Huessy Breakfast Series

Peter Huessy Breakfast Series with AFA-NDIA-ROA



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.

Huessy's Corner

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...

Previous Links from Huessy's Corner

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For Your Continued Support!

Nuclear Deterrence, Missile Defense and Homeland Security Sponsors
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John Wohlstetter
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BAE Systems
Inter Sat General
Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
Orbital Sciences

Registrations will be INVITATION ONLY. If you are interested in attending an event but have not received a link to register, please email Peter Huessy at

2014 Seminar Schedule*    Return to the top
Previous Series and Audio Recordings:   2012   2013

*unless otherwise noted, the breakfast seminars will take place at the Capitol Hill Club

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 6, 2014: Clark Murdock, CSIS/PONI
Nuclear Modernization in an Era of Budget Austerity

May 13, 2014: Franklin Miller
Emerging Deterrent Challenges - Thoughts on the Nuclear Triad and Arms Control

May 14, 2014: Frank Rose, Department of State
Gulf Cooperation Council and Ballistic Missile Defense

May 15, 2014: Arnold Punaro, McKenzie Eaglin, and Todd Harrison
Defense Budget Challenges, Sequestration Threats and Nuclear Triad Costs

May 20, 2014: Gordon Chang, Rick Fischer, and Ed Timberlake
China's Rise, US Deterrent Challenges: the Realities of the Second Nuclear Age

May 23, 2014: Steve Blank (AFPC) and Mark Schneider (NIPP)
New Trends in Russian Nuclear Defense Strategy; and Russian Nuclear Modernization and Security Challenges

May 30 2014: Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
The Future of ICBM and Strategic Deterrence 

​June 3, 2014: Elbridge Colby (CNAS) and General William Chambers (ret), (IDA) 
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

June 5, 2014: Ambassador Linton Brooks and John Harvey
Nuclear Proliferation, Deterrence, and Arms Control and the NNSA Enterprise 

June 11, 2014: Congressman Mike D. Rogers, House Armed Services Committee
House Perspectives on Missile Defense and Nuclear Deterrence 

June 13, 2014: Admiral Terry Benedict
Ohio Replacement Program; SSP and the Sea-based Deterrent 

June 17, 2014: General Garrett Harencak
Current Triad Requirements and Future Challenges 

June 20, 2014: General Larry Welch, President Emeritus, IDA, former Chief of Staff, USAF
Enduring Deterrent Truths and American Security Needs 

June 24, 2014: Lt Gen Stephen Wilson, Commander, Global Strike Command
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 11, 2014: Uzi Rubin
Mideast Missile Realities and Missile Defense Capabilities

July 16, 2014: Chris Ford, SAC PSM, James Acton (CEIP), and Matthew Kroenig, Georgetown Professor
 ​Nuclear Proliferation in Iran; The Right Nuclear Triad, BMD, Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Responses

July 18, 2014: Rob Soofer, SASC PSM, Leonor Tomero, HASC PSM
Perspective on Deterrence and Defense Needs 

Date TBD: Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander US Strategic Command

Date TBD: Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
HASC and HAC Perspectives on Future Missile Defense and Homeland Security: EMP, Terrorism, and Homeland Threats

Date TBD: Admiral Richard Mies
Requirements for Deterrence, Myths and Realities

Date TBD: Senator Jeff Sessions
Budget Challenges and US Deterrence and Defense Requirements

Date TBD: Elaine Bunn
Administration Missile Defense and Nuclear Modernization Futures

Date TBD: General Frank Klotz, Administrator, NNSA (nominated)
Fiscal, Stockpile, and Sustainment Challenges for the NNSA

Date TBD: Admiral Syring, Dierector, Missile Defense Agency
Perspectives on Missile Defense, Next Steps and Challenges

Date TBD: Lt. Gen Frank Kowalski, Vice Commnder, US Strategic Command
Deterrence Matters