2018 Agenda

Tuesday | February 20

  1. 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

    Preconference Networking Breakfast

    Preconference workshop registration required.

  2. 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Preconference Workshop: Counter-Proliferation as the Third Pillar to Deterrence

    Deterrence is generally viewed as to having two pillars: 1) deterrence through the possession of strategic offensive capabilities, and 2) deterrence through nonproliferation initiatives aimed to eliminate the spread of nuclear weapon technology, and to reduce existing stockpiles of nuclear weapons. This workshop will discuss recognizing counterproliferation as the third pillar of deterrence. The workshop will also discuss an expanded role of organizations (agencies) already involved in deterrence and counterproliferation such as the Department of Defense and FBI, and the potential role of technical organizations such as DOE national laboratories. Pre-registration for this workshop is required.

  3. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    2018 Nuclear Deterrence Summit Opening Keynote Address

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  4. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Budget/Policy Update

    Panelists will review the administration’s recently released Nuclear Posture Review, specifically major changes in nuclear policy, as well as the White House’s fiscal 2019 budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration and Department of Defense.

  5. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Networking Break

  6. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

    National Laboratories Updates

    This session will focus on the NNSA’s progress in addressing its aging infrastructure, improving its governance model, awarding site contracts, and managing major construction projects. Representatives of the national laboratories will offer their perspectives on priorities at each of their sites.

    • Moderator: Donald Trost, Executive Vice President, TechSource, Inc.
  7. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

    Addressing the Evolving Cyber Security Threat

    The cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. The Department of Energy faces distinct challenges in securing an energy infrastructure that has aging equipment and in many cases is privately owned. This provides unique challenges, but DOE also has unique resources within its national labs to address these challenges.

    • Moderator: Elizabeth Porter, Senior Vice President, Federal Energy & Environment, Leidos
  8. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    Opening Welcome Reception

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Wednesday | February 21

  1. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  2. 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Morning Plenary Session

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  3. 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

    NNSA Weapons Activities Update

    This session will offer an update on the NNSA’s warhead refurbishment activities, including an assessment of the progress of each life-extension program and its cost and schedule targets.

    • Moderator: Donald Trost, Executive Vice President, TechSource, Inc.
  4. 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

    Networking Break

  5. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    Infrastructure Modernization (Construction & Project Management)

    The many major construction projects across DOE/DoD sites supporting elements of the nuclear triad are a sign that steps are being taken to modernize aging infrastructure. To contain life-cycle costs, it is important to plan for upgrades in a synchronous manner. Implementation of modularization and common designs are used in construction and for the physical systems that assure the security of nuclear materials and weapons. Please join this panel of industry and government executives to discuss how they are facing these challenges.

    • Moderator: Peter Rizik, Strategic and Nuclear, General Dynamics
  6. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Networking Lunch

  7. 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

    Countering Nuclear Smuggling

    Officials from the Department of Homeland Security and its Domestic Nuclear Detection Office will discuss developments in their fight against nuclear smuggling through U.S. ports of entry, including new technologies and methods deployed across the country and their partnerships with other U.S. and international partners.

  8. 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

    Proliferation Challenges: North Korea, China, Russia, and Iran

    Every month seems to present a new national security challenge to the United States and its allies. Concerns about technology and ballistic missile networks between North Korea, Iran, and China seem to increase, while the threat from North Korea appears greater with every missile test. Meanwhile, the Russian bear continues to flex its muscles. The future of strategic stability within the U.S.-Russian arms control regime is now a top priority. What is the future for NATO allies and their role under the U.S. nuclear umbrella? Panelists will discuss nuclear sharing, extended deterrence in Asia and Europe, emerging regional threats, and NATO perspectives on the Russian nuclear threat.

    • Moderator: Bryan Wilkes, Vice President Strategic Engagement and External Relations, CB&I Project Services Group
  9. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Networking Break

  10. 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Nuclear Triad Modernization

    Strategic forces leadership will address U.S. nuclear modernization priorities, including the Navy’s progress on the new Columbia-class submarine, the Air Force’s Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, and the need for a new strategic nuclear bomber and long-range cruise missile. This session will also cover the latest cost and schedule estimates for each program, as well as any congressional pushback to certain programs and funding levels.

  11. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Networking Reception

    Sponsored By:

    General Dynamics Mission Systems

Thursday | February 22

  1. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  2. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Congressional Outlook

    Panelists will provide a policy and budget outlook for the near- and long-term as they discuss the congressional view of the administration’s nuclear policy priorities for the DOD and DOE.

    • Moderator: Robert DeGrasse, Vice President Government Affairs, Bechtel Corporation
  3. 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

    The Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Stockpile: Issues and Opportunities

    The U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile has proven to be a reliable deterrent over the decades. While the nature of our national security threats has changed in that time, the need for a stockpile hasn’t. Our nuclear arsenal is at its lowest levels in many years, but as a new Nuclear Posture Review is being conducted, Note that this might be finished by the time of the event.some are calling for an increase while others a continued decrease in the number of strategic weapons. In this session we will look at the history of our stockpile, where we are today, and where the stockpile should go in the future, both in numbers and technology.

    • Moderator: Bryan Wilkes, Vice President Strategic Engagement and External Relations, CB&I Project Services Group
  4. 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

    Networking Break

  5. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    Closing Plenary Session

  6. 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM

    Summit Adjourns