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Tuesday | February 28
- 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM
Opening Keynote Address: Beyond U.S. – Russia Arms Control
The relationship and strategic balance between the U.S. and Russia can be significantly influenced by arms control which has dominated much of the nuclear discussion. But U.S. extended deterrence and assurance for our allies; the rise of peer competitors; strategic stability; the early use of threatened use of nuclear weapons; and combating further proliferation are also critically important for U.S. policy to address. Arms control does not necessarily solve these issues or problems. This session will open with keynote remarks addressing these issues and in particular what the path forward should be for the United States and its allies in strategic nuclear modernization, the nuclear deterrent enterprise, including seeking strategic stability, enhanced capability, better deterrence and extended deterrence, non-and counter proliferation and the non-use of nuclear weapons in a crisis.
- 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
- 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Panelists will discuss the tradeoffs between nuclear modernization and maintenance, review the historical and current context of nuclear modernization in overall DoD and federal budgets, analyze the cost and impact of delays, address infrastructure and maintenance concerns in the nuclear enterprise, and forecast challenges and opportunities for the new president.
- 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Future of MOX
In accordance with a nonproliferation agreement finalized with Russia in 2010 (and suspended by Russia in late 2016) the MOX facility under construction in South Carolina is intended to turn 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors. The Department of Energy under President Obama sought to cancel the project and instead dilute the plutonium and bury it underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. Meanwhile, members of Congress have fought to continue pursuing the MOX method. What happens next?
- 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Opening Networking Reception
Wednesday | March 1
- 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
- 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
A Perspective on Nuclear Posture, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control for the New Administration
This session will discuss the new administration’s role in crafting a new nuclear posture, as well as its approach toward international nonproliferation initiatives and its stance on negotiating further arms control arrangements.
- 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
- 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Nuclear Terrorism, Nuclear Smuggling and Reducing Nuclear Dangers
Since the breakup of the former Soviet Union, the U.S. government has focused on securing and preventing terrorist acquisition of nuclear materials worldwide. This effort has expanded through the years – alongside partnerships with other countries – to include working to safely store and dispose of nuclear material in the energy, health care, and commercial sectors screen for such material at seaports and border crossings; deter nuclear smuggling, and develop nuclear material detection capabilities. Officials from Homeland Security, NNDO, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, will address these issues.
- Peter HuessyDirector for Strategic Deterrent Studies, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace StudiesAir Force Association
- Joan RohlfingPresident and Chief Operating OfficerNuclear Threat Initiative
- William TobeySenior Fellow and Director, U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism, Belfer Center for Science and InternationalHarvard University
- John ZabkoAssistant Director, Architecture and Plans Directorate, Domestic Nuclear Detection OfficeU.S. Department of Homeland Security
- 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Triad Platform Modernization Priorities
Top nuclear commander will address the nation’s nuclear modernization and sustainment priorities, including the new Ohio-class replacement submarine, the prospects for a new ground based strategic deterrent, and the requirement for a new strategic nuclear bomber and long-range cruise missile. This session will address the current and projected priorities.
- 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
- 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Future Challenges for NNSA
Former NNSA principal deputy administrator discusses future challenges for nuclear security and deterrence
- 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Site Perspectives on the Future of the Nuclear Security Enterprise
This session will focus on aging infrastructure, NNSA's new governance model and inter-site cooperation on production objectives. Four perspectives-- one each from Y-12 and Pantex, Savannah River and the Kansas City National Security Campus will participate in this roundtable discussion.
- 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
- 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Warhead Refurbishment Update
- 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
NNSA Acquisition and Project Management Update
This session will provide an update on NNSA's achievements in acquisition and project management and where we go from here.
- 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Johnny Foster Award Presentation & Reception
Thursday | March 2
- 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
- 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
The Path Forward for US-Russia Relations
Join a lively discussion with Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack, USA (Ret.), a former U.S. Senior Defense Official and Attaché to the Russian Federation and Llewellyn King, Executive Producer and Host, “White House Chronicle” on PBS, on state of US-Russia relations.
- 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
U.S. Nuclear Triad and Deterrence
Discuss the critical importance of the US nuclear Triad in maintaining deterrence and in particular the important value of America's land based ballistic missiles. He will also address the stability, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility brought to the country by the new ground based strategic deterrent initiative. The General will also explain why nuclear deterrence forms the bedrock of US security upon which US enhanced conventional capabilities must rest.
- 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
This session will outline the cybersecurity threats and address the challenges across the nuclear complex, including perspectives from the DOE, NNSA and federal contractors.
- 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Closing Remarks & Adjourn