Short Course on Nuclear Weapon Issues in the 21st Century

Sponsored by the American Physical Society’s Forum on Physics & Society & GWU Elliot School

Saturday/Sunday, November 2–3, 2013
The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington, DC

A popular technical workshop is making a repeat performance. The first two conferences on physics and nuclear weapon issues were published in American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings #104 and #178. International experts will give the technical background to understand the issues. We recommend signing up early, as it probably will sell out. The cost is $100 for 24 talks, a 400-page book, 2 lunches, plus $30 for the banquet (first 70).

The event is organized by Pierce Corden (AAAS), David Hafemeister (CalPoly) and Peter Zimmerman (Kings College, emeritus). Information/registration at or by check, APS Meetings Dept., American Physical Society, 1 Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD, 20740-3844. Contact (805-544-5096) for more details.

Saturday, November 2, 8:30 am

Keynote Address: Nuclear Arms Control Issues
Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State

I. Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control
Monitoring the START Treaties – Edward Ifft, Georgetown U.
Monitoring Nuclear Weapons – Dick Garwin, IBM Fellow, Sunday PM
Modernizing the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal – Hans Kristensen, Federation of American Scientists
Future Nuclear Weapons Policies – James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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

III. Ballistic Missile Defense
NAS Study on Ballistic Missile Defense – Dean Wilkening, LLNL
Science, Technology and Politics of BMD – Philip Coyle, CACNP

Saturday Evening Banquet: Intersection of CTBT with NPT and FMCT
Tom Graham, former ACDA General Counsel

Sunday November 3, 8:30 am

IV. Nuclear Proliferation
Evolution of the Non-Proliferation Regime – Arian Pregenzer, Sandia, Saturday PM
North Korean Nuclear Program, Negotiations and the Role of Science – Robert Gallucci, MacArthur Foundation
India and Pakistan’s Nuclear Programs – Zia Mian, Princeton
Monitoring Centrifuges and Blend-Down – Larry Satkowiak, ORNL
Laser and Centrifuge Enrichment – Francis Slakey, APS/Georgetown U.
Monitoring the FMCT – Frank Von Hippel, Princeton
Nuclear Forensics – Jay Davis, Hertz Foundation
Iran’s Nuclear Program and Negotiations – David Albright, ISIS

V. Mass Casualty Terrorism
Science and Technology for Homeland Security – Daniel Gerstein, Deputy Under Secretary Homeland Security
Risks and Responses to Mass Terrorism – Peter Zimmerman, Kings College, emeritus
Terrorism and Nuclear Detection – Warren Stern, BNL
Scanning of Vehicles for Nuclear Materials – Jonathan Katz, Washington U.

Conference Review and the Future
Pierce Corden, AAAS

These contributions have not been peer-refereed. They represent solely the view(s) of the author(s) and not necessarily the view of APS.