Through the first Obama administration, Brad Roberts served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile Defense Policy and in that capacity was responsible for helping to lead the administration's Nuclear Policy Review and Ballistic Missile Defense Review. In follow up he was the administration's point person for implementation of these reviews. His fellowship at CISAC will focus on adapting U.S. nuclear deterrence policies and posture to the 21st century security environment.
Prior to 2009, Brad spent his career in the policy analytic community, with long tenures at the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He also served for 7 years as editor of the Washington Quarterly. He has published widely on issues of international nuclear order, new challenges to deterrence, U.S. nuclear policy, WMD terrorism, and Asian security. His publications have appeared in, for example, Foreign Affairs, International Security, and Survival. In spring 2013 Roberts was a visiting fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies of Japan.
He is a Stanford alumnus, having graduated in the original class in the international relations program in 1976. He has a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a doctorate from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.