Nuclear modernization is on a scale and ambitious timetable that has not been seen in decades. The sheer scope of the project presents an expansive range of challenges that each by themselves threaten to derail mission success including: War Reserve Supply Chain Surety; Warehousing; Contracting; and Workforce Planning, Scalability, and Knowledge Transfer. Speakers will discuss operational barriers, mitigative strategies, and innovative actions to address challenges, drive down risk, and drive mission success.
This session will discuss NNSA’s key priorities that include applying innovative science and technology solutions in the service of national security, from the nuclear stockpile to arms control to climate change; strengthening collaboration with our partners to meet the needs of the U.S. Government and respond to the rapidly changing geopolitical environment; and accelerating the delivery of critical products and capabilities with the quality and urgency our national security requires.
The mission of the United States Strategic Command or USSTRATCOM is to “deter strategic attack and employ forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of our Nation and our Allies”. Ensuring the modernization of the U.S. strategic nuclear deterrent is critical to maintaining its credibility. This session will review of the state of the U.S. strategic nuclear deterrent and its ongoing modernization, including the land, sea and air-based legs of the triad, nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) and the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The three lab directors will discuss how they are continuing to build an adaptive, agile, responsive and resilient national security enterprise while addressing key challenges such as navigating the long-term operational impacts of COVID and a remote workforce, managing complex interfaces amidst a range of critical program priorities, capitalizing existing infrastructure, enhancing cyber security and working as an integrated team between sites and with NNSA.
This session will discuss how he and the members of the Stockpile Stewardship Program are fulfilling the Administration’s priorities and maintaining the safety, security and reliability of the Nation’s strategic deterrent.
This session will continue the conversation surrounding the challenges supporting the stockpile and the nuclear security enterprise. What is the impact of increased pit production? How will the sites recruit, train and retain the skilled workers they need? Key leaders from across the complex will discuss these and other priorities.
Recruiting, hiring and retaining a diverse, engaged, world-class workforce is a key strategic management challenge for the DOE Complex. Speakers comprising university and industry leaders will discuss strategies to address the workforce challenge.
This panel will showcase the great work being done across the NNSA complex on nuclear modernization through relatively small capital projects, and that success flies under the radar. The panelists will discuss the application of commercial best practices in delivering new facilities that are critical to mission success. They will examine some example projects and recognize the partners and subcontractors who helped make it possible.
Accelerating the delivery of critical products and capabilities using lessons learned from Life Extension Programs and other major nuclear facility projects. This session will discuss challenges and lessons learned from the ramp-up in life extension efforts and other recent successes; as well as relationships and systems needed to communicate effectively within and across the sites, particularly with the Design Authority and the Production Authority; and Investments in technology for the future advanced manufacturing, IT for shop floor and communication, and future plutonium pit production.
Deterrence of nuclear attacks involves not only threats of unacceptable consequences but also “deterrence by denial”—dissuading adversaries from aggression by denying them the prospect of a successful outcome. NNSA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation (CTCP) contributes to the U.S. strategy of deterring non-state (or possible grey zone) actors through its diverse nuclear incident response capabilities, including tools to advise local, state, and federal officials on how to protect public health and safety before, during and after a nuclear attack. Minimizing the consequences of a nuclear incident through public outreach and rapid response capabilities thus diminishes the attractiveness of nuclear and radiological threats and contributes to domestic resilience.
Investment in cybersecurity across the DOE nuclear weapons complex is complicated not only by the large number of aging sites and facilities, but also the need to efficiently link assets to operational requirements. This panel explores major topics such as cybersecurity requirements and workforce development/training for Nuclear Enterprise Assurance (NEA) and Digital Transformation Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to help integrate across these environments, Zero Trust and what that means within DOE and how does it add value to the mission areas for engineering, maintenance, and operations.
This session will discuss the new administration's perspective to protect the nation from nuclear threats, build stronger international partnerships and bring new ideas and technologies to the global nonproliferation initiatives.
Key DOD and NNSA leaders will examine policy, acquisition strategy and funding to support this 30+ year commitment by the United States to modernize its strategic nuclear deterrent while maintaining existing systems through retirement. This includes the near complete retirement and replacement of major weapons delivery systems, nuclear weapons stockpile modernization and nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3).
This session will touch upon the trends, technologies, and global factors impacting nuclear security considerations and best practices for these challenging times. Where is the nuclear security regime headed, and what role should the U.S. play in strengthening security?
U.S. Air Force and Navy leaders directing the modernization of what many consider the backbone of the U.S. strategic nuclear deterrent will review the status and requirements for modernizing the air, land and sea-based leg of the strategic nuclear triad. We’ll learn more about modernizing the air-based leg of the triad, including the B-21 bomber, upgrades to B-52s and the role of F-35s plus the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) missile, the land-based leg with the new Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, and the sea-based leg with the Columbia Class submarine and its associated Trident II D5 missiles.
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