Stephen M. Younger will present the talk, “A Long-Term View of Nuclear Arms Control” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security.
Younger is a leading weapons-complex manager, author and former Associate Director for Nuclear Weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The public is invited to attend Younger’s talk, which will be held in the Lounge at the Education Building of the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
Every president since Truman has proposed the elimination of nuclear weapons. Significant reductions in the nuclear stockpile have occurred since the end of the Cold War, but there are still thousands of weapons in the United States, Russia and other countries. More troubling, the threat of proliferation continues to cloud the future.
What role do nuclear weapons play in the 21st century? How many do we need, if any? What are the prospects for future arms control treaties and what are the challenges associated with their verification? How does proliferation complicate future reductions, or make them more compelling?
These and other topics will be examined in a broad discussion of the challenges and opportunities associated with future arms control.
Younger is a Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. During his career, he has served as president of National Security Technologies, LLC, the manager and operator of the Nevada National Security Site, director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in the Department of Defense, and associate director for Nuclear Weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is the author of three books on national security policy and anthropology and numerous papers on topics in the physical and social sciences. He lives in Los Alamos.