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Countering WMD amidst Global Tensions

On September 16, 2016, PASCC will host its semi-annual workshop at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC to present PASCC-sponsored research on strategic stability among major powers as well as on emerging technologies in sensitive regions with implications for WMD proliferation. At this half-day event, PASCC grantees will brief their findings from ongoing and recently completed research projects and international workshops, followed by a Q&A.


Date: Friday, September 16, 2016

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

LocationCarnegie Endowment for International Peace, Root Conference Room 

1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.



Welcome and Introductory Remarks (8:30-8:45)

James Clay MoltzProfessor and Director of PASCC, Naval Postgraduate School

Hunter LutinskiDirector, J2/5/8R, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

James SmithDirector, INSS and Incoming Director, PASCC, U.S. Air Force Academy


Panel 1: Strategic Stability Among the Major Powers (8:45-10:15)

Chair: James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Rebecca Hersman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

European Track II Nuclear Dialogue

Elbridge Colby, Center for a New American Security

Managing Escalation and Limiting War with Nuclear Powers

Larry Brandt, Stanford University

Structuring Cooperative Nuclear Risk Reduction Initiatives with China

Benjamin Rusek, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

U.S.-China Biosafety Dialogue


Break (10:15-10:45)


Panel 2: Mitigating WMD Concerns: Emerging Technologies and Sensitive Regions  (10:45-12:00)

Chair: Tristan Volpe, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Gigi Gronvall, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Improving Security Through International Biosafety Norms

Jeannie Johnson, Utah State University

Scoping Future Nuclear Proliferation Risks: Leveraging Emerging Trends in Socio-Cultural Modeling and Analysis 

Wyn Bowen and Matthew Moran, King's College London

Saudi Arabia's Nuclear Future

Heather Conley, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Baltic States and Poland Track II Deterrence and Strategic Stability Dialogue


Closing Remarks (12:00-12:10)

Michael MalleyExecutive Director of PASCC, Naval Postgraduate School

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The Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) supports research activities that benefit the public through analysis and engagement to reduce and counter the threats posed by WMD/WME. PASCC seeks to:

  • Cultivate national and international research community partnerships across domains
  • Bring scientific, technical, and social science faculty/experts together
  • Look ahead to help understand and anticipate WMD/WME capabilities and threats

We encourage you to take a look at our Research in Progress (RIP) summaries for our new and ongoing projects. These RIP sheets describe the strategic relevance and proposed approach to each project, and are published when a project receives funding; they do not include project findings or conclusions. 


FY16 PASCC Projects   FY15 PASCC Projects   FY14 PASCC Projects



For more information about PASCC, please check out our About PASCC page or download our latest Annual Report.

If you would like to be added to our contact list regarding the BAA and other PASCC announcements, or have questions about PASCC, please email us at pascc@nps.edu.

PASCC is sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Joint Directorate of Strategy, Plans and Resources.