Department of Defense leadership will discuss the international security environment, reflecting upon its continued deterioration. The panel will provide the DoD perspective on direction that the United States is taking, as well as the positions and actions of our Allies and Partners.
This session will discuss current oversight initiatives including cross cutting themes such as program and project planning, anticipated moves toward portfolio management, and the importance of public health and safety at nuclear defense facilities.
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 and current challenges to achieving those goals including the status in implementing EMDI.
Join us for a session featuring updates directly from the leads of our national laboratory weapons programs. These individuals are at the forefront of the scientific, engineering, and other technical undertakings that ensure the safety, security, and efficacy of the U.S. nuclear deterrent.
The session will offer a non-classified overview of current weapons programs, the challenges of design and maintenance projects dealing with system alterations, life-extension, stewardship, the impact and consequences of recapitalization, schedule compression due to mission expansion, and initiatives for improved mission delivery.
The NNSA continues to pursue its current pit production goals annually at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C. This session will discuss current updates, expectations and progress for pit production schedules.
This thought-provoking session will delve into the complexities and possibilities surrounding the future of nuclear arms control. Against the backdrop of evolving geopolitical landscapes, emerging technologies, and shifting global dynamics, experts and policymakers will engage in insightful discussions on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
This session will feature engaged discussion among the contractor heads at key NNSA sites responsible for stockpile stewardship and national security. These leaders will discuss a number of priorities and challenges, including the status of UPF, progress of NNSA’s warhead modernization efforts; creating and maintaining a culture of disciplined nuclear operations; ensuring strong safety performance; continued infrastructure modernization; and addressing supply chain and regulatory challenges.
Over the last 30 years, many of our production capabilities have atrophied or become obsolete. In order to provide a safe, secure, reliable, and effective nuclear deterrent, the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) must reconstitute those lost capabilities. We will hear from industry production experts on the best practices they employ to ensure their quality products are delivered on schedule and on budget.
Over the years, climate change and extreme weather events have shut down NNSA sites and increased operational cost. For example, in February 2021, the Texas freeze caused operations at Pantex to shut down for a week to conserve energy and in January 2023, extreme flooding at LLNL Site 300 forced operational shutdown for three weeks.
During 2022, NNSA sites developed Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Plans and Site Sustainability Plans, and provided input into planning for NNSA carbon pollution-free electricity implementation. Sites are now executing against their plans. This session will discuss the ongoing impact of climate change on our nation’s national security interests.
Hear updates on these 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 that support this initiative.
Join this session to hear the latest perspectives on emerging technology and digital innovation, the evolving global environment, and force modernization for STRATCOM’s global mission.
Panelists will discuss strategic deterrence and innovation, including concepts and technologies for resilience, survivability and reducing the risk of inadvertent or rapid escalation. The advent of new domains, including space and cyber, new threats that could lead to miscalculation and inadvertent rapid escalation, and new technologies are impacting strategic deterrence requirements and levers. The panelists will discuss these changes and opportunities.
America’s Strategic Posture: The Final Report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States is profound in how it arrived at 81 recommendations in a bipartisan fashion.
We will hear from the Commission Chair, Madelyn Creedon, and her counterpart, on what were their findings and recommendations as the United States faces, as the report states, “the militarily troubling and increasingly aggressive behaviors of Russia and China,” leading Congress to ask for a review of the strategic posture of the United States, “including nuclear weapons policy, strategy, and force structure”.
We will also hear from an expert panel how they see the recommendations unfolding in the next year or more as our nuclear security enterprise grapples with the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations.
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