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, including:
8:30am - 8:40am
V. Brian D’Andrea, President and CEO
8:40am - 9:15am
Upgrading Equipment and Technology Dealing with the Safety Envelope
James McConnell, Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure and Operations, National Nuclear Security Administration
9:15am - 10:00am
Dave Olsen, Executive Vice President, NNSA Capital Projects/Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
10:00am - 10:15am
10:15am - 11:00am
Leveraging Existing Partners and their Resources
Kelly Beierschmitt, Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations, Los Alamos National Laboratory
11:00am - 11:40am
Evolving Workforce Capabilities and Capacity
Don Trost, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer
11:40am - 12:00noon
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
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
General Huser has been tasked with leading the team that directs the Stockpile Stewardship Program, which is responsible for maintaining the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.. This session will discuss the progress of the weapons programs, plus the state of the weapons labs and the production complex.
Budget and Policy Perspectives on Defense Department Strategic Nuclear Deterrence Modernization
The House Defense Appropriations bill has been marked in Committee. The Senate National Defense Authorization Act, calling for a Nuclear Posture Review for the next 5-10 years, is headed to the Senate Floor. The Nuclear Posture Review is in full swing at DOD and NNSA. Our Defense Department experts will take a deeper dive into what we can anticipate for the remainder of 2021 and expectations for the first term of the Biden Administration on the future of U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence.
Remarks from Sen. Deb Fischer
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?