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Abstract: Seventy-five years after the introduction of nuclear weapons, it is no longer clear that these tools of security remain the most effective means of holding an adversary at risk. This talk will examine whether there are alternatives to nuclear weapons for missions like deterrence, and asks whether policy attention ought to be rebalanced in view of a more modern understanding of risk.
R. Scott Kemp is the MIT Class of '43 Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and director of the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy. His research combines physics, politics, and history to identify options for addressing societal problems in the areas of nuclear weapons and energy. Scott received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Ph.D. in Public Policy from Princeton University. He is the recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society