Upcoming NPEC/Hudson Institute panel on the Wohlstetters’ writings and U.S. national security strategy’s future

The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and Hudson Institute present a special panel, Albert & Roberta Wohlstetter’s Writings and the Future of U.S. National Security Strategy.


Monday, February 23, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.


Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center, Hudson Institute, 1015 15th Street, N.W. 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20005 (click here for map).


What role, if any, might nuclear weapons play in bolstering existing and future U.S. security alliances? Is the current set of U.S. nuclear policies more likely to compound rather then further restrain the spread of nuclear weapons technologies? Is it useful–or even still possible–for the United States to develop a comprehensive national security strategy to meet the various dangers that it faces in the 21st century? How should the United States prepare against future nuclear crises?

Albert Wohlstetter (1913-1997) and Roberta Morgan Wohlstetter (1912-2007) were two of America’s most innovative and influential thinkers of strategy in the nuclear age. Their works, perhaps more than those of any other Cold War strategic analyst, helped to shape the strategic policy decisions of both Democratic and Republican both during and after the Cold War.

Join us as Andrew Marshall (Director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment), Henry S. Rowen (2005 WMD Commissioner & former JFK/LBJ Defense official), Richard Perle (AEI resident fellow & former Reagan Pentagon official), and Stephen J. Lukasik (former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency director) assess the continuing relevance of the Wohlstetters’ strategic insights. Each panelist contributed commentaries to Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter (2009), a new book edited by NPEC research fellow Robert Zarate and NPEC executive director Henry Sokolski (2008 WMD Commissioner) that contains timely and enduring Wohlstetter works. Free copies of this volume will be made available at the event.

To RSVP, kindly e-mail your name and affiliation to events@hudson.org.

To download a free PDF version of Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter, visit www.AlbertWohlstetter.com/book. For more on the Wohlstetters, visit www.AlbertWohlstetter.com.

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