear policy, deterrence, threat reduction, and regional security.  He works in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Services, combatant commands and defense agencies. Mr. Bernstein has been an adviser to the Defense Science Board and the DoD Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and is a contributing author of the Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. He is a regular guest instructor in the CAPSTONE program, at senior war colleges, and at other professional military education venues. He has developed multiple curricula for nuclear and WMD instruction, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance.  He is author most recently of “Russia’s Hypersonic Weapons,” “Power Under Parity,” “Innovation as a Form of Strategic Competition,” “Contemporary Deterrence Challenges,” and “Exploring the Requirements of Integrated Strategic Deterrence.” 


Phone: 202-433-4912