Please join the Project on Nuclear Issues for our annual Capstone Conference. The conference will feature a keynote address from Adm. Charles Richard Commander of U.S. Strategic Command as well as presentations from emerging nuclear experts covering topics such as nuclear policy and strategies, arms control and proliferation challenges, technology and capabilities, and deterrence. The conference is off the record.

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May 5, 2021 10:30 AM-1:00 PM

Nuclear Deterrence and Posture Today | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Moderator: Bryn Wollacott
Policy Analyst, Defense Strategy and Policy, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Madman Diplomacy and Deterrence Failure
Henry Gilchrist, US Air Force Academy

The Erosion of Traditional Nuclear Deterrence: How Technological Advancements Threaten the Managed System of Deterrence
Alice Spilman, Researcher at BASIC and PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham

India’s Evolving Strategic Forces
Tyler Sagerstrom, Research Assistant, South Asia Program, Stimson Center

The Conventional Force Perspective: Nuclear Integration In Doctrine, Concepts, and Exercises
Adam Saxton, Research Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Keynote Address 12:15 PM-1:00 PM

Admiral Charles “Chas” A. Richard
Commander, U.S. Strategic Command

Moderator: Rebecca Hersman
Director, Project on Nuclear Issues, and Senior Adviser, International Security Program

May 6, 2021 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Challenges of Emerging Technology 10:00 AM-11:25 AM

Moderator: Dr. Sarah Shirazyan
Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School and Content Policy, Facebook

Emerging Technologies, Accidents, and Nuclear Risk
Lauren Kahn, Research Fellow, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania

Emerging Tech and the Threat of Proliferation
Chris Meskauskas, Instructor, USAF

Implementing Holistic Advanced Manufacturing in the U.S. Nuclear Enterprise
Kathryn Dura, Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Navy

Deep Dive into Hypersonic Missiles and AI 11:35 AM-1:00 PM

Moderator: Dr. James Johnson
Assistant Professor, School of Law & Government, Dublin City University and Non-Resident Fellow, Modern War Institute, West Point

Hypersonic Missile Defence: Stopping the Unstoppable,
Aaron Kennedy, Graduate Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Russian Hypersonic Boost Glide Vehicles: ‘Boosting’ Putin’s National Security Strategy
Julia Balm, PhD Candidate, King’s College London

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear Data and Virtual Reality Simulations
Shahrukh Nasim, Project Manager, Department of Energy

Organizational Challenges to AI Adoption: Implications for Strategic Forces
Raymond Wang, PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology