Sept. 25, 2016

Why the U.S.-Israel Military Aid Package Matters

After months of tense and drawn-out negotiations, on September 14 the United States and Israel signed the largest U.S. military aid package given to any country, amounting to $3.8 billion annually. The new aid package reaffirms the United States’ unwavering commitment to the security of Israel. But the culmination of the aid deal, set to come into

Sept. 1, 2016

Law of War Considerations In Fielding Nuclear Forces

The status of nuclear weapons within international law was a subject of intense debate during last fall’s UN General Assembly First Committee session. State supporters of the humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons pressed for resolutions asserting the illegality of nuclear weapons and sought to build support for the near-term negotiation of a

July 19, 2016

WMD Center Presents at the Timbie Forum

The James Timbie Forum on Arms Control and Nonproliferation (#timbieforum) is an annual conference organized by the State Department that seeks to both engage the Washington DC policy community on these issues and encourage students and young professionals to consider careers in related fields. Formerly known as “Generation Prague,” the name of the

July 18, 2016

The Soviet Biological Weapons Program and Its Legacy in Today’s Russia

In its first Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Case Study, the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD) at the National Defense University examined President Richard M. Nixon’s decision, on November 25, 1969, to terminate the U.S. offensive biological weapons program.1  This occasional paper seeks to explain why the Soviet

July 7, 2016

Maintaining Strategic Stability in a Changing Security Environment

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

May 17, 2016

PEL Summer Immersion

Date: June 6-10, 2016 The Summer Immersion for the Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) will be held at NDU, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC. This event is by invitation only.

May 11, 2016

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Challenges for the Next Administration

On 11-12 May, 2016 the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD) held its annual symposium, titled Weapons of Mass Destruction: Challenges for the Next Administration. Approximately 300 attendees were in attendance as WMD expert panels presented their views on key WMD challenges facing the next U.S. administration. The two day

May 11, 2016

Limited and Lawful Hammers

The article by Gro Nystuen and Kjolv Egeland in Arms Control Today titled, “A ‘Legal Gap’? Nuclear Weapons Under International Law” begins by citing language from the “Conclusion” of the Final Document of the 2010 NPT RevCon, noting it “referred for the first time in [Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)] history to the ‘catastrophic humanitarian

April 19, 2016

The Emerging Global Security Environment

What trends will define the global security environment through the second decade of the 21st century? A fair question, to be sure, but not one that the United States grapples with very easily. As a democratic society, America’s time horizons tend to be short. Washington’s natural proclivity is to connect judgments about trends and policy choices

April 7, 2016

Crisis in the Levant: The Problem of Continued Use of Chemical Weapons

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016 Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Despite the successful destruction of Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpile in 2014, the continued use of toxic chemicals as weapons of war in Syria and Iraq underscores the threat of persistent small-scale chemical warfare still facing the international community.