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Nuclear Energy, Naval Propulsion, and National Security

October 2, 2018 • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT

A symposium on the state of the U.S. nuclear energy industry and its impact on the nuclear Navy and national security

This event was formerly titled, "Atomic Power Near Critical."

The Center for Strategic & International Studies and the Naval Historical Foundation invite you to an important symposium about the history of nuclear power in the U.S. Navy, impacts the commercial nuclear energy industry has on the Navy, and key national security objectives.

The Navy has been an important actor and partner in the development of nuclear energy in the United States.  For many commercial reactors as thre are on land, nearly 100, there are just as many in our submarines and aircraft carriers; nuclear-powered ships enabling us to project power far from our shores.  This capability is tied to the fate of the commercial nuclear sector—its nuclear fuel cycle, vendor base, innovation, and engineering talent.  In addition to the Navy, the nuclear energy industry is directly connected to the U.S.' ability to set non-proliferation objectives and exert geopolitical influence, particularly in strategic locations around the world.

To discuss the historical context of this connection, the current state of affairs, and U.S. government action moving forward to mitigate the impacts of a declining nuclear power industry on the Navy and national security, CSIS is partnering with the Naval Historical Foundation to host this symposium.



8:30 a.m. -  Welcome and Introduction
8:40 a.m. - Keynote: Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations
9:30 a.m. - Naval Nuclear Power: Milestones and Historical Antecedents
11:00 a.m. - The State of U.S. Nuclear Energy and Impacts on the U.S. Navy
12:30 p.m. - Closing Keynote: Senator John Warner

A light lunch will be served.

This conference is made possible by general support to CSIS.

John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
John Warner

John Warner

Former CSIS Counselor

Dr. Joel Holwitt

Active Duty Submariner and Historian

Michael Wallace

Senior Adviser, CSIS