The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy) (DASD (NMD)) is responsible for providing policy advice and support to the Secretary of Defense and other senior Department of Defense (DOD) leaders by formulating, recommending, integrating, and implementing policies and strategies to improve United States strategic and conventional strike capabilities, defenses, arms control and related matters. This encompasses DoD policy relating to requirements, capability development, operations, declaratory policy, employment, and international cooperation or agreements (including arms control agreements) in the areas of missile defense, nuclear forces and global strike.
From 1995 until assuming his current responsibilities, Dr. Roberts served as a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Roberts also served from 2003 to 2009 as a member of DoD's Threat Reduction Advisory Committee and as chair of its panel on DoD implementation of the National Strategy to Combat WMD. He is an associate professorial lecturer at George Washington University, currently on leave from this responsibility. He has also served as special advisor to the STRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group, as vice chairman of the board of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in The Asia-Pacific, as chairman of the research advisory council of the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, and as member and founding chairman of the Threat Reduction Program Review Committee of Los Alamos National Laboratories. From 1986 to 1996 Dr. Roberts was editor of The Washington Quarterly and a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). His publications include articles in Foreign Affairs, International Security, and other leading journals. His most recent IDA publication is: Asia's Major Powers and the Emerging Challenges to Nuclear Stability among Them.
Dr. Roberts holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University, a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a doctorate from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.