"Great Power Competition, Nuclear Weapons and Montana." That's the focus of a talk Wednesday night at Montana State University (MSU) by a retired US Air Force general who commanded various nuclear weapons units during his 34 year career.

Alston will join us ahead of his talk at MSU on the "Montana Talks" radio show with Aaron Flint in Billings shortly after 8 AM Wednesday.

According to MSU, Major General Donald Alston's (ret.) lecture continues the discussion of nuclear weapons as presented in Maj. Gen. Alston's “Open Letter to the Commander-In-Chief, Deterrence and the ICBM: A Practitioner’s Perspective.” a publication addressing the value the ICBM brings to US national security and our allies.

He commanded nuclear weapons units at a variety of levels, culminating in his command of the US ICBM alert force consisting of 3 wings operating, maintaining and securing 450 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, and 9,600 airmen, civilians and contractors. General Alston is an Adjunct Professor at the Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Foundation. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy; the National Security Management Course at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University; and the Senior Executives in National and International Security Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Major General Alston will speak Wednesday night at the Strand Union Building's Procrastinator Theater at 7 pm.

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