Brendan Green

Brendan R Green

Assistant Professor

Crosley Tower


A&S Political Science - 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 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

Research and Practice Interests


Military Operations

American Foreign Policy

Grand Strategy

Nuclear strategy

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