Capstone Conference

June 15, 2023 • 8:30 am – 3:45 pm EDT

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PONI‘s annual Capstone Conference provides an opportunity for the strongest presenters from the preceding year of conferences to share their research with mid-career and senior stakeholders at USSTRATCOM headquarters. This year’s conference will close out the 2022 conference series and feature presentations on a range of topics related to the thinking of U.S. adversaries, U.S. alliance management, and strategic stability. 

We are honored to announce that the distinguished keynote speakers for our upcoming conference are Rear Admiral Anthony Carullo, Director for Plans and Policy (J5) at U.S. Strategic Command; and Frank Rose, Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Please see a detailed agenda for the event below.

 

Conference Agenda


Conference Welcome

9:00 am

Kelsey Hartigan, Deputy Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior  Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies 

Keynote Address

9:15 am

Rear Admiral Carullo, Director, Plans and Policy, (J5), U.S. Strategic Command 

Break

9:45 am

PANEL 1: Understanding Adversaries’ Thinking

10:00 am

Moderator: Dr. John Emery, Assistant Professor of International Security, the University of Oklahoma

 

Chinese War Control and US Approaches to Deterrence 

Annika Kastetter 

 

Your Fear Is My Asset: PLA Entanglement and Deterrence through Risk Manipulation   

Elliot Ji

 

The Role of International Scientific Cooperation and Dual-Use Technologies in the Development of North Korea's Nuclear Missile Program 

Hannah Harris 

Break

11:00 am

PANEL 2: Alliance Coordination and Assurance

11:15 am

Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Bradley, Senior Deterrence Analyst, U.S. Strategic Command  

 

A Hitchhiker's Guide to Japanese Nuclear Ambitions 

Karl Reidel 

 

Extended Deterrence Satisfaction Guaranteed? ROK and Japanese Views of GBSD and U.S. Nuclear Modernization 

Josh Chang 

 

The AUKUS Security Pact: A New Precedent for Non-Nuclear Weapons States and Naval Nuclear Propulsion 

Jasmin Alsaied

Lunch

12:15 pm

Keynote Address

1:00 pm

Frank Rose, Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration 

Break

2:00 pm

PANEL 3: Strategic Stability

2:15 pm

Moderator: Dr. David Allison, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Project on Managing the Atom  

 

Tactical Nuclear Use in a U.S.-China Conflict 

Zach Burdette 

 

The End of Arms Control? Examining the Ebb and Flow of US Participation in Nuclear Arms Control Agreements  

Stephanie Stapleton 

 

Using Game Theory to Model Tripolar Deterrence and Escalation Dynamics   

Grace Farson 

 

Arms Control Cooperation with China   

Carlos Rodriguez-Cruz y Celis 

Concluding Remarks

3:15 pm

Kelsey Hartigan, Deputy Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior  Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and U.S. national nuclear laboratories

Contact Information

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Kelsey Hartigan
Deputy Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Fellow, International Security Program
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Jessica Link

Jessica Link

Former Program Coordinator and Research Assistant, Project on Nuclear Issues
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Lachlan MacKenzie
Program Coordinator and Research Assistant, Project on Nuclear Issues