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)

    TechSource, Inc.

    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 (NCP) – as the third pillar of a 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, initially examine current and potential counterproliferation efforts within the NNSA and the three nuclear national laboratories, and then open the discussion to the broader NCP community.

    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 Counterproliferation Domain LeadTechSource, 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 Counterproliferation Domain LeadTechSource, Inc.
    • Jay Tilden Associate Administrator and Deputy Under Secretary for Counter Terrorism & Counter ProliferationNational 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 DirectorSandia National Laboratories
    • Bradley K. Wallin Program Manager, Nuclear Threat Reduction ProgramLawrence 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 Counterproliferation Domain LeadTechSource, Inc.
    • Wendin D. Smith, PhD Senior Policy Advisor to the Commanding General, USSOCOMU.S. Department of Defense
  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

    Jacobs
    • Thomas M. Countryman Chairman, Board of DirectorsArms Control Association
    • Moderator: David Elrod Technical Fellow and Vice President, Business DevelopmentJacobs Aerospace & Technology
  12. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Budget/Policy Update

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

    • Moderator: Robert DeGrasse Vice President Government AffairsBechtel Corporation
    • Rebecca Hersman Director, Project on Nuclear Issues, and Senior Adviser, International Security ProgramCenter for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
  13. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Networking Break

    CSRA
  14. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

    Nuclear Deterrence in the 3rd Decade of Stockpile Stewardship

    In addition to emerging global threats, the NNSA and the Nuclear Weapons Laboratories face significant mission challenges including aging infrastructure, governance, contract transitions, and complex construction projects. Los Alamos National Laboratory continually faces many if not all of these challenges. We are fortunate to have the current Laboratory Director, Terry Wallace, who is a second-generation Los Alamos employee who will offer his perspective on how the Laboratory is responding to these challenges.

  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.

  16. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    Opening Welcome Reception

    SOC LLC
* Denotes an invited speaker

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

    Huntington Ingalls Industries
    • Keynote: Steven C. Erhart Acting Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and AdministratorNational Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
    • Moderator: Michael Lempke President, Nuclear and Environmental GroupHuntington Ingalls Industries
  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 and Chief Development OfficerTechSource, Inc.
    • Michael A. Thompson Assistant Deputy Administrator for Major Modernization ProgramsNational Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
    • Dr. Charles Verdon Principal Associate Director for Weapons & Complex IntegrationLawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • Dr. Robert Webster Principal Associate Director for the Weapons ProgramLos Alamos National Laboratory
  4. 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

    Networking Break

    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: Dr. Peter Rizik Senior Executive, Strategic SystemsGeneral Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Col. Jason B. Avram Chief Force Protection DivisionU.S. Air Force
    • James J. McConnell Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure and OperationsNational Nuclear Security Administration
    • David B. McDarby Deputy Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear SecurityNational 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.

    • Moderator: Chris Schneidmiller Editor in ChiefExchangeMonitor Publications & Forums
    • Jay Tilden Associate Administrator and Deputy Under Secretary for Counter Terrorism & Counter ProliferationNational Nuclear Security Administration
    • James F. McDonnell Acting Assistant Secretary for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) OfficeU.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Eleanor (Elly) Melamed Acting Assistant Deputy Administrator for the Office of Global Material Security (GMS)National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  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 RelationsCB&I Project Services Group
    • Major General Julie Bentz Vice Director for Plans and ProgramsDefense Threat Reduction Agency, U.S. Department of Defense
    • James R. Howe Vice President, Threats, Technology, and Future RequirementsVision Centric, Inc
    • Heather K. Looney DOE/NNSA Visiting Faculty MemberNational Defense University
    • Paul Longsworth Vice PresidentFluor Federal Services
  9. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Networking Break

    Leidos
  10. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

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

    SOC LLC

    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.

  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.

    • Moderator: Peter Huessy PresidentGeoStrategic Analysis
    • Major General Roger W. Burg Former Commander, 20th Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command, and former Commander, Task Force 214, U.S. Strategic CommandU.S. Air Force
    • John Harvey Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense ProgramsU.S. Department of Defense
    • Thomas Karako Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense ProjectCenter for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
    • Dr. Robert M. Soofer Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense PolicyU.S. Department of Defense
  12. 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

    Networking Reception

    General Dynamics Mission Systems
* Denotes an invited speaker

Thursday | February 22

  1. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  2. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Congressional Outlook

    In this 'Chatham House Rules' discussion, panelists will provide a policy and budget outlook for the near- and long-term as they discuss the congressional views of the administration’s nuclear policy priorities for the DOD and DOE.

    • Moderator: Robert DeGrasse Vice President Government AffairsBechtel Corporation
    • Adam DeMella Professional Staff, Committee on AppropriationsU.S. Senate
    • Christopher T. Hanson Professional Staff, Committee on AppropriationsU.S. Senate
    • Leonor Tomero Counsel, Armed Services CommitteeU.S. House of Representatives
    • Drew Walter Professional Staff Member, Armed Services CommitteeU.S. House of Representatives
  3. 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

    Networking Break

    Systems Planning and Analysis
  4. 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

    Nuclear Posture Review: Perspective from Department of Defense

    Secretary Roberts will address issues related to the recently-released Nuclear Posture Review and its impact on the activities of his office.

  5. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    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.

  6. 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM

    Summit Adjourns

* Denotes an invited speaker