Brendan Green

Brendan R Green

Associate Professor

Crosley Tower


A&S School of Public and International A - 0375

Professional Summary

“The MAD Who Wasn’t There: Soviet Perceptions of U.S. Counterforce Capabilities in the Late Cold War,” Security Studies, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 606-641. Published online July 2017. With Austin Long.

  • Subject of a New York Times Article, “There’s a Big Lie Your History Teacher Told Your About Nuclear Weapons,” The Interpreter, July 19, 2017.
  • Winner, 2018 Outstanding Article in International History and Politics, American Political Science Association.
“Correspondence: The Limits of Damage Limitation,” International Security, Vol. 42, No. 1 (Summer 2017). With Austin Long.
  • A response to Charles L. Glaser and Steve Fetter, “Should the U.S. Reject MAD? Damage Limitation and U.S. Strategy towards China,” International Security, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Summer 2016).
“Primacy and Proliferation: Why Security Commitments Don’t Prevent Nuclear Weapons’ Spread,” in Trevor Thrall and Benjamin Friedman, eds., The Case for Restraint in U.S. Foreign Policy (New York: Routledge). Forthcoming, 2018.
“Signaling with Secrets: Evidence on Soviet Perceptions of U.S. Counterforce Developments in the Late Cold War,” in Erik Garzke and Jon Lindsay, eds., Cross-Domain Deterrence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018). With Austin Long.
“Stalking the Secure Second Strike: Intelligence, Counterforce, and Nuclear Strategy,” Journal of Strategic Studies, No. 1-2 (February 2015), pp. 38-73.  With Austin Long.
  • Winner, 2014 Amos Perlmutter Prize for best article by untenured professors in the Journal of Strategic Studies.
  • Review: Andrew L. Ross, H-Diplo/ISSF, October 9, 2015.
  • Nominated for APSA’s 2015 Alexander L. George Article Award for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research.
  • Nominated for APSA’s 2016 Outstanding Article Award in International History and Politics.
Correspondence: “Debating American Engagement: the Future of U.S. Grand Strategy,” International Security, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Fall 2013).  With Benjamin Friedman and Justin Logan.
  • Response to Brooks, Ikenberry, and Wohlforth, “Don’t Come Home America: The Case against Retrenchment,” International Security, Vol. 37, No. 3 (Winter 2012/2013).
“Two Concepts of Liberty: U.S. Cold War Grand Strategies and the Liberal Tradition,” International Security, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Fall 2012).
  • Nominated for APSA’s 2013 Alexander L. George Article Award for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research.
  • Review: Paul C. Avey, H-Diplo/ISSF, April 12, 2013. 
  • Colloquy with Douglas MacDonald, H-Diplo/ISSF, May 4 and May 15, 2013.
Editor, U.S. Military Innovation after the Cold War: Creation without Destruction (New York: Routledge, 2009).  With Harvey Sapolsky and Benjamin Friedman.
  • The Missing Transformation.  With Harvey Sapolsky and Benjamin Friedman. In Creation Without Destruction.
  • Technology and the RMA.  With Benjamin Friedman and David Burbach.  In Creation Without Destruction.
  • The RMA and the Second Inter-war Period.  With Harvey Sapolsky and Benjamin Friedman.  In Creation Without Destruction.


Ph.D: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, M, 2011 (Political Science)

A.B.: University of Chicago Chicago, IL, 2003 (Political Science)

Research and Practice Interests


Military Operations

American Foreign Policy

Grand Strategy

Nuclear strategy

Research Support

Grant: #AWD-7771854/GR204652/B9082 Investigators:Green, Brendan 10-01-2015 -09-30-2017 Carnegie Corporation of New York Disruptive Technologies, Strategic Vulnerability, and the Future of Deterrence - SUBAWARD to Georgetown Role:PI $78,490.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #1 GG011199 / N00244-16-1-0032 Investigators:Green, Brendan 07-05-2016 -07-04-2017 Naval Postgraduate School The Role of Clandestine Capabilities in Deterrence Role:PI $67,611.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #Koch Foundation Grant Investigators:Green, Brendan 07-01-2020 -06-30-2021 Charles Koch Foundation, Inc $50K grant from Koch Foundation Role:PI $50,000.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #Koch Foundation 2021 Grant Investigators:Green, Brendan 07-01-2021 -06-30-2022 Charles Koch Foundation, Inc visualization video of Brendan Green?s new book. (subaward to SCOPE and SEQUENCE) Role:PI $10,000.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #R1516 Investigators:Green, Brendan 06-01-2021 -05-31-2022 Smith Richardson Foundation, Incorporated A Fearful Symmetry: Assessing the Changing Military Balance of Power Role:PI 48324.00 Hold Level:Non Profit

Grant: #HDTRA1-22-P-0017 Investigators:Green, Brendan 03-30-2022 -01-31-2023 Defense Threat Reduction Agency Full Proposal: The Implications of Multi-Factor Nuclear Deterrence for Escalation Risk in the Future Security Environment Role:PI 154942.02 Hold Level:Federal

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