Bernstein, Paul I.

Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction

 Email |  (202) 433-6382

Areas of Expertise:  Countering WMD; Deterrence; Education (Curriculum Development); Europe; Gaming & Simulation Design (Facilitation); Missile Defense; Nuclear Policy; Russia and Eurasia

Mr. Paul I. Bernstein is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD Center) in Washington, DC.  He is engaged in a range of policy support, research, and professional military education activities related to WMD, nuclear policy, deterrence, threat reduction, and regional security.  Mr. Bernstein has been an advisor to the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) and currently advises the Defense Science Board Task Force on Deterring, Preventing and Responding the Threat or Use of WMD. He is a regular instructor at senior war colleges and other professional military education venues, and has developed multiple curricula for nuclear and WMD instruction. Prior to joining NDU, Mr. Bernstein was Vice President and Senior Program Manager with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in McLean, VA, where he managed government-sponsored research programs and led strategic analysis projects.

Mr. Bernstein is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.  He holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.


  • Paul I. Bernstein, "Rethinking Deterrence and Assurance," NDC Conference Report, September 2015.
  • Paul I. Bernstein and Deborah Y. Ball, “Putin’s Russia and U.S. Defense Strategy,” Workshop Report, October 2015.
  • Paul I. Bernstein, “Rethinking Deterrence and Assurance,” Conference Report, Wilton Park (UK), September 2015.
  • Paul I. Bernstein, “Deterrence and Professional Military Education,” Air and Space Power Journal, Volume 29, No. 4, July-August 2015.
  • Paul I. Bernstein, “Ballistic Missile Defense in Europe: Getting to Yes with Moscow?” in The Future of Extended Deterrence in Europe, eds. von Hlatky and Wenger, Georgetown University Press, 2015.
  • Paul I. Bernstein, “Post-Cold War US Nuclear Strategy” and “The Emerging Nuclear Landscape,” in On Limited War in the 21st Century, eds. Larsen and Kartchner, Stanford University Press, 2014.
  • Paul I. Bernstein and Nima Gerami, “Proliferation Risks of Civilian Nuclear Power Programs,” WMD Proceedings, June 2012.
  • Paul I. Bernstein and Jason D. Wood, “The Origins of Nunn-Lugar and Cooperative Threat Reduction,” CSWMD Case Study Series 3, April 2010.
  • Paul I. Bernstein, John P. Caves, Jr., and W. Seth Carus, “Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction: Looking Back, Looking Ahead,” CSWMD Occasional Paper, No. 7, October 2009.