Rubin Co-Authors Article Foreign Policy Research Institute's Orbis Journal

Lawrence Rubin

Posted March 31, 2021

Lawrence Rubin, associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, has recently co-authored an article entitled, “Quantum Sensing's Potential Impacts on Strategic Deterrence and Modern Warfare” appearing in Orbis.  His co-author is Sarah Gamberini, policy fellow at the National Defense University's Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD).

The article examines the impact of quantum sensing on strategic deterrence and modern warfare. It has two related objectives. The first is to highlight quantum sensing as an important area of research for the policy communities considering the role of emerging technologies on strategic deterrence and countering weapons of mass destruction. The second aim is to present the potential warfighting implications of quantum sensing if employed by either the United States or its adversaries. While quantum sensing technologies offer opportunities to transform modern warfare, they also present challenges and risks. 

The article contends that the quantum sensing investment, research, and development should be prioritized within the Department of Defense’s quantum science modernization agenda to ensure that the U.S. military does not cede technological advantage to competitors, such as the People’s Republic of China, who are actively investing in quantum sensing applications that could upend the United States’ existing deterrence and warfighting capabilities.

Rubin is the author and editor of three books, including The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries (Georgetown University Press, 2018) co-edited with Adam Stulberg, Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics (Stanford University Press, 2014) and Terrorist Rehabilitation and Counter-Radicalisation: New Approaches to Counter-terrorism (Routledge 2011) with Rohan Gunaratna and Jolene Jerard. 

Rubin’s research interests include Middle East politics and international security with a specific focus on intra-regional relations, religion and politics, and nuclear proliferation. He has conducted research in Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the UAE, and Yemen.

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