2019 Agenda

Join us February 12-14, 2019
as we explore the theme Accomplish the Mission and Identify New Opportunities. Check the agenda frequently as we are regularly adding new speakers!

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Tuesday | February 12

  1. 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
    Welcome & IntroductionsCommonwealth Ballroom
  2. 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
    Opening KeynoteCommonwealth Ballroom

    Hear the latest priorities on NNSA’s FY2019 mission activities, including its current efforts to maintain the nuclear stockpile, prevent proliferation and power the nuclear Navy.

    • William (Ike) White Chief of Staff and Associate Principal Deputy Administrator National Nuclear Security Administration
    • Moderator: Karen Wiemelt Senior Vice President and General Manager,North American Nuclear Business Unit Jacobs
  3. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Nuclear Threats and International PolicyCommonwealth Ballroom

    This session will discuss the broad spectrum of threats and opportunities affecting U.S. and international security, and the technological and policy tools with which the United States can respond to them.

    • Ian Williams Fellow, International Security Program and Deputy Director, Missile Defense Project Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
  4. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Networking BreakAssembly Foyer
    University of California
  5. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Legislative Perspectives on Budget and Policy InitiativesCommonwealth Ballroom

    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.

    • Moderator: Robert DeGrasse Vice President Government Affairs Bechtel Corporation
    • Adam DeMella Professional Staff, Committee on Appropriations U.S. Senate
    • Christopher T. Hanson Professional Staff, Committee on Appropriations U.S. Senate
    • Sarah Minerio Staff Lead for Strategic Forces U.S. House of Representatives
    • Leonor Tomero Counsel, Armed Services Committee U.S. House of Representatives
  6. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Perspectives on Weapons Lab GovernanceCommonwealth Ballroom

    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.

  7. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Opening ReceptionGalaxy Ballroom
    Longenecker & Associates, Inc.

Wednesday | February 13

  1. 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
    Registration OpenAssembly Foyer
    General Dynamics
  2. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Networking BreakfastAssembly Foyer
  3. 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
    NNSA Office of Defense Programs: Implementing a Responsive and Resilient Enterprise to Meet Current and Future RequirementsCommonwealth Ballroom
    Huntington Ingalls Industries

    • Charles P. Verdon, PhD Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs National Nuclear Security Administration
    • Moderator: Michael Lempke President, Nuclear and Environmental Group Huntington Ingalls Industries
  4. 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
    NNSA Weapons Activities UpdateCommonwealth Ballroom

    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: Brian D'Andrea President and CEO TechSource, Inc.
    • Kimberly S. Budil, PhD Principal Associate Director for Weapons and Complex Integration Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • John Evans Acting Assistant Deputy Administrator for Stockpile Management, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
    • Robert Webster Principal Associate Director for the Weapons Program Los Alamos National Laboratory
  5. 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
    Networking BreakAssembly Foyer
    Tlingit Haida Tribal Business Corporation
  6. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
    The Path to Mission Delivery: A Workforce DiscussionCommonwealth Ballroom

    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.

    • Moderator: Elizabeth Porter Senior Vice President, Federal Energy & Environment Leidos
    • Teresa M. Robbins Deputy Manager for Production Office (NPO) National Nuclear Security Administration
    • Rapinder Sawhney, PhD Distinguished Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering University of Tennessee-Knoxville
    • Morgan Smith President and Chief Executive Officer Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC
  7. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Networking LunchCommonwealth Ballroom
  8. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Savannah River Site Update and FutureCommonwealth Ballroom

    This session will discuss priorities and expectations for this site’s critical weapons mission.

    • Jack R. Craig, Jr. Vice President, Strategic Programs ATKINS
    • Douglas J. Dearolph Vice President, Independent Performance Assurance, Nuclear & Environmenal Group, Technical Solutions Division Huntington Ingalls Industries
    • J. Gregory Meyer Senior Vice President, Operations, Environmental & Nuclear Fluor
    • Rick Osbon Mayor City of Aiken, SC
    • Moderator: Mark Whitney Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nuclear & Environmental AECOM
  9. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Ensuring Infrastructure Investment and RecapitalizationCommonwealth Ballroom

    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.

    • Christopher R. Kirchoff Sr. Director, Federal Energy, Strategy and Development General Dynamics
    • Barton Barnhart, P.E., PMP, CFM Director, Infrastructure Management and Disposition Policy Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
    • James J. McConnell Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure and Operations National Nuclear Security Administration
    • Peggy McCullough General Manager Nuclear Security & Operations Bechtel Corporation
  10. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Networking BreakAssembly Foyer
    Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.
  11. 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
    Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Activities UpdateCommonwealth Ballroom

    Update on DNFSB activities for public health and safety protection at nuclear facilities.

  12. 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Site Perspectives: Delivering on the Priorities of the Nuclear Posture ReviewCommonwealth Ballroom

    Leaders from Y-12, Pantex, the Nevada National Security Site, the Kansas City National Security Campus 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.

    • Moderator: Christine Gelles Senior Vice President, Operations Longenecker & Associates, Inc.
    • Stuart MacVean President and Chief Executive Officer Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
    • Mark W. Martinez President Mission Support and Test Services, LLC
    • John Ricciardelli President Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies
    • Morgan Smith President and Chief Executive Officer Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC
  13. 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Networking ReceptionAssembly Foyer

Thursday | February 14

  1. 7:30 AM – 12:15 PM
    Registration OpenAssembly Foyer
    General Dynamics
  2. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Networking BreakfastAssembly Foyer
    Northrop Grumman
  3. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Developing an Effective and Responsive Strategic Materials InfrastructureCommonwealth Ballroom

    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.

    • Kelly Cummins Program Executive Officer for Strategic Materials National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
    • Peter Fanta Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Matters U.S. Department of Defense
    • Kenneth B. Sheely Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure, NA-52 National Nuclear Security Administration
    • Moderator: Bryan K. Wilkes Vice President Strategic Engagement and External Relations CB&I Project Services Group
  4. 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Networking BreakAssembly Foyer
  5. 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
    Weapons Modernization ActivitiesCommonwealth Ballroom

    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.

    • Lt. General Richard D. Clark Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration U.S. Air Force
    • Moderator: Peter Huessy Senior Defense Consultant, Air Force Assn., and President GeoStrategic Analysis
  6. 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
    International Perceptions of the US Nuclear DeterrentCommonwealth Ballroom
    Boeing Defense & Space Group

    • The Honorable Guy B. Roberts Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs U.S. Department of Defense
    • Moderator: Richard Choppa Program Director, Missile and Weapon Systems Boeing Defense & Space Group
  7. 12:15 PM – 12:15 PM
    Conference Adjourns

*Agenda is subject to change