PONI 2021 Hybrid Winter Conference

December 8 – 9, 2021

Please join the Project on Nuclear Issues for our 2021 Winter Conference. The hybrid 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.

NOTE: CSIS is a vaccinated facility. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce potential risk of exposure in our facility, CSIS requires proof of vaccination from all staff and guests. If registering for in-person attendance, you must provide your vaccination proof.

Masks will be required for all attendees to ensure the health of our staff and participants.

This event is subject to all laws and regulations instituted by the city of Washington, D.C., including all regulations on COVID-19. Capacity and gathering limits may be instituted and CSIS PONI will work to accommodate these changes, which may include changing your registration from an in-person attendee to a virtual attendee. You will receive confirmation of your attendance status, and we appreciate your understanding in advance.

December 8, 2021 9:00 AM-2:45 PM

Conference Check-In and Breakfast | 9:00 AM-9:45 AM

Conference Welcome | 9:45 AM-9:50 AM

Keynote Address | 10:00 AM-10:45 AM

"Exploring the Nexus Between Intelligence and Emerging Nuclear Challenges: A Conversation with Former Deputy Director of National Intelligence Beth Sanner"

Ms. Beth Sanner was the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Mission Integration from April 2019 to March 2021 where she oversaw the elements that coordinate and lead collection, analysis, and program oversight throughout the Intelligence Community. In this role she also served as the President’s intelligence briefer. Previously she served as the Director of the President’s Daily Brief from April 2017 to April 2019 and as Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council July 2015 to April 2017.

The Past, Present, and Future of Arms Control | 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Rebecca Davis Gibbons, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Maine

April Arnold, Senior Communications Adviser, Culmen International
Halley Posner, Program Manager, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
Dan Zhukov, Research Assistant, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

Lunch | 12:00 PM – 1:00PM

Deterrence 101 Launch | 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Evolving Global Threats | 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Elizabeth Threlkeld, Director of South Asia Program, Stimson Center

Jesse Lubove, Mission Director, Air Force Technical Applications Center
Benjamin Silverstein, Research Analyst, Space Project, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Lt Diana Myers, Doctoral Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Maj(P) Lorin Veigas, Liaison to Joint Special Operations Command, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Nicholas Blanchette, PhD candidate, Security Studies and International Relations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

December 9, 2021 9:00 AM-1:30 PM

Conference Check-In and Breakfast | 9:00 AM-9:45 AM

Conference Welcome | 9:45 AM-10:00 AM

Keynote: David Williams CB, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

David Williams became the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence in April 2021. David acts as the Accounting Officer for the Department, the Defence Secretary’s chief policy adviser and, with the Chief of Defence Staff, leads the running of the Department.

David’s previous role was as the Second Permanent Secretary at the Department for Health and Social Care, where he oversaw much of the Department’s response to the COVID pandemic. In his six years at Health, David was also Director General, Finance and Operations where he was responsible for DHSC and NHS finance, strategy and system oversight.

The majority of David’s earlier government career was in Defence. From 2012 to 2015 David was Director General Finance at the MOD, where his portfolio covered defence planning and programming, financial management and investment proposals and accountability frameworks. Prior to this his roles included being Director Capability Development, especially on carrier strike and combat air, acting as senior responsible owner for the future Deterrent, operational planning support for Iraq, and Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary from 2000-2002.

Coffee Break| 11:00 PM – 11:15 AM

Emerging Threats and Technologies in the Nuclear Sphere | 11:15 AM – 12:45 AM

Reid Pauly, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Dean’s Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy,
Brown University

Kate Kohn, Communications Manager, Federation of American Scientists
Artur Honich, Intern, NATO Headquarters
Gabriel Kelvin, Undergraduate Fellow, Nuclear Policy Working Group at UC Berkeley
Jacob Sebastian, Phd Student, Nuclear Policy Working Group at UC Berkeley
Kyle Sallee, MA Candidate, American University School of International Service

Closing Remarks | 12:45 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch | 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

This event is made possible by support from Defense Threat Reduction Agency, National Nuclear Security Administration.

Eric Brewer

Rebecca Hersman