A Journey at the Nuclear Brink
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Dr. Perry talks about nuclear weapons and disarmament issues.
“My Journey at the Nuclear Brink” is a continuation of William J. Perry’s efforts to keep the world safe from a nuclear catastrophe. It tells the story of his coming of age in the nuclear era, his role in trying to shape and contain it, and how his thinking has changed about the threat these weapons pose.
In a remarkable career, Perry has dealt firsthand with the changing nuclear threat. Decades of experience and special access to top-secret knowledge of strategic nuclear options have given Perry a unique, and chilling, vantage point from which to conclude that nuclear weapons endanger our security rather than securing it.
This book traces his journey from the Cuban Missile Crisis to crafting a defense strategy in the Carter Administration, to offsetting the Soviets’ numeric superiority in conventional forces to the dismantling of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons in the Clinton Administration, and to his creation in 2007 — with George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger — of the Nuclear Security Project to articulate their vision of a world free from nuclear weapons.
Perry’s commitment to reducing the nuclear threat goes back to his days in the US Army when he served in postwar-occupied Japan, where he saw the results of the devastation of nuclear weapons. Later in life when he became Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton in 1994 he would preside over the destruction of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons with the Russians.
Perry is a mathematician and engineer by training, and currently is a professor emeritus at Stanford with a joint appointment at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the School of Engineering. He has worked in defense and international relations for seven decades. He was brought in as an analyst during the Cuban missile crisis, was an undersecretary of defense for research and engineering during the Carter administration, and served on President Reagan’s Commission on Strategic Forces. He is the author of My Journey at the Nuclear Brink (2015). He received his BS and MA from Stanford and his PhD in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University.
Perry was the 19th US Secretary of Defense from February 1994 to January 1997. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of Defense (1993–1994) and as Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (1977–1981). He is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University.
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