Virtual Program—Goodbye sole purpose: The Biden administration’s emerging nuclear policy and budget

By Halley Posner | April 28, 2022

Watch the Bulletin virtual program “Goodbye sole purpose: The Biden administration’s emerging nuclear policy and budget” featuring Adam Mount and Lynn Rusten in conversation with Monica Montgomery. 

These experts discussed topics like sole purpose, the recently released defense budget, the Biden administration’s upcoming nuclear posture review, ally management in the wake of the war in Ukraine, and much more.  Watch a recording of the program above to learn more. 

Read the read the Bulletin’s breaking Ukraine coverage here and listen to all of our virtual programs.  


Adam Mount, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where his work covers U.S. nuclear strategy and force structure, conventional deterrence, and progressive foreign policy. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He now directs, with Andrea Berger, the FAS International Study Group on North Korea Policy, a group of twelve emerging experts from allied countries working to develop a sustainable strategy to manage a nuclear-armed North Korea. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Government at Georgetown and a B.A. from Reed College. 

Lynn Rusten serves as the vice president for the Global Nuclear Policy Program at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. In this role, she leads NTI’s efforts aimed at reducing the risk that nuclear weapons will be used, preventing their spread, and ultimately ending them as a threat to the world. Rusten has held senior positions in the White House National Security Council staff, Department of State and Congress, bringing deep expertise in nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, and national security policy. 

Monica Montgomery is a Research Analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where her work focuses educating Congress and the public on U.S. nuclear modernization and spending, arms control, non-proliferation, the Pentagon budget, and other national security policies and legislation. She graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and peace studies and a certificate in international security studies and has previously worked at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Her writing and commentary have appeared in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Vanity Fair, Forbes, Defense One, Arms Control Today, MSNBC, and other outlets.  

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Keywords: Virtual Programs
Topics: Nuclear Risk

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