USAF (Ret) Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Professor of the Practice of International Security at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, gave an October 8, 2019 keynote speech at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington D.C. which was sponsored by Task Force-21, a civic-lead group from Minot, North Dakota formed in 1997 to support Minot Air Force Base North Dakota and more broadly the nation’s nuclear deterrent.
Weinstein’s speech highlighted his role as a Professor of Practice at the Pardee School, the classes he is currently teaching as well as those in development. The centerpiece of the speech covered the dangerous, complex, and challenging international security environment with a focus on China’s 70th Anniversary Military Parade.
In his speech, Weinstein also discussed the need to modernize the nuclear Triad, specifically, the foundational capability of the land-based leg of the nuclear triad, the strategic level guidance promulgated in the National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy and the Nuclear Posture Review. He also reiterated that “there isn’t an arms race, we’re the out-of-shape athlete that is being lapped by the high school track star.”
Closing his speech, Weinstein emphasized that “the best way to maintain peace in the 21st Century is to have a modernized Department of Energy Infrastructure, a new bomber, a new cruise missile, a new navy submarine and the bedrock of our day-to-day deterrent capability is to develop, build and field a complete Minuteman III replacement system”.
Weinstein also mentored the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Congressional Nuclear Fellows, who work for various members of Congress. The session was leadership focused, emphasizing the need to develop relationships on the Hill a, respecting differences of opinions, and ensuring their members get the facts when discussing issues of national security.
USAF (Ret) Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Lieutenant General, USAF, (Ret), served in the U. S. Air Force from 1982 to 2018. Prior to arriving at the Pardee School of Global Studies, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters United States Air Force, the Pentagon. In this position, he was responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff on all aspects of nuclear deterrence operations providing direction, guidance, integration and advocacy regarding the nuclear deterrence mission of the U.S. Air Force and engaged with joint, interagency and NATO for nuclear enterprise solutions.