About the Program

Each year PONI hosts four conferences that bring together people from across the nuclear enterprise to discuss a range of nuclear issues.


The PONI yearly conference series brings together junior and senior level professionals from the laboratories, the military, and industry, academia and policy sectors to hear selected presentations on nuclear weapons infrastructure, strategy and policy. PONI holds three regional conferences – on military bases, national labs, and CSIS headquarters – and then a fourth Capstone Conference at United States Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska. The Capstone Conference features selected presentations from preceding regional conferences and offers individuals an opportunity to present their work to senior leadership from across the nuclear enterprise. Those who present at the Capstone Conference will also be invited to publish a paper based on their presentation in a journal produced by CSIS.

Each PONI Conference features (usually four) panels of selected presentations on a wide range of nuclear issues. They span 1.5 days: day one begins with breakfast and concludes with an evening dinner and keynote address; day two begins with breakfast and usually ends after lunch.

How to Apply

PONI is accepting presentation proposals on a rolling basis for our 2018 Conference Series. The PONI conference series brings together a diverse community of professionals from across the nuclear enterprise to discuss a wide range of nuclear issues. PONI conferences are unique in the high value that they place on highlighting new faces and emerging experts in the field, as panels feature some of the best and brightest young professionals. The conference presentations for the upcoming year will focus on, but will not be limited to, the topics listed in the research agenda. Travel support is available for presenters lacking university or organizational funding.

Presentations proposals should include the following:

  1. The attached proposal template
  2. Resume in a separate file
  3. Letter of Recommendation

Please submit presentation proposals to Simone Williams at swilliams@csis.org. Proposals will be considered for all 2018 PONI Conferences, unless applicant specifies otherwise:

  • Winter – CSIS, December 4-5

See attached flyer for more details on the 2018 research agenda and topics of interest for the upcoming year.

2018 PONI Conference Series Schedule

Summer Conference

Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico | July 10-11, 2018

Fall Conference

United States Air Force Academy in Colorado | October 10-11, 2018

Winter Conference

Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC | December 4-5, 2018

Capstone Conference

STRATCOM, Offutt AFB in Nebraska | Spring 2019
PONI will select top presenters from 2018 Conference Series to the Capstone Conference.

2017 PONI Conference Series Schedule

Summer Conference

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (June 21-22, 2017)

Fall Conference

Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana (October 11-12, 2017)

Winter Conference

Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC (December 5-6, 2017)

Capstone Conference

STRATCOM, Offutt AFB, NE (April 13, 2018)

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