The Mid-Career Cadre, a select group comprised of nuclear professionals who have been in the field for five or more years, are invited to advanced trainings, mentoring events, and educational opportunities. Mid-Career Cadre members would be invited to a number of PONI activities, including:
- International Events – Participate in bilateral and trilateral discussions coordinated by PONI with leaders from the US, UK, and France.
- Engagement with Senior Leaders – As a primary center for nuclear thinking, leaders from across the nuclear enterprise request PONI assistance or input on projects, roundtables, and other initiatives. These opportunities would likely be scheduled around PONI events, with the option to present available at the PONI Conference Series.
- Next Generation Speakers Bureau – Join our collection of some of the best and brightest emerging nuclear experts as a “battle-tested” speaker, ready to provide a fresh voice on nuclear matters at a wide variety of conferences and events.
- Mid-Career Development Sessions – Participate in comprehensive break-out sessions, simulations, and networking opportunities to further stimulate debate and growth.
- Mentorship Opportunities – Support a young professional within our current class of Nuclear Scholars by advising on their research project.
While PONI traditionally focuses on new members of the nuclear field, it has developed a series of events aimed at engaging with alumni and other emerging experts. Among those:
- In September 2015, for example, it held a mid-career session at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Around 25 participants, including members of the Department of Defense, State Department, FBI, national labs, and academia, were challenged to address a simulated crisis at a nuclear power plant.
- In November 2015, PONI hosted a two-day bilateral program with 12 young nuclear experts from the United States and 17 from the United Kingdom. The attendees collaborated on a targeting exercise from Walt Slocombe, as well as visited the NSC and Capitol Hill to engage with policymakers. Most recently, PONI hosted New York Times investigator C.J. Chivers to discuss ISIS’ pursuit of WMDs. He held a private roundtable with mid-career professionals to share his insights from the field.