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August 6, 1945 the World changed forever. A nuclear blast devastated the city of Hiroshima killing 80,000 people. The mushroom cloud became the universal symbol of horror. The “COLD WAR” followed - at the high point the US and USSR had 70,000 nuclear weapons. Remember the Eisenhower cold war years - “duck and cover.” Has the presence of massive numbers of nuclear weapons as deterrents prevented their use, or have we just been lucky?In the 70’s and 80’s public resistance to nuclear weapons materialized: Nevil Shute’s “On the Beach” - and “Dr. Strangelove” a popular dark comedy. In 1982 one million people gathered in Central Park calling for an end to “nuclear weapons.” The popular 1983 TV movie “The Day After” accurately depicted a nuclear winter and motivated President Reagan to rethink his cold war policies.While today's nuclear stockpile has been reduced to 13,000, the World is even more dangerous. Nine nations now have nuclear weapons. The US and Russia are quietly spending billions upgrading their nuclear weapons and delivery systems. All of this is being done with no political or public overview, as “other problems” have resulted in the public losing all interest in nuclear weapons status.This program will be divided into three sessions, with lead speakers as shown:1- The emergence of nuclear weapons and systems for delivery, Gerald Geise2- History and effectiveness of arms control agreements, James Montgomery3- Foreign policy challenges presented by current and aspiring nuclear powers, David Dunford
Instructors: Gerald Geise, James Montgomery, David Dunford
Gerald Geise is a Chemical Engineering graduate from Montana State University. He spent 25 years in the nuclear industry field with General Electric and United Nuclear in increasingly responsible engineering and management positions. Those include being the operations manager for Hanford, Washington nuclear reactors producing Plutonium for nuclear weapons, and the operations manager for the largest dual purpose Plutonium and electrical generation nuclear reactor. He was also president of a United Nuclear division that manufactured nuclear reactors for the US Navy. He also has an extensive public speaking background on the risks and benefits of nuclear power.Mr. Montgomery spent 30 years in the State Department working in Southeast Asia, on nuclear matters and congressional relations. He handled several arms control issues for Kissinger’s inner circle, brokered the congressional aspects of our nuclear cooperation agreement with China, directed the office handling Theater Nuclear force negotiations in Europe and was Counselor of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He directed the State Department’s public speaking program during ratification of the second SALT agreement. Upon retirement he became Director, International Affairs for the Seagram beverage company devising student exchange programs in business for young people from the former Soviet imperium.
Dave Dunford as the U.S. ambassador to Oman and as the deputy ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the 1990-91 Gulf War. He is a member of the governing board of the University of Arizona’s Center for Middle East Studies. He has taught courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East business environment at the University of Arizona and has consulted for both the government and the private sector on Middle East issues. He is the author of From Sadat to Saddam: The Decline of American Diplomacy in the Middle East (Potomac Books 2019).
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