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Past Event

Is U.S. National Security in Jeopardy?

Just Completed: Global Threat Assessment — U.S. Strategic Posture Commissioners’ Report

In October, the U.S. Congressional Strategic Posture Commission released its final report, “America’s Strategic Posture.” The bipartisan group of 12 former officials, appointed by Congress, assessed the international threats facing the United States, reviewing U.S. defense strategy and force structure, including nuclear weapons. 

The report concludes that the United States now faces unprecedented threats, from authoritarian regimes that are building up their military forces and behaving aggressively towards their neighbors. Major concerns include the Chinese program to add 1,000 strategic nuclear weapons to their arsenal, Russian behavior in Ukraine and mutual support between Russia and China. The commissioners call for an “all of government” U.S. effort to combat these threats. 

What are the greatest threats faced by the United States? How should they be addressed? What does this mean for the U.S. nuclear posture, for our alliances, for defense spending and for arms control and other approaches to reducing risk? What will be the impact of the report? Will its recommendations be implemented?

Join four of the commissioners, including Commission Chair Dr. Madelyn Creedon, and the vice chair, former Arizona Senator Jon Kyle, plus Ambassador Rose Gottemoeller and Dr. Gloria Duffy, for a review and discussion of their year-long evaluation and final report.


Photos courtesy the speakers.

December 5, 2023

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Dr. Madelyn Creedon

Former Principal Deputy Administrator, DOE/NNSA; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense; Former Armed Services Committee Staff; Chair, U.S. Congressional Strategic Posture Commission

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Rose Gottemoeller

Steven C. Házy Lecturer, Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for International Security and Cooperation; Commissioner, U.S. Congressional Strategic Posture Commission

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Jon Kyl

Former U.S. Senator (R-AZ); Vice Chair, U.S. Congressional Strategic Posture Commission

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Dr. Gloria Duffy

Co-President and Co-CEO, Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California; Commissioner, U.S. Congressional Strategic Posture Commission