2020 Agenda

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Tuesday | February 11

The Nuclear Weapons Enterprise - Looking Back and Looking Forward

Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM| Tuesday, February 11
Whether you are new to the enterprise or an old hand from the complex, it's important to know where you came from and understand where you are going. The Nuclear Enterprise is a complex organization with moving parts, people and policies. This interactive workshop will walk you through the program's history and discuss the necessary knowledge management needed to reinvigorate the stockpile stewardship program into its next phase to attract new talent, elevate expertise and ensure stability. The discussion, led by seasoned veterans, will include presentations of the program's evolution since the Cold War to the present challenges to maintain a strong, safe and effective nuclear deterrence.


Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM| Tuesday, February 11

Welcome and Introductions

Time: 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM| Tuesday, February 11

Updates from National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Leadership

Time: 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM| Tuesday, February 11
NNSA faces increasing challenges on all fronts. From maintaining a safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapons stockpile in a smaller, safer and less expensive nuclear weapons complex, to ensuring enough qualified nuclear physicists, engineers and technicians are working in the nuclear weapons enterprise. How does NNSA leadership intend to tackle these and other pressing issues this year and beyond?

Support the Mission: NNSA Administrator's Governance and Management Framework

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM| Tuesday, February 11
The United States no longer needs its large Cold War nuclear arsenal, or the expansive Cold War nuclear weapons complex that supported that arsenal. Much of the complex has not aged well, and decisions need to be made on what are the most necessary facilities, as well as prioritizing renovations and upgrades of buildings. An enormous backlog of deferred maintenance developed over the past decade without being addressed, and needs urgent attention. What is the current thinking on right-sizing the nuclear weapons enterprise, while maintaining high efficiency and capabilities needed to support national security needs? What will the enterprise look like in 10 years?

Networking Break

Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM| Tuesday, February 11

Updates from National Lab Directors

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM| Tuesday, February 11
The three NNSA nuclear weapons labs perform vital functions, including keeping the U.S. nuclear stockpile safe, secure and reliable, while investing in cutting edge science, all while providing independent work and advice to senior government leaders. The three lab directors will discuss how they are meeting the NNSA Administrator's charge to deliver an adaptive, agile, responsive and resilient national security enterprise while addressing key challenges like an aging workforce, capitalizing existing infrastructure, enhancing cyber security and working as an integrated team between sites and with NNSA.

Networking Reception

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM| Tuesday, February 11

Wednesday | February 12


Time: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM| Wednesday, February 12

Networking Breakfast

Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM| Wednesday, February 12

Updates from Office of Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Time: 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM| Wednesday, February 12
How will NNSA's Office of Defense Programs work with the nuclear weapons laboratories and production sites to ensure a safe, secure and reliable stockpile --without underground nuclear testing -- as Congress resists long-planned increases to the Defense Programs budget? Is NNSA on track to produce the DoD-required 80 plutonium pits a year in 11 years, by 2030?

Perspectives on NNSA Site Operations

Time: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM| Wednesday, February 12
NNSA's test and production sites are face challenges supporting the stockpile and the nuclear security enterprise. How will the sites recruit, train and retain the skilled workers? How will the sites secure supplies of strategic materials, including high explosives, tritium, uranium and plutonium? Key leaders from across the complex will discuss these and other priorities.

Networking Break

Time: 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM| Wednesday, February 12

Updates from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DFNSB)

Time: 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM| Wednesday, February 12
As the DNFSB performs its critical mission of overseeing defense nuclear facilities and work, it is also working through jurisdictional disagreements with the Department of Energy. How can DNFSB and DOE cooperate more, while minimizing cost and schedule risks to the nuclear weapons enterprise?

Networking Lunch

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

Strategic Materials Missions

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM| Wednesday, February 12
Challenges abound for strategic materials -- plutonium, uranium, tritium and lithium -- at the NNSAThe plutonium mission has changed;The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility is no longer the preferred disposition pathway for surplus plutonium, but will play a part in the effort to establish a modern plutonium pit complex. Other strategic materials have gotten a fresh look to ensure a steady supply always exists. How do we sustain investments in new and existing facilities? How will modernization, sustainment, and technology maturation look over the next 10 years?

NNSA Weapons Update

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM| Wednesday, February 12
What changes are expected this year in the science, engineering and advanced computing programs? As the national laboratories support NNSA's mission, how much work can be outsourced and how much should be self-performed, or insourced? What is the status of the refurbishments and modifications of B61, W76, W80, W87, and W88 weapons systems?

Networking Break

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM| Wednesday, February 12

International Threats and Policy

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM| Wednesday, February 12
As Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and other countries pursue policies contrary to the strategic interests of the United States and our allies, what are the best approaches to countering international threats in today's complex global security environment?


Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM| Wednesday, February 12

Thursday | February 13


Time: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM| Thursday, February 13

Networking Breakfast

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

Morning Plenary Session

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

Budget and Policy Update

Time: 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM| Thursday, February 13
What will Congress do with NNSA's latest budget request? In the 2020 budget cycle, the House resisted some long-contemplated increases to NNSA's top line, as envisioned in 2016 at the start of the current modernization-and-maintenance cycle.

Networking Break

Time: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM| Thursday, February 13

Weapons Modernization Update and Concurrent Developments at Home and Abroad

Time: 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM| Thursday, February 13

Closing Plenary Session

Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM| Thursday, February 13

Conference ends

Time: 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM| Thursday, February 13

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