2018 Agenda

Tuesday | February 20

  1. 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

    Breakfast and Registration

  2. 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Preconference Workshop: Counter-Proliferation as the Third Pillar to Deterrence (separate registration required)

    Sponsored By:

    TechSource, Inc.

    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. 8:30 AM – 8:40 AM

    Welcome and Introductions

  4. 8:40 AM – 9:15 AM

    Keynote Presentation

    Nuclear strategic deterrence and nonproliferation, along with missile defense and consequence management, are usually considered the mainstays of our nation’s nuclear deterrence strategy. However, strategic deterrence (and missile defense) is not effective against a non-attributable nuclear attack, and nonproliferation will not always succeed. A broader deterrence vision that explicitly includes and elevates the importance of nuclear counterproliferation – as the third pillar of nuclear deterrence strategy - is required for what many consider our most likely nuclear threats. We will broadly examine the threat spectrum and current US nuclear strategy and emphasis, and then focus on current and potential counterproliferation efforts within the NNSA and the three nuclear national laboratories.

    • Chair: Doug Anson, Major General (RET) USAR, TechSource, Inc.
  5. 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

    Networking Break

  6. 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    NNSA-National Laboratory Initiatives

    Panelists will discuss current counterproliferation activities and constraints within their organizations, and potential NNSA and national laboratory efforts that could bolster the nation’s ability to defeat the development and/or use of nuclear weapons and improvised nuclear devices by state proliferators and sub-national organizations (at the unclassified level).

    • Facilitator: Doug Anson, Major General (RET) USAR, TechSource, Inc.
    • Jay Tilden, Associate Administrator for Counter Terrorism & Counter Proliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration
    • G. Andrew (Andy) Erickson, Deputy Principal Associate Director for Global Security Programs , Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Doug Bruder, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Associate Labs Director, Sandia National Laboratories
    • Brad Wallin, Nuclear Threat Reduction Program Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  7. 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

    Networking Break

  8. 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

    Panel Q&A

  9. 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

    Path Forward: Next Conversation, Other Agency Comments

    The final session will expand the discussion beyond NNSA and the national laboratories to other departments and agencies involved in the counterproliferation mission. Non-NNSA organizations are encouraged to share their views on national nuclear strategy, and their perspective on the role of NNSA and the national laboratories in this mission space. We will also solicit input from all attendees regarding future counterproliferation workshop subjects.

    • Facilitator: Doug Anson, Major General (RET) USAR, TechSource, Inc.
  10. 11:45 AM – 11:50 AM

    Wrap up and Closing Remarks

  11. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    2018 Nuclear Deterrence Summit Opening Keynote Address

    Sponsored By:


    • Moderator: David Elrod, Technical Fellow and Vice President, Business Development, Jacobs Aerospace & Technology
  12. 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.

  13. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Networking Break

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  14. 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.
  15. 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
    • Max Everett, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Angela Heise, President, Civil Group, Leidos
  16. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    Opening Welcome Reception

    Sponsored By:


Wednesday | February 21

  1. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  2. 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

    2018 Priorities for the National Nuclear Security Administration

    Sponsored By:


    • Keynote: Philip T. Calbos (Invited), Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs , National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
    • Moderator: Michael Lempke, President, Nuclear and Environmental Group, HII/SN3
  3. 9:45 AM – 10:45 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.
    • Dr. Charles Verdon, Principal Associate Director for Weapons & Complex Integration, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • Robert Webster, Principal Associate Director for the Weapons Program, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  4. 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

    Networking Break

    Sponsored By:

    BWX Technologies
  5. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    Infrastructure Modernization Project Management

    Although challenges of major construction projects across DOE/DoD sites are present, continued program acquisition progress is a sign that steps are being taken to modernize the aging infrastructure of critical pieces of the nuclear triad. 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 to meet requirements and contain costs. For the physical security systems and command and control systems that assure the security of nuclear materials and weapons, the government and industry face continued challenges in containing costs of technology upgrades, identifying obsolescence, maintenance, and cyber defense. Please join this panel of industry and government executives to discuss how they are facing these challenges.

    • Moderator: Peter Rizik, Senior Exeuctive, Strategic and Nuclear, General Dynamics
    • James J. McConnell, Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure and Operations, National Nuclear Security Administration
    • David B. McDarby, Deputy Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  6. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Networking Lunch

  7. 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

    Countering Nuclear Smuggling and Terrorism

    Officials will discuss approaches to combatting nuclear smuggling and nuclear terrorism, including: use of technologies and operations to detect nuclear materials and nuclear devices and identify their points of origin; coordination with federal, state, and local partners; and collaborative efforts with international partners.

    • Jay Tilden, Associate Administrator for Counter Terrorism & Counter Proliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration
    • James F. McDonnell, Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  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 K. Wilkes, Vice President Strategic Engagement and External Relations, CB&I Project Services Group
    • James R. Howe, Vice President, Threats, Technology, and Future Requirements, Vision Centric, Inc
    • Heather K. Looney, DOE/NNSA Visiting Faculty Member, National Defense University
    • Paul Longsworth, Vice President, Fluor Federal Services
    • Vayl S. Oxford, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  9. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Networking Break

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  10. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

    Nuclear Security: Prevention-Based Strategies for Today's Risks

    Sponsored By:


    Nuclear installations invest heavily in physical and operational security designed to defeat external threats. The spectrum of current and future threats can be much more complex and nuanced. Are we protecting our facilities from yesterday's threats and missing the real risks? This panel of international risk management experts examines the efficacy of new approaches to safeguarding nuclear facilities in an ever-changing threat environment to look at how we anticipate and account for these emerging security risks, and how we can better understand our vulnerabilities to build stronger security systems and approaches.

    • Moderator: Lyle Cary, Vice President of Safeguards, Security, and Emergency Services, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC
  11. 4:30 PM – 5:30 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.

  12. 5:30 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

    In this 'off the record' discussion, 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.

  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