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Tuesday | February 12

Registration Open

Time: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM| Tuesday, February 12

Welcome & Introductions

Time: 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM| Tuesday, February 12

Opening Keynote

Time: 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM| Tuesday, February 12

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

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM| Tuesday, February 12
This session will discuss the threats and opportunities shaping global security policies, and how the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise can support those policies.

Networking Break

Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM| Tuesday, February 12

Legislative Perspectives on Budget and Policy Initiatives

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM| Tuesday, February 12

Perspectives on Weapons Lab Governance

Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM| Tuesday, February 12

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.

Opening Reception

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM| Tuesday, February 12

Wednesday | February 13

Registration Open

Time: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM| Wednesday, February 13

Networking Breakfast

Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM| Wednesday, February 13

NNSA Office of Defense Programs: Implementing a Responsive and Resilient Enterprise to Meet Current and Future Requirements

Time: 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM| Wednesday, February 13

NNSA Weapons Activities Update

Time: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM| Wednesday, February 13

Networking Break

Time: 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM| Wednesday, February 13

The Path to Mission Delivery: A Workforce Discussion

Time: 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM| Wednesday, February 13

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.

Networking Lunch

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM| Wednesday, February 13

Savannah River Site Update and Future

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM| Wednesday, February 13

Ensuring Infrastructure Investment and Recapitalization

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM| Wednesday, February 13

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.

Networking Break

Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM| Wednesday, February 13

Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Activities Update

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM| Wednesday, February 13

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

Site Perspectives: Delivering on the Priorities of the Nuclear Posture Review

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM| Wednesday, February 13

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. 

Networking Reception

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM| Wednesday, February 13

Thursday | February 14

Registration Open

Time: 7:30 AM - 12:15 PM| Thursday, February 14

Networking Breakfast

Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM| Thursday, February 14

Developing an Effective and Responsive Strategic Materials Infrastructure

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM| Thursday, February 14

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.  


Networking Break

Time: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM| Thursday, February 14

Weapons Modernization Activities

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM| Thursday, February 14

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. 

International Perceptions of the US Nuclear Deterrent

Time: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM| Thursday, February 14

Conference Adjourns

Time: 12:15 PM - 12:15 PM| Thursday, February 14

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