Bruce Blair

Bruce G. Blair is the president of the World Security Institute, a nonprofit organization that he founded to promote independent research and journalism on global affairs. He is the Co-Founder of Global Zero, an international movement seeking the universal elimination of nuclear weapons, and is an executive producer of Countdown to Zero, a feature film about nuclear danger. Blair is an expert on nuclear weapons who has frequently testified before Congress. He has taught security studies as a visiting professor at Yale and Princeton universities. In 1999, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship Prize for his work and leadership on de-alerting nuclear forces. Blair was a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution from 1987 to 2000. In previous positions, he served as a project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and as a Minuteman launch control officer. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Yale University.

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China’s Rapid Space Ascent

A recent revelatory study by my colleagues Eric Hagt and Matthew Durnin to be published in the Journal of Strategic Studies (October 2011 Vol. 34) describes China’s rapid expansion of its space satellite network from humble beginnings only one decade ago. It’s constellation of reconnaissance, data-relay, navigation and communications …

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Nuke Modernization – Wrong Priority

Why should we (and Secretary of Defense Gates in particular) be talking about modernizing all elements of the U.S. strategic triad of nuclear-armed submarines, land-based rockets, and bombers if we (President Obama in particular) have a decent chance of negotiating the total elimination — Global Zero — of all of the world’s nuclear …

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Trapped in ‘Residual Nuclear Deterrence’


Has anyone else been wondering why our vast nuclear forces are largely escaping unscathed from the budgetary axe falling on other defense programs? The justification, as put to me this week by a top Pentagon official, is that we still need to maintain ‘residual deterrence’ in …