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Now in its 13th year, the JHU/APL Rethinking Seminar Series is once again offering informative talks on national security and defense issues given by distinguished speakers who are experts in various fields of national or international affairs. These seminars are held approximately one evening a month near the Pentagon.  Free and open to the public, the Rethinking Seminars provide in-depth, professional views on important topics. Each event will also be recorded and made available on this website in various formats.  The 2016-2017 Rethinking Seminar Series will focus on Rethinking Global Security Imperatives in a Time of Transition.

Besides streaming videos, this website also archives audio versions of each event, plus podcasts, bulletized notes taken during the talks, and any presentation files the speakers provide. Files from the 2016-2017 Series are offered in the Video Archives while those from past series are listed on both the Past Series and Speakers pages. Videos from recent years’ series are also available on the JHU/APL Seminars YouTube Playlist – Rethinking Seminar Series.

Tuesday, April 4th  
Marriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City (6:00 – 8:00 PM)

Dr. James N. Miller

President, Adaptive Strategies, LLC
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Rethinking the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

Dr. James N. Miller is President of Adaptive Strategies, LLC, which provides consulting on strategy development and implementation, international engagement, and technology issues. Jim is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs. He serves on the Defense Science Board, the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council, and the Board of Advisors for the Center for a New American Security. As Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from May 2012 to January 2014, he served as the principal civilian advisor to Secretaries Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel on strategy, policy, and operations, and as DoD’s Deputy for National Security Council deliberations. Jim also served as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from April 2009 to May 2012, and previously in numerous leadership positions in government, academia, non-profits, and the private sector over a thirty-year career in national security. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.

For the Rethinking Seminar Dr. Miller will discuss the U.S. nuclear arsenal, its history, and plans to modernize it.  He will discuss the following topics:

  • Counter force vs. counter value policies;

  • The nuclear TRIAD and how and why we have what we have;

  • Treaties with the Russian Federation and their implications;

  • Future issues with the current arsenal;

  • Modernization options that were examined; and

  • Why the U.S. has chosen its current modernization plan.


Previous Seminar

Mr. Peter Wilson

February 6, 2017
Subversive and Disruptive Challenges to U.S. Alliances and Partnerships

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Future Seminars

Mr. Philip Stephens
May 9, 2017
Rethinking Challenges to the Current Global System

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