2018 Agenda

Tuesday | February 20

  1. 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Breakfast and Registration
  2. 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Preconference Workshop: Counter-Proliferation as the Third Pillar to Deterrence (separate registration required)
    TechSource, Inc.

    Nuclear strategic deterrence and nonproliferation, along with missile defense and consequence management, are usually considered the mainstays of our nation’s nuclear deterrence strategy. However, strategic deterrence (and missile defense) is not effective against a non-attributable nuclear attack, and nonproliferation will not always succeed. A broader deterrence vision that explicitly includes and elevates the importance of nuclear counterproliferation (NCP) – as the third pillar of a nuclear deterrence strategy - is required for what many consider our most likely nuclear threats. We will broadly examine the threat spectrum and current US nuclear strategy, initially examine current and potential counterproliferation efforts within the NNSA and the three nuclear national laboratories, and then open the discussion to the broader NCP community. Pre-registration for this workshop is required.

  3. 8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
    Welcome and Introductions

  4. 8:40 AM – 9:15 AM
    Keynote Presentation

    Nuclear strategic deterrence and nonproliferation, along with missile defense and consequence management, are usually considered the mainstays of our nation’s nuclear deterrence strategy. However, strategic deterrence (and missile defense) is not effective against a non-attributable nuclear attack, and nonproliferation will not always succeed. A broader deterrence vision that explicitly includes and elevates the importance of nuclear counterproliferation – as the third pillar of nuclear deterrence strategy - is required for what many consider our most likely nuclear threats. We will broadly examine the threat spectrum and current US nuclear strategy and emphasis, and then focus on current and potential counterproliferation efforts within the NNSA and the three nuclear national laboratories.

    • Chair: Doug Anson Counterproliferation Domain Lead TechSource, Inc.
  5. 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
    Networking Break
  6. 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    NNSA-National Laboratory Initiatives

    Panelists will discuss current counterproliferation activities and constraints within their organizations, and potential NNSA and national laboratory efforts that could bolster the nation’s ability to defeat the development and/or use of nuclear weapons and improvised nuclear devices by state proliferators and sub-national organizations (at the unclassified level).

    • Facilitator: Doug Anson Counterproliferation Domain Lead TechSource, Inc.
    • Jay Tilden Associate Administrator and Deputy Under Secretary for Counter Terrorism & Counter Proliferation National Nuclear Security Administration
    • G. Andrew (Andy) Erickson Deputy Principal Associate Director for Global Security Programs  Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Doug Bruder Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Associate Labs Director Sandia National Laboratories
    • Bradley K. Wallin Program Manager, Nuclear Threat Reduction Program National Nuclear Security Administration
  7. 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
    Networking Break
  8. 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
    Panel Q&A
  9. 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
    Path Forward: Next Conversation, Other Agency Comments

    The final session will expand the discussion beyond NNSA and the national laboratories to other departments and agencies involved in the counterproliferation mission. Non-NNSA organizations are encouraged to share their views on national nuclear strategy, and their perspective on the role of NNSA and the national laboratories in this mission space. We will also solicit input from all attendees regarding future counterproliferation workshop subjects.

    • Facilitator: Doug Anson Counterproliferation Domain Lead TechSource, Inc.
    • Wendin D. Smith, PhD Senior Policy Advisor to the Commanding General, USSOCOM U.S. Department of Defense
  10. 11:45 AM – 11:50 AM
    Wrap up and Closing Remarks

  11. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    2018 Nuclear Deterrence Summit Opening Keynote Address
    Jacobs

    • Thomas M. Countryman Chairman, Board of Directors Arms Control Association
    • Moderator: David Elrod Technical Fellow and Vice President, Business Development Jacobs Aerospace & Technology
  12. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Budget/Policy Update

    This session will review the current administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, specifically major changes in nuclear policy, as well as the White House’s fiscal 2019 budget request for the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration and Department of Defense.

    • Moderator: Robert DeGrasse Vice President Government Affairs Bechtel Corporation
    • Rebecca Hersman Director, Project on Nuclear Issues, and Senior Adviser, International Security Program Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
  13. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Networking Break
    CSRA
  14. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Nuclear Deterrence in the 3rd Decade of Stockpile Stewardship

    In addition to emerging global threats, the NNSA and the Nuclear Weapons Laboratories face significant mission challenges including aging infrastructure, governance, contract transitions, and complex construction projects. Los Alamos National Laboratory continually faces many if not all of these challenges. We are fortunate to have the current Laboratory Director, Terry Wallace, who is a second-generation Los Alamos employee who will offer his perspective on how the Laboratory is responding to these challenges.

  15. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Addressing the Evolving Cyber Security Threat

    The cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. The Department of Energy faces distinct challenges in securing an energy infrastructure that has aging equipment and in many cases is privately owned. This provides unique challenges, but DOE also has unique resources within its national labs to address these challenges.

    • Moderator: Elizabeth Porter Senior Vice President, Federal Energy & Environment Leidos
    • Todd Eckman Vice President, Information Management Mission Support Alliance, LLC
    • Angela Heise President, Civil Group Leidos
    • Max Everett Chief Information Officer U.S. Department of Energy
  16. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Opening Welcome Reception
    SOC LLC

Wednesday | February 21

  1. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Networking Breakfast
  2. 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
    2018 Priorities for the National Nuclear Security AdministrationKeynote Introduction provided by:

    Huntington Ingalls Industries

    • Keynote: Steven C. Erhart Acting Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
    • Moderator: Michael Lempke President, Nuclear and Environmental Group Huntington Ingalls Industries
  3. 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
    NNSA Weapons Activities Update

    This session will offer an update on the NNSA’s warhead refurbishment activities, including an assessment of the progress of each life-extension program and its cost and schedule targets.

    • Moderator: Donald Trost Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer TechSource, Inc.
    • Michael A. Thompson Assistant Deputy Administrator for Major Modernization Programs National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
    • Dr. Charles Verdon Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs National Nuclear Security Administration
    • Dr. Robert Webster Principal Associate Director for the Weapons Program Los Alamos National Laboratory
  4. 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
    Networking Break
    BWX Technologies
  5. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
    Infrastructure Modernization Project Management

    Although challenges of major construction projects across DOE/DoD sites are present, continued program acquisition progress is a sign that steps are being taken to modernize the aging infrastructure of critical pieces of the nuclear triad. To contain life-cycle costs, it is important to plan for upgrades in a synchronous manner. Implementation of modularization and common designs are used in construction to meet requirements and contain costs. For the physical security systems and command and control systems that assure the security of nuclear materials and weapons, the government and industry face continued challenges in containing costs of technology upgrades, identifying obsolescence, maintenance, and cyber defense. Please join this panel of industry and government executives to discuss how they are facing these challenges.

    • Moderator: Dr. Peter Rizik Senior Executive, Strategic Systems General Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Col. Jason B. Avram Chief Force Protection Division U.S. Air Force
    • James J. McConnell Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure and Operations National Nuclear Security Administration
    • David B. McDarby Deputy Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  6. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Networking Lunch
  7. 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
    Countering Nuclear Smuggling and Terrorism

    Officials will discuss approaches to combatting nuclear smuggling and nuclear terrorism, including: use of technologies and operations to detect nuclear materials and nuclear devices and identify their points of origin; coordination with federal, state, and local partners; and collaborative efforts with international partners.

    • Moderator: Chris Schneidmiller Editor in Chief ExchangeMonitor Publications & Forums
    • Jay Tilden Associate Administrator and Deputy Under Secretary for Counter Terrorism & Counter Proliferation National Nuclear Security Administration
    • James F. McDonnell Acting Assistant Secretary for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Eleanor (Elly) Melamed Acting Assistant Deputy Administrator for the Office of Global Material Security (GMS) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  8. 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
    Proliferation Challenges: North Korea, China, Russia, and Iran

    Every month seems to present a new national security challenge to the United States and its allies. Concerns about technology and ballistic missile networks between North Korea, Iran, and China seem to increase, while the threat from North Korea appears greater with every missile test. Meanwhile, the Russian bear continues to flex its muscles. The future of strategic stability within the U.S.-Russian arms control regime is now a top priority. What is the future for NATO allies and their role under the U.S. nuclear umbrella? Panelists will discuss nuclear sharing, extended deterrence in Asia and Europe, emerging regional threats, and NATO perspectives on the Russian nuclear threat.

    • Moderator: Bryan K. Wilkes Vice President Strategic Engagement and External Relations CB&I Project Services Group
    • Major General Julie Bentz Vice Director for Plans and Programs Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U.S. Department of Defense
    • James R. Howe Vice President, Threats, Technology, and Future Requirements Vision Centric, Inc
    • Heather K. Looney DOE/NNSA Visiting Faculty Member National Defense University
    • Paul Longsworth Vice President Fluor Federal Services
  9. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Networking Break
    Leidos
  10. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Nuclear Security: Prevention-Based Strategies for Today's Risks
    SOC LLC

    Nuclear installations invest heavily in physical and operational security designed to defeat external threats. The spectrum of current and future threats can be much more complex and nuanced. Are we protecting our facilities from yesterday's threats and missing the real risks? This panel of international risk management experts examines the efficacy of new approaches to safeguarding nuclear facilities in an ever-changing threat environment to look at how we anticipate and account for these emerging security risks, and how we can better understand our vulnerabilities to build stronger security systems and approaches.

  11. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Nuclear Triad Modernization

    Strategic forces leadership will address U.S. nuclear modernization priorities, including the Navy’s progress on the new Columbia-class submarine, the Air Force’s Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, and the need for a new strategic nuclear bomber and long-range cruise missile. This session will also cover the latest cost and schedule estimates for each program, as well as any congressional pushback to certain programs and funding levels.

    • Moderator: Peter Huessy President GeoStrategic Analysis
    • Major General Roger W. Burg Former Commander, 20th Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command, and former Commander, Task Force 214, U.S. Strategic Command U.S. Air Force
    • John Harvey Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs U.S. Department of Defense
    • Thomas Karako Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
    • Dr. Robert M. Soofer Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy U.S. Department of Defense
  12. 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Networking Reception
    General Dynamics Mission Systems

Thursday | February 22

  1. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Networking Breakfast
  2. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Congressional Outlook

    In this 'Chatham House Rules' discussion, panelists will provide a policy and budget outlook for the near- and long-term as they discuss the congressional views of the administration’s nuclear policy priorities for the DOD and DOE.

    • Moderator: Robert DeGrasse Vice President Government Affairs Bechtel Corporation
    • Adam DeMella Professional Staff, Committee on Appropriations U.S. Senate
    • Christopher T. Hanson Professional Staff, Committee on Appropriations U.S. Senate
    • Leonor Tomero Counsel, Armed Services Committee U.S. House of Representatives
    • Drew Walter Professional Staff Member, Armed Services Committee U.S. House of Representatives
  3. 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
    Networking Break
    Systems Planning and Analysis
  4. 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
    Nuclear Posture Review: Perspective from Department of Defense

    Secretary Roberts will address issues related to the recently-released Nuclear Posture Review and its impact on the activities of his office.

    • Moderator: Robert DeGrasse Vice President Government Affairs Bechtel Corporation
    • The Honorable Guy B. Roberts Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs U.S. Department of Defense
  5. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    The Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Stockpile: Issues and Opportunities

    The U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile has proven to be a reliable deterrent over the decades. While the nature of our national security threats has changed in that time, the need for a stockpile hasn’t. Our nuclear arsenal is at its lowest levels in many years, but as a new Nuclear Posture Review is being conducted, Note that this might be finished by the time of the event.some are calling for an increase while others a continued decrease in the number of strategic weapons. In this session we will look at the history of our stockpile, where we are today, and where the stockpile should go in the future, both in numbers and technology.

    • Moderator: Bryan K. Wilkes Vice President Strategic Engagement and External Relations CB&I Project Services Group
    • Ambassador Linton F. Brooks Former Administrator National Nuclear Security Administration
    • Kelly Cummins Associate Assistant Deputy Administrator National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
    • Paul Longsworth Vice President Fluor Federal Services
  6. 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
    Summit Adjourns