Please join the Project on Nuclear Issues and Los Alamos National Laboratory for our 2021 Summer Conference. The virtual conference will feature a keynote address 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.

Day 1, July 13 Registration

Day 2, July 14 Registration

 

The conference is off the record.


2021 PONI VIRTUAL SUMMER CONFERENCE
with Los Alamos National Laboratory
July 13-14, 2021
Zoom information forthcoming, all times in EST

Day One: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

9:45 AM CONFERENCE WELCOME
Eric Brewer, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Project on Nuclear Issues, Center for Strategic and International Studies

10:00 AM OPENING REMARKS 
Dr. Thomas Mason, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and President of Triad National Security, LLC

10:15 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND AUDIENCE Q&A
Dr. Charles P. Verdon, Acting Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration

11:15 AM PANEL 1 – PERSPECTIVES ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS AROUND THE WORLD
Panel Moderator: Rian Bahran, R&D Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Millennials and Nuclear Weapons: Concerned or Complacent?
Amelia Morgan, Doctoral Candidate, Kings College London

Public Opinion on Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control in Russia
Anna Wagner, Senior Project Lead, CBRNE Security and Nonproliferation, CRDF Global

Between Islam and the Bomb: Re-thinking Domestic Constraints on Nuclear Weapons in Iran
Evan Lisman, Research Associate, Center for Global Security Research

12:30 DAY 1 CLOSING REMARKS
John Scott, Acting Office Director, National Security and International Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Day Two: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

10:00 AM OPENING REMARKS
Eric Brewer, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Project on Nuclear Issues, Center for Strategic and International Studies

10:15 AM PANEL 2 – NEXT-GEN TECHNOLOGY IN THE NUCLEAR FIELD
Panel Moderator: Sylvia Mishra, Nuclear New Tech Officer, European Leadership Network & Doctoral Researcher, Kings College London

Fool Me Once: Missile Defense, Countermeasures, and the United States
Masao Dahlgren, Research Assistant, Missile Defense Project, CSIS

An IAEA Model for Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS)
Dustin Granger, Analyst, Golden Key Group

AI and Missile Defense: Exploring the Capabilities of 2030 and Beyond
Emilyn Tuomala, MA Candidate in Security Policy Studies, George Washington University

Modeling Nuclear Escalation
Samuel R. Baty, Graduate Student Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory

11:30 AM BREAK

11:45 AM PANEL 3 – MANAGING NUCLEAR THREATS IN A NEW ERA OF ARMS CONTROL
Panel Moderator: Dr. Heather Williams, Lecturer, King’s College London

Arms Control After New Start
Dr. Cameron Bates, Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Devil in the Details: “Denuclearization” and the North Korean Nuclear Threat
Jaejoon Kim, MA Candidate in Security Studies, Georgetown University

The Missile Race in East Asia: Costs, Trends, and Implications
Sang-Min Kim, Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow, Arms Control Association

1:00 PM BREAK

1:15 PM TOOLS OF STOCKPILE STEWARDSHIP WITH LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY EXPERTS
Dr. Trent McCuistian, DAHRT Engineering, Operations, and Physics Acting Deputy Group Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jim Lujan, ASC/HPC Platforms Program Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory

2:15 CLOSING REMARKS
Avneet Sood, PONI Representative, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

This agenda is subject to change.