Author Biography

John J. Klein is a principal analyst at Analytic Services in Falls Church, Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in politics, with a strategic studies focus, from the University of Reading and a master's in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, where he was a Mahan Scholar. He previously served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution in its Foreign Policy Studies program. Dr. Klein has served as a nuclear employment and countering WMD Planner and writes frequently on national policy, military strategy, and nuclear deterrence. The author may be reached at: john.klein@anser.org. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Analytic Services or those of the United States Government.



Subject Area Keywords

Defense policy, National security, Nuclear weapons and nonproliferation, Russia, Security studies, War studies


The U.S. nuclear posture and the future role of nuclear deterrence is a topic that continues to be hotly debated. This situation will continue because of changes in the international security environment and the pressure to find reductions within the U.S. defense budget. Regardless of claims to the contrary, nuclear deterrence remains critical in ensuring future peace and stability.