The workshop will provide an opportunity to hear updates and have direct exchange with Nuclear Weapons Enterprise leadership from the plants, laboratories, field offices, and headquarters on EMDI. We will discuss what EMDI means to the field, what initiatives are underway, and what are the implications to the oversight versus partnership objective. We will hear updates on major efforts such as the PHASE X review results, plutonium management plan, efforts to prepare for full production of pits, supply chain management, and other initiatives. Those attending will have ample opportunity to have in depth exchanges with the panel and those in the audience and get a chance to develop a better understanding of this major, mission critical initiative.
This session will discuss the latest priorities for the NNSA Leadership including, workforce recruitment and retention, ongoing challenges in infrastructure while building for future needs and requirements, monitoring pit production in accordance with DoD needs including the changing security landscape and maximizing NNSA capabilities for other challenges, such as using strengths in nonproliferation to assist the development of nuclear energy and thereby fight climate change, as well as developing new capabilities to meet new needs, such as in pandemic prevention and biology and exascale computing.
The mission of United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is to “deter strategic attack and employ forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of our Nation and our Allies.” Ensuring the ongoing modernization of the U.S. nuclear deterrent is critical to maintaining its credibility through the lens of our enemies and our global allies. This session will review 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 directors of the Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories will discuss how they are working to ensure an adaptive, responsive and resilient nuclear security enterprise in today’s geopolitical climate. The directors will also discuss how the national laboratories are tackling a number of challenges, including:
A conversation about creating and engaging diverse talents in today’s environment. We will explore current and future programs that are engaging diversity in order to meet mission needs. You will hear from the president’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Advisory Council Chairman on progress to promote and encourage agencies to utilize the HBCU workforce on a national scale.
The NNSA plans to produce at least 30 pits annually at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2026 and at least 50 pits annually at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C., sometime next decade. This session will discuss current expectations and progress for pit production schedules
This session will discuss how the new deputy Administrator for Defense Programs 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 feature engaged discussion among the contractor heads at key NNSA sites responsible for stockpile stewardship and national security. In a time of record budgets, these leaders will discuss a number of priorities and challenges, including the progress of NNSA’s warhead modernization efforts; the status of increased plutonium pit production; instilling a culture of disciplined nuclear operations as the workforce evolves and new workers come in; ensuring strong safety performance; continued infrastructure modernization; addressing supply chain challenges and recruiting and maintaining the next-generation of workers in today’s workforce environment.
Join this session to hear the latest updates from the leaders responsible for our national laboratory weapons programs. They lead scientific, engineering, and other technical efforts that are the foundation to the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent. The session will provide an opportunity to hear an unclassified update on their respective weapons programs; challenges of design and maintenance projects that address system modifications, alternations, life extension, and stewardship; and the impacts and implications of recapitalization, schedule compression with mission expansion, and enhanced mission delivery initiatives.
The 2022 NPR highlights the deteriorating security environment, noting that by the 2030s the United States, for the first time, will face two major nuclear powers as strategic competitors and potential adversaries: Russia and China. This session will discuss implementation strategies for optimal results.
This session will discuss the ongoing policies to protect the nation from nuclear threats, build stronger international partnerships and bring new ideas and technologies to the global nonproliferation initiatives.
U.S. Air Force and Navy leaders directing the modernization of 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 Sentinel and new ICBMs, and the sea-based leg with the Columbia Class submarine and its associated Trident II D5 missiles.
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