June 19, 2013 - CISAC Op-ed
William J. Perry's personal journey at the nuclear brink
Appeared in European Leadership Network, June 17, 2013
CISAC Faculty Member and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry tells the story of how he became a nuclear weapons abolitionist. He recounts six personal experiences that led him to turn away from his lifelong career of developing and managing nuclear weapons, and pursue the goal of eliminating them.
At 18 and stationed in Japan, he came face-to-face with the destruction of World War II. He was stunned when he realized that one nuclear bomb on Hiroshima did the same amount of damage as six months of warfare on Okinawa. This was the first in a series of personal experiences at the nuclear brink.