PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Bridging Gaps and Overcoming Challenges Emerging in the NSE Nuclear Modernization Effort
August 3rd, 2021 8:00AM - 12:00PM
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
August 3rd, 2021 1:15PM - 2:15PM
Despite a year of transitions, NNSA faces challenges on multiple fronts: from maintaining a safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapons stockpile, to recruiting and retaining a world class workforce for the Nuclear Security Enterprise. How does NNSA leadership intend to tackle these and other pressing issues to ensure America’s deterrent capability for the next generation?
|Mark Barth, PE, Vice President, Business Development, Nuclear Services Group, BWX Technologies, (Request - accepted)|
|Charles P. Verdon, PhD, Acting Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, Administrator (NNSA) and Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, (Request - accepted)|
Acquisition and Project Management Updates and Lessons Learned
August 3rd, 2021 2:15PM - 3:00PM
NNSA is managing a host of complex projects essential for modernizing the nation’s nuclear security infrastructure and assuring a reliable and effective deterrent. Yet like everywhere else, the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdowns posed challenges for NNSA to overcome. What lessons can be learned from that experience, and what does the future hold for project management at NNSA
|Robert B. Raines, Associate Administrator for Acquisition and Project Management, National Nuclear Security Administration, (Request - accepted)|
August 3rd, 2021 3:00PM - 3:30PM
Updates from National Lab Directors
August 3rd, 2021 3:30PM - 4:30PM
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.
|John Longenecker, President, Longenecker & Associates, Inc., (Request - accepted)|
|Kimberly S. Budil, PhD, Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, (Request - accepted)|
|Thomas Mason, PhD, Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory, (Request - accepted)|
|James S. Peery, Laboratories Director, Sandia National Laboratories, (Request - accepted)|
August 3rd, 2021 4:30PM - 4:30PM
August 4th, 2021 8:00AM - 9:00AM
Plenary Session: Nonproliferation and arms control trends changing the international landscape Kasia Mendelsohn, Acting Deputy Administrator, Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, NNSA
August 4th, 2021 9:00AM - 9:45AM
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?
|Kasia Mendelsohn, Acting Deputy Administrator, Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration, (Request - accepted)|
August 4th, 2021 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Perspectives on NNSA Site Operations
August 4th, 2021 10:30AM - 11:45AM
NNSA’s test and production sites are facing challenges supporting the stockpile and the nuclear security enterprise. How will the operating posture change in the wake of the COVID pandemic? How will the sites recruit, train and retain the skilled workers? Key leaders from across the complex will discuss these and other priorities.
|Christine Gelles, Senior Vice President, Operations, Longenecker & Associates, Inc., (Request - accepted)|
|Dennis Carr, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, (Request - accepted)|
|David (DJ) Johnson, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell Federal Solutions, (Request - accepted)|
|Mark W. Martinez, President, Mission Support and Test Services, LLC, (Request - accepted)|
|Michelle Reichert, Chief Operating Officer, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, (Request - accepted)|
|Eric Wollerman, President, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, (Request - accepted)|
August 4th, 2021 11:45AM - 12:30PM
August 4th, 2021 12:30PM - 1:15PM
Besides nuclear weapons themselves, nothing has been debated more over the past few years than plutonium pit production and pit production modernization. NNSA is building additional pit capacity to meet DoD and national security requirements, moving towards two pit production locations. Following federal law and DoD requirements, the goal is to produce 80 pits a year in 2030. How likely is this to happen – is NNSA on track to meet those requirements? If modernization or a second production site is stalled, what is the fallback plan?
|John Howanitz, General Manager, Nuclear Security & Operations Senior Vice President, Bechtel Nuclear, Security & Environmental, Bechtel Corporation, (Request - accepted)|
Strategic Materials Update
August 4th, 2021 1:15PM - 2:00PM
Construction of 21st century’s strategic materials infrastructure ground on during the pandemic, but will the new administration try to change the goal posts? Where do crucial plutonium, uranium, tritium and other materials programs stand after the added challenges of the past year? How will the sites secure supplies of strategic materials, including high explosives, tritium, uranium and plutonium?
|Cheryl Cabbil, Senior Vice President, Operations, Amentum, (Request - accepted)|
|J. Gregory Meyer, Senior Vice President, Operations, Environmental & Nuclear, Fluor, (Request - accepted)|
NNSA Weapons Directors Update
August 4th, 2021 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Warhead refurbishment activities are at the core of the three NNSA laboratories, and the first priority is to ensure the weapons stockpile is safe, secure and reliable. The weapons directors will discuss life extension programs and cost and budget issues associated with each
|Brian D'Andrea, President and Chief Executive Officer, TechSource, Inc., (Request - accepted)|
August 4th, 2021 3:00PM - 3:30PM
Nuclear Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation
August 4th, 2021 3:30PM - 4:15PM
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?
|Jay A. Tilden, Associate Administrator and Deputy Under Secretary for Counter Terrorism & Counter Proliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration, (Request - accepted)|
The Cyber Security Challenges with Nuclear Weapons Production
August 4th, 2021 4:15PM - 5:00PM
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.
August 4th, 2021 5:00PM - 5:00PM
August 5th, 2021 8:00AM - 9:00AM
Morning Plenary Session
August 5th, 2021 9:00AM - 9:45AM
Budget and Policy Update; Capitol Hill Perspective
August 5th, 2021 9:45AM - 10:30AM
Join key decisionmakers and stakeholders for a discussion on the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, Initiatives and Policies concerning our nation’s strategic nuclear deterrent.
August 5th, 2021 10:30AM - 10:45AM
Strategic Nuclear Deterrence Modernization
August 5th, 2021 10:45AM - 11:30AM
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?
August 5th, 2021 11:30AM - 12:30PM
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?
August 5th, 2021 12:30PM - 12:30PM