Tuesday | August 03
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Bridging Gaps and Overcoming Challenges Emerging in the NSE Nuclear Modernization Effort
Nuclear modernization requires unprecedented action to meet critical mission schedules and achieve extensive infrastructure improvements. This seminar offers a deep dive into the innovative management and operations strategies, approaches, and best practices from throughout the NSE to meet schedule and mission requirements. Speakers will discuss mission challenges, operational barriers, and share success stories associated with:
● Evolving Workforce Capabilities and Capacity
● Leveraging Existing Partners and their Resources
● Upgrading Equipment and Technology
● Testing and Evaluation of Components
● Sourcing Strategically and Supply Chain Surety
● Engaging Critical Suppliers
This exclusive, interactive session will provide attendees the opportunity to share viewpoints, challenge assumptions, and discuss the lessons learned that bridge gaps and overcome barriers with regard to nuclear modernization.
OPENING KEYNOTE: Updates from National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Leadership
Acquisition and Project Management Updates and Lessons Learned
Updates from National Lab Directors
The three lab directors will discuss how they are delivering an adaptive, agile, responsive and resilient national security enterprise while addressing key challenges such as navigating the long-term operational impacts of COVID, managing complex interfaces amidst a range of critical program priorities, remote working, an aging workforce, capitalizing existing infrastructure, enhancing cyber security and working as an integrated team between sites and with NNSA.
Wednesday | August 04
Plenary Session: Nonproliferation and arms control trends changing the international landscape Kasia Mendelsohn, Acting Deputy Administrator, Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, NNSA
U.S. nonproliferation and arms control efforts are a critical component of the country’s nuclear deterrent. Today, these efforts are more necessary than ever, needed to address the continued challenges posed by Iran and North Korea, emerging and disruptive technologies altering the proliferation equation, and helping nuclear power securely meet climate change challenges. What are the most salient trends impacting global nuclear security, nonproliferation, and arms control today, and what emerging priorities should the United States most focus on?
Perspectives on NNSA Site Operations
Strategic Materials Update
NNSA Weapons Directors Update
Nuclear Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation
The Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation is responsible for the knowledge, capabilities, and partnerships that underpin DOE and NNSA’s nuclear incident preparedness and response mission. How do we assess the current global risk of nuclear terrorism and how do we weigh that risk assessment with the capabilities and readiness needed to respond to the full possible range of nuclear or radiological emergencies — human-made or otherwise — in the United States and across the globe?
The Cyber Security Challenges with Nuclear Weapons Production
Investment into cybersecurity infrastructure across the DOE nuclear security enterprise is complicated by the need to efficiently connect the various computing assets that support mission requirements. This panel explores how future cybersecurity infrastructure investments are best leveraged in an environment that includes large numbers of endpoints and sensitive mission areas. The requirements are also challenged by an evolving threat environment. NNSA and other stakeholders at specific sites will offer their perspectives about how to best leverage infrastructure budgets.
Thursday | August 05
Morning Plenary Session
Budget and Policy Update; Capitol Hill Perspective
Join key decisionmakers and stakeholders for a discussion on the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, Initiatives and Policies concerning our nation’s strategic nuclear deterrent.
Strategic Nuclear Deterrence Modernization
Strategic nuclear deterrence has been the bedrock of the United States national security for over 75 years. Maintaining the nuclear triad, nuclear weapons enterprise and the nuclear command, control and communications—together—will continue to keep America and our Allies safe from another World War. What is required to ensure we continue to modernize our nuclear assets and infrastructure?
NNSA’s Naval Reactors Program is responsible for the safe and reliable nuclear propulsion systems for the Navy’s nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. The program is developing new technologies that will improve reactor performance and reliability, and it continues reviewing best ways to handle spent nuclear fuel. What are the most important issues facing Naval Reactors over the next 10 years and how are they preparing for those challenges?