The right man for the job: Guy Roberts’ journey to becoming USA’s lead man the field of CBRNe.
The nomination as Assistant Secretary Of Defense For Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs (ASD(NCB)) will be the crown jewel of Mr. Guy Roberts’ already impressive career. Looking back at his track-record, the White House chose a suitable candidate in these times of duress, where threats from all sides of the CBRNe spectrum are widespread. It is no surprise that a careful vetting procedure preceded before the nomination of the United States’ next ASD(NCB). This article will take a closer look at the man who will lead US policy-making against CBRNE threats and which challenges he will be facing.
The tasks and responsibility attached to the position of ASD(NCB) should not be understated in the current climate. Mr. Guy Roberts will act as the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD (AT&L)) on nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, chemical and biological defense. The Department of Defense’s (DoD) dual mission of sustaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent, in addition to countering the threat of nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferation, will at large be dependent on the tasks carried out by Mr. Guy Roberts.
Challenges within CBRNe today are numerous: the use of chemical agents for political assassinations has again proven to be a popular method; recent epidemics have shown that disaster relief response is too slow; North Korea’s nuclear policy is becoming increasingly volatile and terrorist organizations are seeking to develop their own nuclear capabilities. His confident answers during the hearing in front of Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, indicate that Mr. Roberts is well aware of the threats that need to be dealt with. From the aforementioned, nuclear deterrence will be amongst his top priorities.
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