Vincent Manzo
Research Scientist


Vincent Manzo is an expert in nuclear weapons policy. His research portfolio includes deterrence, extended deterrence, escalation management, strategic stability, and arms control.

Prior to joining CNA, Manzo worked in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy from October 2013 to May 2017. Manzo received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his work on U.S. nuclear weapons policy, strategy and planning. Manzo also previously held research positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.

Manzo's articles have been published in Joint Forces Quarterly, Arms Control Today, The National Interest, and Defense One. He has delivered presentations at the University of Virginia, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the James Timbie Forum on Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

Manzo holds an M.A. in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in political science from Kenyon College.


June 1, 2018

Vince Manzo writes, “If a conflict breaks out in Asia or Europe, an adversary of the United States and its allies may believe it can conduct limited nuclear strikes and, rather than precipitate its own destruction, win the war.”

Survival: “After Nuclear First Use, What?”

February 7, 2018

Vincent Manzo writes, “By treating North Korea’s push toward an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as a crisis rather than a component of a long-term challenge, the Trump team is stumbling toward an unnecessary war.”

Texas National Security Review: “The Least Bad Option: Damage Limitation and U.S. Deterrence Strategy Toward North Korea”

January 22, 2018

Vincent Manzo writes, “Lowering the yield on some SLBMs would be a modest force structure change, not a major departure from the United States’ approach to nuclear deterrence.”

Defense One: “Give the Low-Yield SLBM its Day in Court”

After Nuclear First Use, What?