Interview with Guy Roberts, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, USA


For our inaugural issue, NCT Magazine invited United States Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological ASD(NCB) Defense Programs, Guy Roberts, to share with our community his perspective of the current security environment, key challenges and key priorities.

As the ASD(NCB), Mr. Roberts is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics for matters concerning nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs. His nomination is the brown jewel of his already impressive career. The Department of Defense’s (DoD) dual mission of sustaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent, in addition to countering the threat of nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferation is, at large, dependent on the tasks carried out by Mr. Roberts and his team.

The NBC Defense Programs can rely on Mr. Roberts’ thirty years of experience within the field of arms control, anti-proliferation, deterrence and strategic stability issues. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Roberts led a distinguished career in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer, judge advocate, and staff officer. He went on to serve as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Arms Control and Nonproliferation Policy for the Department of Defense, and then as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy and Director for Nuclear Deterrence Policy before becoming an independent consultant and adjunct professor.

To date, Mr. Roberts has kept a prominent presence in the world of CBRNe through military, government, consultancy and chairing experience by sharing expertise with over thirty domestic and international organizations and institutions. This article will take a closer look at the man who is leading US-policy making against CBRNe threats and at the challenges that he faces. Read the interview here.