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Stephen M. Younger

Former Senior Policy Scholar


    April 1, 2012 — May 31, 2015

    Professional affiliation

    Vice President Northrop Grumman Technical Services

    Wilson Center Projects

    Leadership, Violence, and Warfare in Small Societies

    Full Biography

    Dr. Younger's work at Los Alamos involves doing, (through computer modeling) social simulations of simple societies with the aim of understanding the onset of mass violence. Until recently, he was Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, located at Fort Belvoir. Prior to that time, he was Senior Associate Director for for National Security at Los Alamos--responsible for assuring the safety and reliability of most of the nation's nuclear arsenal.

    Major Publications

    • The Bomb: A New History (Ecco/HarperCollins, January 2009)
    • Conditions and Mechanisms for Peace in Pre-Contact Polynesia, Current Anthropology (2008)
    • Endangered Species: How We Can Avoid Mass Destruction and Build a Lasting Peace(Ecco/HarperCollins, 2007)

    Previous Terms

    April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2012 "Future of Strategic Weapons and Deterrence"