PONI Capstone Conference

May 5 – 6, 2021

Please join the Project on Nuclear Issues for our annual Capstone Conference. The conference will feature a keynote address from Adm. Charles Richard Commander of U.S. Strategic Command 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.

May 5, 2021 10:30 AM-1:00 PM 

Nuclear Deterrence and Posture Today 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

The first panel will feature presentations on nuclear deterrence and posture today.

Bryn Woollacott
Policy Analyst, Defense Strategy and Policy, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Henry Gilchrist 
U.S. Air Force Academy     

Alice  Spilman 

Researcher at BASIC and PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham


Tyler  Sagerstrom 

Research Assistant, South Asia Program, Stimson Center   


Adam Saxton 

Research Associate, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies  

Keynote Address 12:15 PM-1:00 PM
The keynote address will feature Admiral Charles “Chas” Richard, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

Admiral Charles “Chas” A. Richard

Commander, U.S. Strategic Command 

Rebecca Hersman

Director, Project on Nuclear Issues, and Senior Adviser, International Security Program 

May 6, 2021 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Challenges of Emerging Technology 10:05 AM-11:25 AM
The second panel will feature presentations on challenges from new and emerging technologies.

Dr. Sarah Shirazyan

Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School and Content Policy, Facebook

Lauren Kahn 
Research Fellow, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania   
Chris Meskauskas 
Instructor, U.S. Air Force 
Kathryn Dura 
Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Navy   
Deep Dive into Hypersonic Missiles and AI 11:35 AM-1:00 PM
The third panel will feature presentations specifically on hypersonic missiles and artificial intelligence (AI).

Dr. James Johnson

Assistant Professor, School of Law & Government, Dublin City University and Non-Resident Fellow, Modern War Institute, West Point 


Aaron Kennedy 

Graduate Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin 


Julia Balm 

PhD Candidate, King’s College London


Shahrukh Nasim 

Project Manager, Department of Energy    


Raymond Wang 

PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology