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Tuesday | February 12
Welcome & Introductions
Hear the latest priorities on NNSA’s FY2019 mission activities, including its current efforts to maintain the nuclear stockpile, prevent nonproliferation and power the nuclear Navy.
Nuclear Threats and International Policy
Legislative Perspectives on Budget and Policy Initiatives
Panelists will provide a budget and policy outlook to identify short-term needs and long-term uncertainties for NNSA and DoD budgets as well as the administration’s nuclear policy priorities.
Perspectives on Weapons Lab Governance
National laboratory and NNSA leadership will discuss their approach to governance and how they are driving culture change to deliver on the vital national security missions at the NNSA nuclear weapons laboratories.
Wednesday | February 13
NNSA Office of Defense Programs: Implementing a Responsive and Resilient Enterprise to Meet Current and Future Requirements
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.
The Path to Mission Delivery: A Workforce Discussion
With a rising demand for mission production, and a decreasing skilled workforce, successful performance is at risk. Across the complex we are seeing more and more retirements across all skillsets, while the new generation is more digital and socially responsible than previous generations. This session will discuss how the DOE sites can continue to attract and retain the future workforce, the motivation of this new workforce and how policies and processes must evolve to make this successful, as well as budgetary adjustments required accommodate these changes if retraining and retaining is required.
Savannah River Site Update and Future
Ensuring Infrastructure Investment and Recapitalization
Investment into infrastructure across the DOE nuclear weapons complex is complicated not only by the large number of aging sites and facilities, but also the need to efficiently link assets to operational requirements. This panel explores how future infrastructure investment is best planned in the face of large numbers of assets of varying age and mission "connectedness,” but also how those investments are managed in the face of evolving missions. Perspectives from the NNSA and from other stakeholders working at specific sites may delineate differences in how to best manage infrastructure budgets.
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Activities Update
Update on DNFSB activities for public health and safety protection at nuclear facilities.
Site Perspectives: Delivering on the Priorities of the Nuclear Posture Review
Leaders from Y-12, Pantex, the Nevada National Security Site, the Kansas City Plant and the Savannah River Site will discuss maintaining the stockpile as Life Extension Program work grows and other new scope is added to meet the priorities of the Nuclear Posture Review.
Thursday | February 14
Developing an Effective and Responsive Strategic Materials Infrastructure
Implementing the Nuclear Posture Review through key investments for sustainability is key, as the weapons complex supports the stockpile in an increasingly uncertain future. The Nuclear Posture Review points out the need, and urgency, of a strong, responsive and updated infrastructure. Traditionally, the NNSA has neglected parts of the weapons complex infrastructure in favor of mission-driven programs and weapons. Now, NNSA leadership realizes the importance of building a successful and responsive infrastructure around all strategic nuclear materials necessary for a safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapons program. Our panelists will discuss the importance of strategic materials and the infrastructure around them, as well as the three pillars of each strategic material program.
Weapons Modernization Activities
Top strategic forces leadership and expert commentary 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 B-21 strategic nuclear bomber and long-range cruise missile. This session will also in part cover cost and schedule estimates for each program as well as arms control, allied relations and strategic stability connections to these nuclear modernization and sustainment efforts.