Neile Miller Lecture on "Why Donald Trump May Find His Nuclear Button is Smaller than He Thinks."


Wednesday, April 4, 2018


5:30 pm


Taylor Hall 102-Auditorium

Lecture: “Why Donald Trump May Find His Nuclear Button is Smaller than He Thinks: The Budgetary Realities of Nuclear Weapons Modernization”

Bio: Neile Miller (Vassar class of 1979) served from 2010-13 as the acting Undersecretary of Energy for Nuclear Security, and as the Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, an agency within the US Department of Energy (DOE) responsible for overseeing the nation’s nuclear security complex. Prior to that, she was the DOE budget director, and a program examiner at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Currently, she is the CEO of Ultra High Materials, an early stage technology company, and is Senior Policy Advisor at Harris Wiltshire, and Grannis, LLP.

Description: Despite the current condition of the nuclear security enterprise - - aging stockpiles, rusting infrastructure, etc. - - Donald Trump’s modernization proposals, which are not very different from Barack Obama’s, have a long road to realization. Even the spending increases approved in February’s bipartisan budget agreement may prove inadequate. Neile Miller’s talk will focus on the decision-making processes for funding nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, and nuclear counter-terrorism activities, with contrasts drawn between the Obama and Trump administrations.

Contact: Beth McCormick ( <> (845 437-5560)

Department: Political Science Department

Beth Mccormick

Political Science Department