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2017 Agenda

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Tuesday | February 28

  1. 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM

    Opening Keynote Address: Beyond U.S. – Russia Arms Control

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    The relationship and strategic balance between the U.S. and Russia can be significantly influenced by arms control which has dominated much of the nuclear discussion. But U.S. extended deterrence and assurance for our allies; the rise of peer competitors; strategic stability; the early use of threatened use of nuclear weapons; and combating further proliferation are also critically important for U.S. policy to address. Arms control does not necessarily solve these issues or problems. This session will open with keynote remarks addressing these issues and in particular what the path forward should be for the United States and its allies in strategic nuclear modernization, the nuclear deterrent enterprise, including seeking strategic stability, enhanced capability, better deterrence and extended deterrence, non-and counter proliferation and the non-use of nuclear weapons in a crisis.

  2. 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

    Policy Outlook

    Panelists will discuss potential major nuclear deterrence policy and posture changes under a new administration in light of recent calls to adopt nuclear no-first-use, ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and cut some costly nuclear modernization programs such as the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM and Long-Range Standoff cruise missile. What are the implications of these potential changes for the new administration, and how likely is the president to consider them? Which options are available now?

    • Moderator - Keith B. PayneDepartment Head and Professor, Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic StudiesMissouri State University
    • James ActonCo-Director, Nuclear Policy ProgramCarnegie Endowment
    • Rebeccah L. HeinrichsFellowHudson Institute
  3. 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

    Networking Break

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  4. 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

    Budget Outlook

    Panelists will discuss the tradeoffs between nuclear modernization and maintenance, review the historical and current context of nuclear modernization in overall DoD and federal budgets, analyze the cost and impact of delays, address infrastructure and maintenance concerns in the nuclear enterprise, and forecast challenges and opportunities for the new president.

    • Moderator - Elizabeth PorterSenior Vice President, Federal Energy & EnvironmentLeidos
    • Michaela DodgeSenior Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign PolicyThe Heritage Foundation
    • Todd HarrisonDirector, Defense Budget Analysis, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security ProgramCenter for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
  5. 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

    Future of MOX

    In accordance with a nonproliferation agreement finalized with Russia in 2010 (and suspended by Russia in late 2016) the MOX facility under construction in South Carolina is intended to turn 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors. The Department of Energy under President Obama sought to cancel the project and instead dilute the plutonium and bury it underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. Meanwhile, members of Congress have fought to continue pursuing the MOX method. What happens next?

  6. 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

    Congressional Priorites

    The new Congress will face many important decisions for national defense, including defense spending levels; consideration of a supplemental request for funding of ongoing counter-terrorism and OCO funded requirements; the planned program for strategic nuclear modernization; and how these considerations fit into the overall budget priorities of Congress and the new administration.

    • Moderator - Bob DeGrasseVice President Government AffairsBechtel Corporation
    • Eric KnoxVice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Management Services GroupAECOM
    • Melissa BurnisonDirector of Government AffairsNuclear Energy Institute
    • Rob HoodVice President Government RelationsCH2M Nuclear Sector
    • Rachel H. LipseyMilitary Legislative Assistant, Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN)U.S. Senate
  7. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    Opening Networking Reception

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    • Keynote - Roger KroneChairman and Chief Executive OfficerLeidos

Wednesday | March 1

  1. 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast

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  2. 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

    A Perspective on Nuclear Posture, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control for the New Administration

    This session will discuss the new administration’s role in crafting a new nuclear posture, as well as its approach toward international nonproliferation initiatives and its stance on negotiating further arms control arrangements.

    • Moderator - Alissa TabirianReporterNuclear Security & Deterrence Monitor
    • Matthew KroenigAssociate Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign ServiceGeorgetown University
  3. 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

    U.S.-Russia Debate: Continuing the Conversation

    U.S. and Russian government officials will discuss the aftermath of dropped bilateral agreements – most notably the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement – and their impact on domestic issues – specifically the Mixed-Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility battle between the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama. Panelists will also discuss obstacles to negotiating a follow-on to the New START treaty; areas of common ground; and the circumstances under which the two countries might begin to restore their relationship, beginning with nonproliferation and nuclear security cooperation. The panel will highlight the political drivers for further arms control negotiations, as well as the domestic impact of changes in U.S.-Russian nuclear cooperation and the role that industry in both countries can play in restoring a working relationship.

  4. 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM

    Networking Break

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  5. 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

    Nuclear Terrorism, Nuclear Smuggling and Reducing Nuclear Dangers

    Since the breakup of the former Soviet Union, the U.S. government has focused on securing and preventing terrorist acquisition of nuclear materials worldwide. This effort has expanded through the years – alongside partnerships with other countries – to include working to safely store and dispose of nuclear material in the energy, health care, and commercial sectors screen for such material at seaports and border crossings; deter nuclear smuggling, and develop nuclear material detection capabilities. Officials from Homeland Security, NNDO, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, will address these issues.

    • Moderator - Peter HuessyPresidentGeoStrategic Analysis
    • Joan RohlfingPresident and Chief Operating OfficerNuclear Threat Initiative
    • William TobeySenior Fellow and Director, U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism, Belfer Center for Science and InternationalHarvard University
    • John ZabkoAssistant Director, Architecture and Plans Directorate, Domestic Nuclear Detection OfficeU.S. Department of Homeland Security
  6. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    Triad Platform Modernization Priorities

    Top nuclear commander will address the nation’s nuclear modernization and sustainment priorities, including the new Ohio-class replacement submarine, the prospects for a new ground based strategic deterrent, and the requirement for a new strategic nuclear bomber and long-range cruise missile. This session will address the current and projected priorities.

    • Moderator - Peter HuessyPresidentGeoStrategic Analysis
    • John J. (Jack) EvansFormer Director, OHIO Replacement Program PEO Submarines/Strategic Systems ProgramU.S. Navy
  7. 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

    Networking Lunch

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  8. 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

    Future Challenges for NNSA

    Former NNSA principal deputy administrator discusses future challenges for nuclear security and deterrence

    • Moderator - Donald TrostExecutive Vice President and Chief Development OfficerTechSource, Inc.
    • Madelyn CreedonFormer Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security and Administrator National Nuclear Security AdministrationU.S. Department of Energy
  9. 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

    Site Perspectives on the Future of the Nuclear Security Enterprise

    This session will focus on aging infrastructure, NNSA's new governance model and inter-site cooperation on production objectives. Four perspectives-- one each from Y-12 and Pantex, Savannah River and the Kansas City National Security Campus will participate in this roundtable discussion.

  10. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Networking Break

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  11. 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

    Warhead Refurbishment Update

    • Moderator - David EylerVice President, Operations, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Chief Operating Officer of SRNS, M&O Contractor, Savannah River SiHuntington Ingalls Industries
    • Lt. General Frank G. KlotzNational Nuclear Security Administration
  12. 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

    NNSA Acquisition and Project Management Update

    This session will provide an update on NNSA's achievements in acquisition and project management and where we go from here.

    • Moderator - John LongeneckerPresidentLongenecker & Associates, Inc.
    • Robert B. RainesAssociate Administrator for Acquisition and Project ManagementNational Nuclear Security Administration
  13. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

    Alternatives to the Current Nuclear Modernization Efforts

    Barry Blechman, Co-Founder, Stimson Center and Peter Huessy, President, GeoStrategic Analysis will address possible alternatives to the current planned nuclear modernization effort, including reduced numbers of submarines; a reduction or elimination of land-based missiles; or curtailment of any long-range cruise missiles or bomber capability. The panelists will examine these issues from the perspectives of cost-effectiveness; stability; arms control possibilities; deterrence requirements; and presidential decision making and flexibility.

  14. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    Johnny Foster Award Presentation & Reception

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Thursday | March 2

  1. 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast

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  2. 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

    The Path Forward for US-Russia Relations

    Join a lively discussion with Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack, USA (Ret.), a former
    U.S. Senior Defense Official and Attaché to the Russian Federation and Llewellyn King,
    Executive Producer and Host, “White House Chronicle” on PBS, on state of US-Russia
    relations.

  3. 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

    U.S. Nuclear Triad and Deterrence

    Discuss the critical importance of the US nuclear Triad in maintaining deterrence and in particular the important value of America's land based ballistic missiles. He will also address the stability, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility brought to the country by the new ground based strategic deterrent initiative. The General will also explain why nuclear deterrence forms the bedrock of US security upon which US enhanced conventional capabilities must rest.

    • Moderator - David EylerVice President, Operations, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Chief Operating Officer of SRNS, M&O Contractor, Savannah River SiHuntington Ingalls Industries
    • Lt. General Jack WeinsteinDeputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear IntegrationU.S. Air Force
  4. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Cybersecurity Challenges

    This session will outline the cybersecurity threats and address the challenges across the nuclear complex, including perspectives from the DOE, NNSA and federal contractors.

    • Moderator - Richard GoffiVice PresidentBooz Allen Hamilton
    • Travis HowertonSenior Director, Enterprise Strategy and ArchitectureConsolidated Nuclear Security, LLC
    • Wayne JonesAssociate Administrator for Information Management and Chief Information OfficerNational Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  5. 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    GAO Department of of Energy Budget Outlook

    • Moderator - Chris SchneidmillerEditor in ChiefExchangeMonitor Publications & Forums
    • David C. TrimbleDirector, Natural Resources and Environment GroupGovernment Accountability Office
  6. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Networking Break

  7. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Closing Plenary Session: What’s Next - Looking over the Horizon

    John Harvey, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Defense and Jim Miller, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, will address how they see the future of the nuclear enterprise and deterrence, threats on the horizon and what American policy will need to address.

    • Moderator - Thomas KarakoSenior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense ProjectCenter for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
    • John HarveyFormer Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense ProgramsU.S. Department of Defense
    • Panelist - Eric KnoxVice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment, Management Services GroupAECOM
    • James N. MillerPresidentAdaptive Strategies, LLC
  8. 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

    Closing Remarks & Adjourn


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