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Apr 10

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: Questions and Challenges

On March 30, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a report that is already described as having resolved all of the technical issues surrounding the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Descriptions of the NAS study by Treaty advocates are certain to be overstatements.

However, technical issues pertaining to CTBT continue to divide the technical and engineering community. Such disagreements caused the Strategic Posture Commission to report in 2009 that it could not reach a consensus position regarding U.S. ratification of the CTBT – the only significant issue commissioners disagreed on. None the less, the Obama Administration has made the CTBT a cornerstone of its efforts on the road to nuclear zero, a world without nuclear weapons. Join us as our distinguished panelists discuss the Treaty’s implications as well as the NAS report.

More About the Speakers

John Foster
Former Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the Department of Defense and Former Director of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

Thomas Scheber
Vice President, National Institute for Public Policy and former Director of Strategic Strike Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense

Ambassador C. Paul Robinson (Invited)
Former President of the Sandia Corporation, Former Director of the Sandia National Laboratories

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Peter Brookes Peter Brookes

Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs Read More