Justin
Anderson

Senior Policy Fellow, National Defense University, Center for the Study of WMD

Justin became interested in nuclear issues after living in South Asia for three years as a child and because his dad wrote a book on nuclear power. After graduating from Occidental College, he had the good fortune to receive a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship, where he worked for what was then called the Nonproliferation Program. The program introduced Justin to Washington, the nuclear policy field, and his wife (“I hit the lottery!”). After two years working at SAIC on arms control implementation and compliance, he won a Marshall Scholarship, leading to an MA and PhD in war studies at King’s College London. After he returned stateside, Justin served as the first editor of the Department of Defense’s Law of War Manual and worked on arms control issues for the Air Force before becoming a fellow at National Defense University’s Center for the Study of WMD. He’s a proud dad of two boys and lives in Alexandria, VA.

I am most excited to work on projects that… can bring together a group representing different disciplines and backgrounds to creatively collaborate on ways to better understand and reduce nuclear risk.

I am looking for partners who can help me… think about creative ways to tackle what can seem like an intractable problem, while also remaining grounded in recognizing the challenges associated with implementation. 

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… presenting a concept with a colleague on how to simultaneously address nuclear deterrence requirements and reduce numbers of deployed nuclear warheads—an idea we dubbed “deter and downsize.” We presented to Air Force and State Department audiences, and, through CSIS’s Project on Nuclear Issues, to the latter’s annual capstone conference at USSTRATCOM.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… focus on improving communications between nuclear powers, with “communications” broadly encompassing multiple fields—and including efforts to counter misinformation and disinformation.

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