LANL senior fellow to discuss U.S. nuclear stockpile in talk

Houston "Terry" Hawkins, a senior fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, will speak on Jan. 15 about the role the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile plays in maintaining national defense, LANL said on Thursday.

The talk, which is open to the public, will take place at 5:30 p.m on Jan. 15 at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos. Hawkins, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, is an internationally recognized specialist on modern terrorism.

"President Obama has reaffirmed that as long as nuclear weapons exist the U.S. will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal that guarantees the defense of our country, our allies and partners," Hawkins said.

Hawkins' talk will look at six key areas that would be impacted by a reduction in the nation's nuclear arsenal, including the waning of American technological superiority, development of alliances and international cabals with ties to terrorist networks, expansion of international terrorism with hatred toward the U.S., growing nuclear proliferation activities, re-emergence of confrontational strategies and major foreign force modernizations.

Hawkins also planned to provide suggestions to guide the nation's future decisions related to reducing the nuclear stockpile.

Hawkins previously led major technical programs meant to detect, prevent and reverse the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and gave lectures internationally on the topic of denuclearization.