Short Course on Nuclear Weapon Issues in the 21st Century

November 2-3, 2013
The George Washington University
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street., NW
Washington, DC

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

A popular technical workshop is making a repeat performance. International experts will give the technical background to understand the issues. We recommend signing up early, as it probably will sell out.

The first two conferences on physics and nuclear weapon issues were published in American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings #104 and #178.

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Registration Fees: $100
Registration fee includes 24 talks, a 400-page book, and 2 lunches.
Banquet tickets are $30 and limited to the first 45 people who purchase tickets.

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Saturday, November 2, 8:30am

Opening Session
 8:45-9:00am  Welcome and Introduction  
 9:00-9:40  Keynote Address: Nuclear Arms Control Issues  Greg Delawie, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State)


 I. Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control 
 9:40-10:20am  Monitoring the START Treaties  Edward Ifft, Georgetown University
 Sun PM  Monitoring Nuclear Weapons  Dick Garwin, IBM Fellow
 10:20-10:40am  Coffee  
 11:00-11:40am  Modernizing the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal  Hans Kristensen, Federation of American Scientists
 11:40am-12:20pm  Future Nuclear Weapons Policies  
 12:20-1:00pm  Lunch  James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


 II.  Comprehensive Nuclear–Test–Ban Treaty  
 1:00-1:40pm  Radioxenon Monitoring and the CTBT  Ted Bowyer, PNNL
 1:40-2:20pm  Seismic Monitoring: 2012 NAS Report and Recent Explosions, Earthquakes, Meteorites  Paul Richards, Columbia
 2:20-3:00pm  CTBT On-site Inspections  Jay Zucca, LLNL
 3:00-3:20pm  Coffee  
 3:20-4:00pm  Stockpile Stewardship and the NAS Report Marvin Adams, Texas A&M 


 III. Ballistic Missile Defense  
 4:00-4:40pm  NAS Study on Ballistic Missile Defense  Dean Wilkening, LLNL
 4:40-5:20pm  Science, Technology and Politics of BMD  Philip Coyle, CACNP


 Saturday Event Banquet 
 5:30pm  Intersection of CTBT with NPT and FMCT  Tom Graham, former ACDA General Counsel


Sunday, November 3, 8:30 a.m.

 IV.  Nuclear Proliferation 
 8:30-9:10am  Evolution of the Non-Proliferation Regime Arian Pregenzer, Sandia 
 9:10-9:50am  North Korean Nuclear Program, Negotiations and the Role of Science  Robert Gallucci, MacArthur Foundation
 9:50-10:30am  Monitoring Centrifuges and Blend-Down  Larry Satkowiak, ORNL
 10:30-10:40am  Coffee  
 10:40-11:20am  India and Pakistan's Nuclear Programs  Zia Mian, Princeton
 11:20am-12:00pm  Laser and Centrifuge Enrichment Olli Heinonen, Harvard, former IAEA Safeguards Director
 12:00–12:30pm  Lunch  
 12:30-1:10pm  Monitoring the FMCT   Frank Von Hippel, Princeton
 1:10-1:50pm  Nuclear Forensics  Jay Davis, Hertz Foundation
 1:50-2:30pm  Iran's Nuclear Program and Negotiations  David Albright, ISIS
 2:30-3:10pm  Monitoring Nuclear Weapons  Dick Garwin, IBM Fellow
 3:10-3:20pm  Coffee  


 V.  Mass Casualty Terrorism 
 3:20-4:00pm  Science and Technology for Homeland Security  Daniel Gerstein, Deputy Under Secretary Homeland Security
 4:00-4:40pm  Risks and Responses to Mass Terrorism  Peter Zimmerman, Kings College, London, emeritus
 4:40-5:20pm  Terrorism and Nuclear Detection  Warren Stern, BNL
 5:20-6:00pm  Scanning of Vehicles for Nuclear Materials  Jonathan Katz, Washington U.


Closing Session
 6:00pm  Conference Review and the Future  Pierce Corden, AAAS



The event is organized by Pierce Corden (AAAS), David Hafemeister (CalPoly) and Peter Zimmerman (Kings College, emeritus).

For more information, please contact:
David Hafemeister
Phone: (805) 544-5096