Brad Roberts is an advisor to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy based in Washington, D.C. From April 2009 to March 2013 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy. In this role, he served as policy director of the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review and Ballistic Missile Defense Review and had leading responsibility for their implementation. In this role, one of his key responsibilities was to promote cooperation on nuclear deterrence with U.S. allies. From May to July 2013, Dr. Roberts was a visiting fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo. From September 2013 through December 2014 he was a consulting professor and William Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Dr. Roberts was a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses and adjunct professor at George Washington University. He has published widely on issues on nuclear deterrence, strategic stability, Asian security, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. defense policy. His most recent publications are Extended Deterrence and Strategic Stability in Northeast Asia (Tokyo : National Institute for Defense Studies, 2013) and On the Strategic Value of Ballistic Missile Defense (Paris, Institut Français des Relations Internationale, 2014). Now in production is a new book entitled The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century.
He has a doctorate in political science from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1996), an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1981), and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University (1976).