Huessy's Breakfast Series

Peter Huessy's 2013 AFA NDIA and ROA Congressional Breakfast Seminar Series

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The Peter Huessy Congressional Breakfast Seminar Series began in 1983 as a parallel effort to the Reagan administration’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.

The 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 including maritime security and cyber security.

The series also hears from outside experts, including former US and allied government and military leaders on these issues to further highlight, explain and comment on administration policy and threats facing America.

The series has heard from over 1500 speakers including four former Vice President’s of the United States, Senate and House Armed Services Committee chairmen, top military leaders including the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Service Chiefs and other key military commanders and civilian policy leaders.

The series pays particular attention to the threats from nuclear and biological terrorism, state sponsors of terror, especially Iran and North Korea, and their allies, including Russia and China. The series emphasizes the building of consensus and exploring areas of 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.

Huessy's Corner

The danger of repeating the cycle of American isolationism
By Joseph I. Lieberman and Jon Kyl, Published: April 25,
The case for American retrenchment has gained new traction in Washington. Much as in the past, economic problems and public war-weariness have spurred calls from Democrats and Republicans alike for neo-isolationist policies...

Remarks by Secretary Hagel at the National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C
I have taken the liberty of taking some key excerpts from the Secretary’s remarks that deal with nuclear weapons and missile defense and the DPRK and China. They are here below...

The Growing Nuclear Cascade-Terror Sponsoring States and Nuclear Proliferation
By Peter Huessy, President

With North Korea threat looming, US nuclear disarmament has others deciding to 'arm up'
By Rebeccah Heinrichs,, March 13, 2013
North Korea threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack against the U.S. last week. On Monday, Pyongyang turned up the heat, declaring that it was scrapping the armistice that ended the Korean War 60 years ago. It seems the Kim regime would have us believe it is serious about posing a nuclear threat to us and our allies.

In 2009, the same year when North Korea last announced it was nullifying the armistice, then-Senator Chuck Hagel raised what he assumed was a rhetorical question: “How can we preach to other countries that you can’t have nuclear weapons but we can and our allies can?” I would assume now Defense Secretary Hagel would get an enthusiastic“amen” on this point from Kim Jong Un....More..

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2013 Seminar Schedule    Return to the top    2012 Series and Audio Recordings
*unless otherwise noted, the breakfast seminars will take place at the Capitol Hill Club

February 6, 2013: Senator John Hoeven
Topic: The Continuing Case for the Nuclear Triad.

April 19, 2013: Clark Murdock, Director of PONI
Topic: The Emerging Strategic Consensus
April 24, 2013: Chairman Mike Rogers
Topic: HASC Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Nuclear and Missile Defense Modernization
April 30, 2013: Vice Admiral William R. Burke, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Warfare Systems (N9)
Topic: Navy Perspectives on Trident Strategic Modernization
May 7, 2013: Mr. Don Cook, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, NNSA
Topic: Sustaining the Nuclear Enterprise
May 10, 2013: Dr. Mark Schneider (NIPP) and Dr. Steve Blank (Army War College)
Topic: Future Russian Strategic Challenges
Transcript  Supplemental Information
*May 14, 2013: Senator Jon Tester, (D-Montana), Member of the SAC
Topic: Perspectives on Nuclear Deterrence, Arms Control and the Triad
May 15, 2013: Frank Miller
Topic: Challenges to Achieving Strategic Stability
Transcript  Supplemental Information
May 24, 2013: Michael Pillsbury, Gordon Chang, and Richard Fisher
Topic: China’s Challenge: Nuclear and Missile Defense Perspectives
Transcript  Transcript 2  Transcript 3  Transcript 4
June 4, 2013: General Richard Formica, Commander, SMDC
Topic: Global and Layered Missile Defense Perspectives
June 7, 2013: Maj Gen Garrett Harencak, Assistant Chief of Staff
Topic: Future of USAF Nuclear Deterrent Forces
June 11, 2013: Senator Jon Kyl, (retired)
Topic: The Enduring Requirements of US Strategic Security: Nuclear Deterrence, Arms Control, Defense Policy and Missile Defense
June 12, 2013 General Robert Kehler, Commander, US Strategic Command
Topic: Missile Defense, Nuclear Deterrence, Arms Control, Prompt Global Strike and the Search for Strategic Stability in a Constrained Budget Environment
June 13, 2013: Amb. Linton Brooks and John Harvey, OSD
Topic; The Nuclear Infrastructure Challenge and Deterrence Implications
Transcript   Supplemental Information
June 14, 2013: General Larry Welch (ret), IDA
Topic: Nuclear Triad, Arms Control, Deterrence and America’s Security
June 19, 2013: Mr. Gil Klinger, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space and Intelligence
Topic: GeoSpatial and Space Issues
Off the Record -- No Media
June 20, 2013: Senator Jeff Sessions, SASC and SBC
Topic: Missile Defense and Nuclear Deterrence Futures, A Senate Perspective
June 21, 2013 Frank Rose
Topic:Missile Defense and Nuclear Deterrent Acquisition Strategy
June 26, 2013: Admiral Terry Benedict, Director, SSP
Topic: Naval Strategic Modernization and Nuclear Deterrence Perspectives
July 10, 2013: Mr. Robert Bell, SecDef Represenative to NATO
Topic: EPAA, Missile Defense, Arms Control and Current Perspectives
Sponsor Only Event
July 16, 2013: Gen. Shelton, Commander, US Air Force Space Command
Topic: Cyber Security Space Missile & Defense and US Security

July 17, 2013: Jim Miller, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Topic: Nuclear Deterrence: New Guidance, Constant Commitment

July 18: Trent Franks, HASC Member, Co-Chair of the EMP Caucus and Missile Defense Caucus
Topic: EMP and Nuclear Threats, Missile Defense Issues and Infrastructure Protection

July 19, 2013: General Uzi Rubin (Ret), Rubincon
Topic: Middle East Perspectives on Missile Threats and Global Missile Defense Responses

July 25, 2013 Barry Blechman and Robert Butterworth
Topic: Contemporary Role of US Nuclear Weapons

*This will be a luncheon at the CHC

July 30, 2013: Preventing Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism – Challenges and Perspectives” featuring Mr. John Zabko, Assistant Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Mr. John MacKinney, Director, Nuclear and Radiological Policy, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

July 31, 2013: Lt Gen James Kowalski, Commander, Global Strike Command, USAF
Topic: Nuclear Deterrent, Prompt Strike and Triad Perspectives

TBD: A seminar will feature a discussion of “China Cyber Warfare Against the United States and Prospects for Engagement”