Congressional Briefing - August 11, 2008

The Challenge of Nuclear-Armed Regional Adversaries

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David Ochmanek


Monday, August 11, 2008


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


2212 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

About the Program

The potential for a new round of nuclear proliferation means that defense planners in the United States and elsewhere must begin now to confront the new security challenges posed by nuclear-armed regional adversaries. While our conventional and nuclear forces will continue to have deterrent effects on the leaders of regional adversary states, the dynamics of the deterrent relationship between the United States and nuclear-armed regional adversaries will be significantly different than those experienced during the Cold War.

RAND Senior Defense Analyst, David Ochmanek's The Challenge of Nuclear-Armed Regional Adversaries:

  • Examines how these states might behave in peacetime, crisis, and conflict situations
  • Assesses the implications for U.S. security and defense planning, including the need for more and better capabilities to prevent regional adversaries from using nuclear weapons.

About the Speaker

David Ochmanek

David Ochmanek is a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation and director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program of RAND’s Project AIR FORCE. While at RAND, he has focused on analyses of the capabilities of U.S. military forces (especially air forces), arms control, defense planning, regional security, and national security strategy. His RAND publications include A New Division of Labor: Meeting America’s Security Challenges Beyond Iraq, Military Operations Against Terrorist Groups Abroad: Implications for the United States Air Force, and NATO's Future: Implications for U.S. Military Capabilities and Posture. Between 1993 and 1995 David served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. David is a graduate of United States Air Force Academy and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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