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Tuesday | February 11

The Nuclear Weapons Enterprise - Looking Back and Looking Forward

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM| Tuesday, February 11
This seminar will take a look at the Weapons Complex from the Manhattan Project to today with projections of what the future holds in store. The speakers have all been engaged in the enterprise for the last 30 years or more and bring both a perspective of how we got where we are today and a vision for what the future needs to be. This is intended to be an interactive session, encouraging attendees to challenge the assumptions, put forth their own views, and help further the important debate about the future of the nuclear deterrent.

Opening Remarks, introduction of the other speakers

Time: 8:00 AM - 8:20 AM| Tuesday, February 11
A look at how the world has changed since the end of WWII, how technology has changed and the contrast with how weapons have had relatively minor changes over that same period; a brief description of the rest of the morning and introductions of the other panel members.

From Three Sites to Many--The Growth of the Complex from the Manhattan Project to the End of the Cold War

Time: 8:20 AM - 9:00 AM| Tuesday, February 11
This can be a discussion of what George did in writing his book, but focused on how the complex grew into what we came to recognize as the manufacturing and scientific center that produced over 1000 weapons a year.

End of the Cold War, End of Production, Underground Testing and the Emergence of Stockpile Stewardship

Time: 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM| Tuesday, February 11
The changes in the enterprise that resulted in downsizing of the stockpile, emergence of Stockpile Stewardship and the shrinking of the Nuclear Weapons Enterprise.

Networking Break

Time: 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM| Tuesday, February 11

The Future--Challenges Today and into the Future

Time: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM| Tuesday, February 11
Discussion of the challenges facing the enterprise today and the path forward for the next decade or more. How we will address Knowledge retention and meet emerging threats and potential surprises.

Audience Q&A - Open Discussion

Time: 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM| Tuesday, February 11

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