Dr. John S. Foster, Jr. Medal Ceremony 2016
We invite you to participate in the second presentation of the John S. Foster, Jr. Medal, which was established to commemorate the exceptional and inspirational career of Dr. Foster.
About the John S. Foster, Jr. Medal
The Medal was established to recognize innovative and inspirational leadership in providing a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent to ensure international peace and strategic stability. It is intended to honor scientists, engineers, and policymakers who have made significant contributions to nuclear security through individual efforts, team building, and leadership. The Foster Medal serves to highlight the quality and dedication to national service of individuals engaged in nuclear security work and the unique and crucial role of nuclear weapons in our nation’s security. Nominations were reviewed by an independent peer review panel led by Dr. John Hamre, President of the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS).
This Year's Winner
The panel unanimously decided to award this year’s medal to Gen. Larry D. Welch to acknowledge his extraordinary career, his unique approach to innovation, and his ability to inspire colleagues and stakeholders with his rigorous analysis of technical facts, possible alternatives, and probable consequences.
“Gen. Welch’s exceptional leadership in support of U.S. nuclear security has without a doubt made our nation safer,” said Bill Goldstein, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “This Foster Medal highlights his dedication and leadership, as well as the crucial role of nuclear weapons in our nation's security. I can think of no better person to receive this award than Gen. Welch.”
The event will be followed by a reception. As part of the event, a panel will speak on a national security topic that aligns with Gen. Welch’s enduring contributions –the present and future of extended deterrence. It will be chaired by Brad Roberts, and the panel members include Linton Brooks, Elaine Bunn, James Schoff, and John Warden.
2:00 p.m. - Welcome
Dr. William H. Goldstein, Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
2:05 p.m. Remarks: Senior DOE Official (TBD)
2:15 p.m. Remarks: Madelyn R. Creedon, Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration
2:25 p.m. Remarks: Senior DoD Official (TBD)
2:35 p.m. Remarks: Dr. Craig I. Fields, former chair of the Defense Science Board
2:45 p.m. Remarks: Admiral Richard W. Mies (Ret)
2:55 p.m. Presentation of Medal: Dr. William H. Goldstein and Dr. John S. Foster, Jr.
3:00 p.m. Remarks: General Larry D. Welch (Ret)
3:20 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Panel: Present and Future of Extended Deterrence
Moderator: Dr. Bradley H. Roberts, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Center For Global Security Research
Members: Linton F. Brooks, former under secretary of energy for nuclear security and administrator of the NNSA; Robert Scher, assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and capabilities; James Schoff, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and retired Air Force Col. John Warden
4:55 p.m. Concluding Remarks: Dr. William H. Goldstein
5:00 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Adjourn
Attire is business casual.