The Mitchell Institute and 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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