Photo: U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team October 10-11, 2018 You can register using this link. Join us for our Fall Conference. The conference will be held on October 10-11 at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs. Presentations from emerging nuclear experts will cover topics such as nuclear strategies, emerging technology, arms control and proliferation challenges, and deterrence. Our second day will feature an emerging technology break-out scenario. Featured Keynote: Maj. Gen. Harencak (Retired) Former Commander Air Force Recruitment We have a hotel block at the Drury Inn Hotel, 1170 InterQuest Parkway. If you would like to stay at the hotel you can do individual reservation. Individual Call-In reservations can be made by reserving online, www.druryhotels.com, then enter Group number of 2352760. Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to the Group number of 2352760. Individual reservations must be cancelled prior to 12:00 p.m. on the confirmed date of arrival in order to avoid a fee equal to one night’s room rate plus tax. We require a valid credit card and photo ID to be presented at check in. Check In Time: 3:00 p.m. Check Out Time: 11:00 a.m. Arrangements may be made for baggage storage with the Hotel’s front desk staff. The cutoff date for the room block in the hotel is Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The PONI Conference Series, now in its fifteenth year, is unique in its emphasis on featuring rising experts and young professionals in the nuclear field. The Conference Series draws emerging thought leaders from across the nuclear enterprise and policy community and provides them with a visible platform for sharing their new thinking on a range of nuclear issues. Draft Agenda* *Please note this is not a final agenda and some items are subject to change October 10-11, 2018 Day One: Wednesday, October 10 8:30 Shuttle Departs from Hotel to USAFA 9:00 Conference Check-in 9:15 Conference Welcome Rebecca Hersman, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Adviser, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies 9:30 Opening Remarks Speaker TBD 9:45 Emerging Technology and Strategic Stability Panel Moderator: Dr. James Smith, Director, USAF Institute for National Security Studies Preserving Strategic Stability During the Fourth Revolution Erin Connolly, Program Assistant, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation No Free Launch? Strategic Implications of Command & Control Disruption Brian Radzinsky, PhD Candidate, George Washington University The Survivable Second Strike? Emerging Technology and the Undersea Threat Environment Meyer Thalheimer, PhD Candidate, Columbia University Increasing Autonomy in the Operation and Maintenance of ICBMs Jennifer Rogers, Senior System Architect, Northrop Grumman 11:15 Presentation on Nuclear Programs at USAFA Dr. James Smith, Director, USAF Institute for National Security Studies 11:30 Break 11:45 A Mystery Inside an Enigma: Deciphering Russian Nuclear Policy Panel Moderator: Colonel Russell S. Williford, PhD, Director, Squadron Revitalization, Air Force Strategic Integration Group Russian Hypersonic Weapons Development: Motivations and Arms Control Implications Julia Diamond, Research Assistant, Federation of American Scientists Crime and Punishment: Tailored Responses to Russian Arms Control Violations Arthur Tellis, Staff Assistant, Cybersecurity and Strategic Forces Subcommittees, U.S. Senate The Challenges and Implications of Ambiguity in Russian Nuclear Policy and Posture Maggie Tennis, Research Assistant, Brooking Institution Nonproliferation: A (Limited) Russian Interest Cameron Trainer, Research Associate, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies 1:15 Lunch 2:30 Nuclear Deterrence: Change and Continuity Panel Moderator: Erin Simpson, Director, Strategic Analysis, Northrop Grumman The Resilience of Nuclear Policy Through Administrations Jillian Maloney, former Nuclear Policy Graduate Fellow, National Nuclear Security Administration U.S. Missile Defense and the Looming Challenge of U.S. – China Nuclear Stability Eric Gomez, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute Space-Based Missile Defense – Who Will Shoot First? Rachel Webb, Policy Analyst, SAIC 4:30 Reception at Polaris Hall Seminar Rooms & Key Note Key Note: Maj. Gen. Harencak (retired) Former Commander Air Force Recruitment 5:45 End of Day One/Shuttle Returns to Hotel Day Two: Thursday, October 11 8:30 Shuttle Departs from Hotel to USAFA 9:00 AFSPC Mission Briefing and Conversation on Missile Warning and Space Operations (Polaris Hall – Main Forum) 10:00 Risky Business The exercise will examine how the introduction of situational awareness enhancing technology might impact relations on the Korean Peninsula. 12:30 Lunch 1:30 Move to Peterson Air and Space Museum 150 Ent Avenue, Peterson AFB, CO 80914 2:00 Tour of Museum 3:30 Depart for USAFA 4:00 End of Conference Please contact Simone Williams at [email protected] with any questions.