One of the discussion points after Dr. Todd’s presentation concerned the availability and use of information about the types of heuristics that different leader personalities might use.
Ms. Amy Woolf, specialist in nuclear weapons policy, Congressional Research Service, shared her views on the evolution of U.S. strategic deterrence at the second workshop session. Ms. Woolf described the process of supporting Congress—a body that consists of more than 500 elected officials and thousands of staff representing interests of all the states of our nation and numerous districts within those states—a body in which most members are interested in matters other than strategic deterrence. Ms. Woolf offered that it has been useful that a small, focused group of individuals in Congress have remained interested in and committed to nuclear matters and that credible analysis could potentially be used with great effect on this group. Finally, Ms. Woolf emphasized that tightening budgets will affect congressional decisions going forward.