Justin Anderson

Senior Fellow

Areas of Expertise:  Nuclear arms control and nonproliferation; deterrence, extended deterrence, and assurance; law of war, treaty law, and confidence-building measures

Dr. Justin Anderson is a Senior Policy Fellow at National Defense University's Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction. His research focuses on deterrence (nuclear and non-nuclear), nuclear forces, and future nuclear arms control agreements and confidence-building measures (CBMs). Prior to joining the Center, he was a Senior Policy analyst at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), providing research and analysis on arms control, nonproliferation, counter-WMD, and deterrence issues to the United States Air Force (USAF), USSTRATCOM, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the OSD Office of Treaty Compliance. From 2009-10, in support of OSD Office of the General Counsel/International Affairs, he served as Editor of the Department of Defense Law of War Manual.

Dr Anderson, together with his co-author Lt Col James R. McCue, USAF, received the USSTRATCOM 2022 General Larry T. Welch Deterrence Writing Award (Senior Division) for their Spring 2021 Strategic Studies Quarterly article “Deterring, Countering, and Defeating Conventional-Nuclear Integration.” He was also the lead analyst for an SAIC research team that received the 2011 Major General Robert E. Linhard for Outstanding Research from the Air Force Institute of National Security Studies for their paper Qualitative Considerations of Nuclear Forces at Lower Numbers and Implications for Future Arms Control Negotiations.

Dr. Anderson has taught at George Mason University, the Joint Services Command and Staff College (U.K.), King’s College London, and Brookes University. He was a 2003 Marshall Scholar and a 2000 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellow. He has a PhD and MA in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.



  • Justin Anderson and Amanda Moodie, “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” In Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. Ed. Patrick James. New York: Oxford University Press, 29 November 2017. 

  • ·     Justin Anderson, Thomas Devine, and Rebecca Gibbons, “Nonproliferation and Counterproliferation,” Oxford Bibliographies, March 2014.

  • ·     Justin Anderson, “Nonviolent Solutions to U.S. National Security Challenges: American Peace Church Advocates Address American Foreign Policy and the ‘War on Terror,’” 382-391 in Stefan Heuser and Hans G. Ulrich, eds., Political Practices and International Order, Lit Verlag, 2007.