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Nuclear Posture Review

The U.S. Nuclear Posture: Challenges and Issues in Maintaining a Safe and Effective Nuclear Deterrent to Ensure Peace and Strategic Stability

September 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The United States faces an extraordinarily complex and dangerous global security environment, in which the central challenge to our prosperity and security is the reemergence of long-term strategic competition with China and Russia, which seek to overturn the long-standing rules-based international order and change territorial borders.  The recent Nuclear Posture Review is the first to tailor the deterrence posture to the specific threats we see and need to be addressed.

This lecture will address our current global threat environment, how the NPR addresses it and the challenges it is confronted with. Among the biggest issues is the budget that is necessary for meeting the requirements established by the NPR and which will be determined by the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

Questions are welcome.

Speaker: Guy Roberts

The Honorable Guy Roberts is a National Security and Non-proliferation senior consultant. Until May 2019, he was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, and the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on matters concerning nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs.

Prior to that he was a National Security Consultant and an Adjunct Professor at Mary Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University, teaching courses on arms control, non-proliferation, counter terrorism and international law. During his long career as a national security expert, he held government positions such as Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy, Director at the Nuclear Policy Planning Directorate for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Principal Director for Negotiations Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Additionally, he served as the legal counsel for arms control and non-proliferation in the US Department of the Navy from 2000-2003. Mr. Roberts also had a distinguished 25-year career in the US Marine Corps before retiring with the rank of Colonel, holding a wide range of assignments in policy formulation, operations and operations support, negotiations, management, litigation and serving as a policy/legal advisor both in the US and during overseas assignments.

Mr. Roberts received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver. He also holds masters’ degrees in international and comparative law from Georgetown University, in international relations from the University of Southern California, and in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

As a treat to our guests, Mr. Roberts will distribute a good number of copies of the booklet: “100 questions and answers regarding our nuclear deterrent!









5:00 PM:  Registration opens

5:45 PM: Registration closes & Program begins

6:30 – 7:00 PM: Q&A


The Grand Ballroom at the Jefferson Hotel.

Note: This room is best accessible from the back entrance of the Hotel – the Main Street entrance, which is also where the hotel self-parking lot is located. The Grand Ballroom is just up the stairs if you come from the that side. An elevator is available as well.


Parking options at the Jefferson Hotel include street-side parking, valet parking, or self-parking at the Jefferson’s Main Lot, where a discounted rate of $4 is available. Find parking instructions for the Main Lot here.


Registration is closed. A limited number of tickets may become available at the door.




Date: September 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Venue Name: The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom
Address: 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States


Organizer Name: Richmond World Affairs Council