The PONI Conference Series is unique in its emphasis on incorporating 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.

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2020 PONI VIRTUAL FALL CONFERENCE AGENDA

October 5-7, 2020

Day One: Monday, October 5, 2020

9:00 AM  CONFERENCE WELCOME

Rebecca Hersman, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Adviser, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

9:10 AM PANEL 1: GENDER REPERSENTATION IN THE NCULEAR FIELD

Panel Moderator: Karim Kamel, Program Analyst, International Peace and Security Program, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Female Leadership in the Global Nuclear Weapons Regime
Jarret Fisher, Graduate Student, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

The Gendered Impacts of Nuclear Weapons: Why Representation Matters
Jasmine Owens, Graduate Student, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Breaking Barriers: Best Practices for the Advancement and Inclusion of Women in STEMM and National Security
Kimberly Ma, Project Associate, CRDF Global

10:25 BREAK

10:30 KEYNOTE

Brigadier General John R. Edwards, Director, Nuclear Enterprise Directorate, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

12:00 END OF PRESENTATIONS

4:00 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMMING

 

Day Two: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

10:30 PANEL 2: IMPLICATIONS OF SCIENCE AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGY ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Panel Moderator: Dr. Jarret Lafleur, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

Reexamining the Costs and Benefits of Nuclear Testing In An Era of Great Power Competition
Patty-Jane, Geller, Policy Analyst for Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense, The Heritage Foundation

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

The Implication of UUVs and USVs for Nuclear Submarine Security
Willa Nathan, National Security Analyst, GDIT, U.S. Department of State

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

1:00 PANEL 3: INTERNATIONAL DIMENSIONS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Panel Moderator: Stephen Herzog, Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University

Assessing China’s Nuclear Doctrine and Forces
Rose Tenyotkin, Associate Research Analyst Center for Naval Analysis

The New U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Race
Akshai Vikram, Former Roger L. Hale Fellow, Ploughshares Fund

Applying Lessons from Cold War Nuclear Risk Reduction Diplomacy to the Space Domain
Max Simon, Program Coordinator and Research Associate, PONI

2:30 END OF PRESENTATIONS

 

Day Three: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

9:00 INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY: International Crisis War Game

The PONI Team is partnering with the U.S. Naval War College for a Virtual International Crisis Wargame (VICWG). The scenario explores the relationship between new technologies, domestic politics, conventional military capabilities, and nuclear threats. Players will break into groups of five to simulate decision-making roles in a notional cabinet in order to better understand the impact that emerging technologies play in crisis decision-making and how Cold War paradigms of deterrence and crisis escalation apply in a world with new capabilities and vulnerabilities.

12:00 END OF CONFERENCE