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Putin's New Strategic Weapons: Plans, Realities, and Prospects

  • SECOND FLOOR CONFERENCE CENTER CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 1616 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Putin's New Strategic Weapons

Plans, Realities, and Prospects


Leonid Nersisyan

Military Analyst, REGNUM Information Agency,
Editor in Chief of New Defense Order Strategy magazine (Moscow)


Olga Oliker

Senior Adviser and Director
Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS

moderated by

Michael Kofman

Senior Research Scientist, CNA

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In his recent address to the Federal Assembly, President Vladimir Putin touted a number of new additions to Russia’s strategic weapons arsenal. His list included a nuclear-armed autonomous torpedo, hypersonic glide vehicles, and a nuclear-powered cruise missile. Some of these projects were long in the works, and well-known globally. Others were more of a surprise. What is the status of these systems? How developed are they, and how long until they are fully deployed? What impact will they have on the strategic balance between the United States and Russia? Please join us for a discussion with Leonid Nersisyan on the plans, realities, and prospects of these systems. Michael Kofman, Senior Research Scientist at CNA, will moderate. 

This event is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.