Short Course on Nuclear Weapon and Related Security Issues

April 21-22, 2017
George Washington University
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street., NW
Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the American Physical Society's Forum on Physics & Society, the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, the Federation of American Scientists, and the American Association of Physics Teachers

A popular technical workshop is making a repeat performance. The first three APS/FPS Conferences on Nuclear Weapon and Related Issues were published in the American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings 104, 178 and 1596. International experts will give the background to understand these issues more completely. We recommend signing up early, as it is limited to 100 conferees. The cost is $120 for 25 talks, 250 pg. book (8.5x11), 2 lunches, coffee/snacks. The organizers are Pierce Corden (AAAS), Tony Fainberg (former DHS), David Hafemeister (CalPoly), Allison Macfarlane (GWU). Click on the Register Now button to register for the short course. A small number of travel grants may be available to support participation by younger physicists (see announcement below, after the Register Now button). Contact for questions.

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Travel Grants for Younger Physicists
To apply for a travel grant for this short course, provide the following information by email to before April 1, 2017. There are only limited funds available and we anticipate being able to make only 7-10 grants. Early responders will increase their chances of success.

1 - Name
2 - Address
3 - Home institution (if any)
4 - Status (grad student close to doctorate; post-doc; non-tenured faculty; other - describe)
5 - Estimated funds needed to travel to DC, including 2 nights at a hotel.
6 - Two references (names and email addresses will suffice)
7 - A statement of less than 250 words, explaining why you are interested in the course.

Thanks for your interest,

Tony Fainberg
Secretary-Treasurer, Forum on Physics and Society

Topics & Speakers

I. Strategic Nuclear Weapons (9:00 a.m., Friday)
Keynote. Future of US/Russian Arms Control: Steven Pifer (Brookings)
US Nuclear Strategy Toward China: Charles Glaser (GWU)
Alert Status of Nuclear Weapons: Hans Kristensen (FAS)
Nuclear Modernization: Amy Woolf (CRS)
Global Strike Hypersonic Weapons: Mark Lewis (IDA)
Nuclear Warhead Verification: Alex Glaser (Princeton)

Luncheon Speaker: Richard Garwin’s Biography: Joel Shurkin (shared Pulitzer).

II. Multilateral Arms Control
NAS Nuclear Test-Ban Studies: Raymond Jeanloz (UC-Berkeley)
CTBT On-Site Inspections: J.J. Zucca (LLNL)
Control of Conventional Arms: Bruce Turner (State Dept.)
Space Weapon Technology and Policy: Theresa Hitchens (U. Maryland)
BMD Countermeasures: George Lewis (Cornell)
CW/BW Arms Control: Robert Mikulak (former U.S. Ambassador to OPCW)

III. Nuclear Proliferation (9:00 a.m., Saturday)
North Korea’s Nuclear Program: David Albright (ISIS)
Joint Plan of Action with Iran: George Perkovich (CEIP)
Future of NPT, Measures to Reduce Nuclear Dangers: Daryl Kimball (ACA)
Role of Safeguards to Ensure Compliance: Sandy Spector (MIIS)
Quadripartite ABACC; A Model for Others: Togzhan Kassenova (CEIP)
Further Proliferation from Nuclear Power Infrastructure: Sharon Squassoni (CSIS)

IV. Terrorism
General Threat from Terrorists: (Steve Sin and Herbert Tinsley, START, University of Maryland)
Nuclear Terrorism – Threat or Not: Miles Pomper (MIIS)
Technologies to Counter Aviation Security Threats: TBD
Drone Warfare: Hugh Gusterson (GWU)
Countering Nuclear Terrorism with Technology: Mike Carter (LLNL)
Summary of Countering Terrorist Threats: Tony Fainberg (IDA)