The Peter Huessy Congressional Breakfast Seminars continue a series began in 1983 as a parallel effort to the nation’s strategic modernization, space and arms control agenda. In 1985, we added a missile defense series and then in 2000 we added a homeland security component.
We have also hosted on occasion a separate, complimentary series on such matters as airlift, space and strategic bomber modernization, and a high level dinner series with such speakers as Fran Townsend, James Miller, James Cartwright, and General Alexander. Parallel to this effort is our new Space Power to the War Fighter breakfast series that is held the first Friday of each month from February-November 2014
The nuclear deterrence and missile defense congressional breakfast series hears from senior administration and top congressional leaders in strategic nuclear matters, missile defense policy, space, arms control and proliferation matters, and homeland security.
The series then hears from outside experts, including former US, allied government and military leaders on these issues to further highlight, explain and comment on administration policy and the current assessment of threats facing America.
Since its inception, the series has now hosted over 1750 events and heard from four former Vice President’s of the United States, 10 Senate and House Armed Services Committee chairmen, top military leaders including three chairman and four Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, eight USAF Service Chiefs and other key military commanders as well as top security policy leaders from the departments of defense, state, energy and homeland security.
The series pays particular attention to the threats from nuclear weapons, state sponsors of terror, especially Iran and North Korea, and their allies, including Russia and China, and the missile means of delivery. The series examines important nuclear deterrent and missile defense issues including counter proliferation, arms control, nuclear forensics, Nunn-Lugar, the NNSA and the proliferation security Initiative. The series emphasizes the seeking of consensus and exploring areas of bipartisan agreement where US security can be enhanced, as well as carefully explaining what conventional wisdom and popular media analysis often ignore
The series is bipartisan and dedicated to the further education of the US military, national security and homeland security policy community, including those affiliated with our allies and friends. Wherever possible we feature a number of complimentary speakers which can help fully illuminate the serious security challenges we face as a country.
Air Force Association Mitchell Institute Friday Space Group Forum with General William Shelton, Commander, United States Space Command
The Complexities of the Nuclear Weapons Landscape
by Rebeccah Heinrichs, The Foundry
Two recently released government reports show that the worldwide nuclear threat is getting more complex and more dangerous ...
How U.S. Military Power Holds the World Together
by Daniel Goure, inFocus Quarterly, Summer 2013
Nations, like nature, abhor a vacuum. It must be filled. How it is filled, by whom and with what are the challenging questions. Unlike nature, which seeks to fill a vacuum with whatever is handy and can be stuffed or sucked into the space available, nations rely on power...
Speaking Notes: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policies and Programs
Previous Links from Huessy's Corner
Strategic Weapons in the 21st Century
Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC, John R. Harvey, 23 January 2014
I am pleased to be invited to this annual event hosted by Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Labs. Today, I will recap some developments over the past year in the nuclear forces arena—all have a close connection to the “stability” theme of this conference...
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April 29, 2014: Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) & Senator John Hoeven (R-North Dakota)
Topic: The ICBM And Bomber Fleet In Us Nuclear Deterrent Futures
Location: Reserve Officers Association
May 2, 2014: Clark Murdock, CSIS/PONI
Topic: Nuclear Modernization in an Era of Budget Austerity
May 13, 2014: Franklin Miller
Topic: Emerging Deterrent Challenges - Thoughts on the Nuclear Triad and Arms Control
May 14, 2014: Frank Rose, Department of State
Topic: Gulf Cooperation Council and Ballistic Missile Defense
May 15, 2014: Arnold Punaro, Mackenzie Eaglin, and Todd Harrison
Topic: Defense Budget Challenges, Sequestration Threats and Nuclear Triad Costs
May 20, 2014: Gordon Chang, Rick Fischer, and Ed Timberlake
Topic: China's Rise, US Deterrent Challenges: the Realities of the Second Nuclear Age
May 23, 2014: Steve Blank (AFPC) and Mark Schneider (NIPP)
Topic: New Trends in Russian Nuclear Defense Strategy; and Russian Nuclear Modernization and Security Challenges
May 29, 2014: Remarks by Robert Bell, Representative of the Office of the Secretary of Defense to NATO
Topic: NATO and Missile Defense
Event was off the record,for a transcript please contact speaker.
May 30 2014: Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
Topic: The Future of ICBM and Strategic Deterrence
June 3, 2014: Elbridge Colby (CNAS) and General William Chambers (ret), (IDA)
Topic: Growing Challenges to US Nuclear Deterrence and Assurance in Asia-Pacific and Implications for US Strategic Posture & Forces
June 4, 2014: Lt. Gen. David Mann, Commander, Space and Missile Defense Command
Topic: Strategic and Integrated Missile Defense
Transcript Transcript 2
June 5, 2014: Ambassador Linton Brooks and John Harvey
Topic: Nuclear Proliferation, Deterrence, and Arms Control and the NNSA Enterprise
June 11, 2014: Congressman Mike D. Rogers, House Armed Services Committee
Topic: House Perspectives on Missile Defense and Nuclear Deterrence.
June 13, 2014: Admiral Terry Benedict
Topic: Ohio Replacement Program; SSP and the Sea-based Deterrent
June 17, 2014: General Garrett Harencak
Topic: Current Triad Requirements and Future Challenges
June 18, 2014: Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander US Strategic Command
Topic: The Strategic Challenges Facing the US: The Roadmap Ahead
June 20, 2014: General Larry Welch, President Emeritus, IDA, former Chief of Staff, USAF
Topic: Enduring Deterrent Truths and American Security Needs
June 24, 2014: Lt Gen Stephen Wilson, Commander, Global Strike Command
Topic: AFGSC: Five Years of Moving Forward
July 8, 2014: Rebecca Heinrichs (Heritage) and Steve Pifer (Brookings)
Topic: Russia, EPAA Missile Defense and Future Deterrence and Arms Control Options
July 16, 2014: Chris Ford, SAC PSM, James Acton (CEIP), and Matthew Kroenig, Georgetown Professor
Topic: Nuclear Proliferation in Iran; The Right Nuclear Triad, BMD, Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Responses
Transcript Iranian Nuclear Negotiating and the World's Nonproliferation 'OODA Loop'
July 18, 2014: Rob Soofer, SASC PSM, Leonor Tomero, HASC PSM
Topic: Perspective on Deterrence and Defense Needs
Event was off the record,for a transcript please contact speaker.
September 12, 2014: Uzi Rubin
Topic: Mideast Missile Realities and Missile Defense Capabilities
September 18, 2014: Triad: the Way Forward
Speaker(s): Lt Gen Stephen Wilson, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command
Topic: USAF Contributions to the Triad
Speaker(s): Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Rep Mike Rogers (R-AL 3rd), Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Rep Kevin Cramer (R-ND At Large)
Topic: Congressional Views of the Triad and the role of ICBMs, Submarines and Bombers
Transcript Transcript 2 Transcript 3
Speaker(s): Lt Gen (ret) Frank Klotz, Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security
Topic: Sustaining the nuclear weapons stockpile and modernizing the nuclear weapons production infrastructure
General Klotz mentioned these two as very important studies in his remarks: Study 1 Study 2
Speaker(s): Maj Gen Sandra Finan, Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center
Topic: Modernizing the Air Forceʼs Strategic Deterrent
Speaker(s): Maj Gen Garrett Harencak, Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration (A10)
Topic: Modernizing the Air Force’s Strategic Deterrent-
Speaker(s): Maj Gen Jack Weinstein, Commander, 20th Air Force
Topic: Modernizing the Force Through Culture Change
Speaker(s): RDML Joe Tofalo, Director Undersea Warfare Division (N97)
Topic: Modernizing the Navyʼs Strategic Deterrent
Speaker(s): ADM Cecil Haney, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
Topic: The View from Omaha: Strategic Nuclear Modernization, The Way Ahead
Speaker(s): Amb. Robert Joseph, National Institute for Public Policy; Dr. Keith Payne, National Institute for Public Policy; The Honorable Frank C. Miller, Principal, The Scowcroft Group; ADM Richard Mies (Ret), Former Commander, US Strategic Command
Topic: Nuclear Force Adaptability for Deterrence and Assurance: A Prudent Alternative to Minimum Deterrence
Please note: Admiral Richard Mies remarks are background only
September 25, 2014: Lt. Gen James Kowalski, Vice Commander, US Strategic Command
Topic: Deterrence Matters