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Nuclear Weapons Effects, Proliferation and Policy

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1302

The Comparative Defense Studies Program presents

The Military Technology Series: Number 6

Nuclear Weapons Effects, Proliferation and Policy

With Col. Robert S. Spalding III, United Stated Air Force

Moderated by Dr. Stephanie Neuman, Director, Comparative Defense Studies Program and Member, SIWPS

Monday, March 3, 2014

12:15p.m. 2:00p.m.

International Affairs Building, 13th Floor, Room 1302

420 West 118th Street, New York City

COL Spaldings talk will cover the Air Forces nuclear enterprise to include ICBMs and Bombers, as well as briefly discussing submarines. He will cover each Presidential policy on nuclear weapons from Truman to the present day. Following the discussion there will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Robert S. Spalding III, U.S. Air Force, was most recently vice commander of the 509th Bomb Wing based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, where he was responsible for preparing and maintaining United States' only B-2 wing. He also commanded the 509th Operations Group where he launched B-2s to protect civilians during Operation Odyssey Dawn.

His previous tours include military assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs where he led a search team to China. During the surge, Colonel Spalding deployed and led security for the top five leaders in Iraq.

He received his BS and MS from Fresno State, his PhD from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and speaks Chinese-Mandarin as well as Spanish.

The Military Technology Series is sponsored by the Comparative Defense Studies Program, an affiliate of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. It is designed to help bridge the gap between the theoretical concerns of academia and the applied field of military technology.