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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, complementary 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 Presidents 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 complementary speakers who can help fully illuminate the serious security challenges we face as a country.

Huessy's Corner

The price of nuclear deterrence: Minot AFB’s bombers, ICBMs have major role in nuclear deterrence
October 31, 2014
by ELOISE OGDEN - Regional Editor ( , Minot Daily News [used by permission]
An expert in the strategic nuclear enterprise says the next Congress will need to determine if the nuclear modernization effort the administration and Congress agreed on a few years ago can be afforded.

.Peter Huessy, founder and president of GeoStrategic Analysis, a defense and national security consulting firm in Potomac, Md., also said that group must decide if the cap on budget planning is consistent with the U.S. maintaining the security it needs...

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
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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2015 Seminar Schedule*    Space Power Breakfast Seminars    Return to the top
Previous Series and Audio Recordings:   2012   2013   2014

*unless otherwise noted, the breakfast seminars will take place at the Capitol Hill Club
March 27, 2015: Mr. Robert Bell: ", Senior Civilian Representative in Europe of the Secretary of Defense: “EPAA and ballistic Missile Defense in Europe.”

April 14, 2015: Mark Schneider: "Russian Nuclear Modernization, the Ukraine Crisis, and the Threat to NATO" & Steve Blank: “Russia's New Strategic Doctrine and Capabilities”
April 17, 2015: Chris Ford: “Meditations on US Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense Strategy: Growing DPRK, Iran, and China Power” & Bruce Klingner: “Time to Get North Korean Sanctions Right”
April 21, 2015: Lt. Gen Stephen Wilson, Commander, USAF Global Strike Command: “AFGSC: Reflections on the Past and a Look Into the Future”
April 28, 2015: Senator Jon Hoeven: “What is an Affordable and Credible Nuclear Deterrent?”
May 12, 2015: Clark Murdock (CSIS): “Defining U.S. Nuclear Strategy and Posture in 2020-2050.”
May 13, 2015: Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, ACS for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, “The Requirements and Contributions of Nuclear Deterrence”
May 19, 2015: Amb. Brooks: “Deterrent Options for the Future” & John Harvey: “NNSA Plans: Nuclear Enterprise Contributions”

May 22, 2015: Frank Miller: “Does A Modern Deterrent Matter? The Case of Ballistic Missile Defense and Nuclear Forces”
May 26, 2015: Rick Fischer: “China’s Nuclear Build-up—Implications for American Strategic Strategy”; & Gordon Chang: “China's and North Korea's Nukes Tip Balance Against the U.S.” & Ed Timperlake: “US and Allied Military Deterrence Challenges in the 2nd Nuclear Age”
Transcript   Transcript 2 -- Rick Fisher  Transcpt 3 -- Gordon G. Chang
Fischer Chang Timperlake Transcript
May 29, 2015: Rear Admiral Joseph E. Tofalo, Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97): “Some Nuclear Deterrent Perspectives”

June 3, 2015: James Miller: “Strategic Deterrence in the Coming Decades—BMD and Nuclear Challenges”
June 12, 2015: Congressman Bridenstine: “Congress and Threats to and Policies to Protect American Space Assets”
June 16, 2015: Lt Gen James Kowalski, Deputy Commander, US Strategic Command, “The Enduring Requirements of Deterrence: Implications for BMD, Space, & Nuclear Policy”
June 18, 2015: Brig Gen Kenneth Todorov, Deputy Director of Missile Defense Agency (MDA) “The Missile Defense Program”
June 19: Vice Adm. Terry Benedict, Director of the Navy's Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), "The Navy's Contribution to Nuclear Deterrence"
June 25, 2015: Elbridge Colby (CNAS): "A Resurgent Russia: Its Strategy and Strategic Posture and Their Implications for the United States and NATO" & Maj Gen William Chambers (Ret): “NE Asia Challenges for US Security: BMD and Nuclear Dimensions”
June 26, 2015: Congressman Cramer: “House Perspectives on Defense Spending, Deterrence and American Security”

July 1, 2015: Rebeccah Heinrichs (a fellow at George C. Marshall Institute and an adjunct at Hudson Institute) & Steve Pifer (Brookings): "Dealing With—and Dissuading—Russia? Missile Defense and Arms Control in NATO and Eastern Europe: A Discussion"
July 8, 2015: Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman, the Strategic Forces Subcommittee: “HASC Perspectives on Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense”

July 14, 2015: Tom Karako (CSIS) & Jim Acton (Carnegie): “Strategic Challenges and Responses: Nuclear, BMD, and Emerging Technologies: A Discussion”

July 16, 2015: Mr. Thomas D’Agostino, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development, Fluor Corporation, and former NNSA Administrator: “Private Sector Perspectives on NNSA”, 8-9am, AFA Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia

July 17, 2015: Uzi Rubin: “Middle East Missile Developments and BMD Responses—An Update”

July 22, 2015:Senator Joe Donnelly, (D-IN) SASC "Some Senate Perspectives on Strategic Issues"

July 24, 2015: Frank A. Rose, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance: “Missile Defense, Arms Control and America’s Security”

July 28, 2015: John Harvey former Principal Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs: “Some Perspectives on the Future of the Nuclear Enterprise”.

September 16: “Emerging Missile Defense and SMDC Requirements” by Lieutenant General David L. Mann, Commander, USASMDC/ARSTRAT

TBD: Rear Admiral Richard P. Breckinridge, Director, Warfare Integration Division (N91): “The ORP and Navy’s Role in Deterrent Requirements”

TBD Senator Jeff Sessions, (R-AL) SASC

TBD Representative Trent Franks (R-AR) HASC

TBD Keith Payne & Amb. Robert Joseph