Ms. Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Ms. Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Senior fellow at Hudson Institute

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, specialising in US national defence policy with a focus on strategic deterrence. Ms. Heinrichs serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics where she teaches nuclear deterrence theory, and is a staff member of the Defence and Strategic Studies Programme at Missouri State University.

Ms. Heinrichs publishes frequently in leading political magazines and academic journals, and regularly provides analysis on cable news and radio programmes. Ms. Heinrichs served in the U.S. House of Representatives as an adviser to former Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), where she focused on matters related to the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee. She was instrumental in starting the Bipartisan Missile Defence Caucus. Prior to her work on defence policy, she was on the oversight staff of the House Judiciary Committee.
Ms. Heinrichs earned her M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and graduated with highest distinction from its College of Naval Command and Staff, receiving the Director’s Award for academic excellence. She earned her B.A. in history and political science from Ashland University in Ohio, was an Ashbrook Scholar, and currently serves as a member of the Ashbrook Board. She and her husband live in Virginia with their five children.

Deterrence of the 21st century – New Challenges vs Old Thinking

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Maintaining national security means influencing the decisions and approach of malign actors to discourage or restrain them from taking harmful actions. As Western countries grapple with the prospect of facing increasingly ambiguous threats that are often hard to detect, deterrence is back in the spotlight. From hack-and-leak operations to the use of chemical weapons, what […]