United States Strategic Command Offutt Airforce Base, Nebraska

2014 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium

August 13 - 14, 2014 | LaVista, NE | LaVista Conference Center

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DAY 1: 13 AUG


  • 8:00-8:05 OPENING REMARKS

    Major General David D. Thompson, Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command

  • 8:05-8:20 WELCOMING REMARKS: Commanders Perspective

    Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command

  • 8:20-9:50 PANEL #1 Evolving Deterrence Concepts: Past, Present & Future

    • Moderator: Dr. Chris Yeaw, Chief Scientist, Air Force Global Strike Command
    • Panel:
    • Dr. Jeffrey Berejikian, Associate Professor, University of Georgia
    • Dr. Robert Jervis, Professor of International Politics, Columbia University
    • Dr. Jerrold Post, Director, Political Psychology Program, The George Washington University
    • Dr. Shmuel Bar, Founder and CEO IntuView, Israel
    • Dr. William Casebeer, Program Manager, DARPA
  • 9:50-10:10 BREAK

  • 10:10-11:40 PANEL #2 Mutually Assured Stability (MAS) vs. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) — Transforming Geopolitical Relationships In a Regional Context

    • Moderator:  Dr. Bradley Roberts, Consulting Professor and William Perry Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
    • Panel:
    • Mr. Elbridge Colby, Principal Analyst, Center for Naval Analysis
    • Dr. James Wirtz, Dean School of International Graduate Studies, Naval Postgraduate School
    • Mr. Fred Frederickson, Director of Nuclear Policy Division on the NATO International Staff


  • 11:40-12:00 BREAK

  • 12:00-1:30 LUNCH

  • 1:00-1:30 Perspectives on Deterrence

    • Keynote Speaker: TBD
  • 1:30-1:45 BREAK

  • 1:45-3:30 PANEL #3 The Influence Of Emerging Domains And Capabilities On Deterrence

    • Moderator:  Mr. Tom McKance, Former Director General of Security Policy, UK Ministry of Defence 
    • Panel:
    • Dr. Forrest Morgan, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
    • Ambassador Gregory Schulte, Faculty, National War College
    • Ambassador Ronald Lehman, Director, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Department of Energy
    • Dr. Martin Libicki, Senior Management Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • 3:30-3:45 BREAK

  • 3:45-5:15 PANEL #4 Strategic Deterrence And The Challenges Of Establishing Standards Of Behavior For The Space And Cyberspace Domains

    • Moderator: Major General Sandra Finan, Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB
    • Panel:
    • Dr. James Lewis, Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies
    • Mr. Michael Krepon, Co-Founder, Stimson Center
    • Dr. James Forsyth Jr., Professor, USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
    • Mr. Frank Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
  • 5:15-6:30 DINNER RECEPTION

  • 6:30 DINNER

     Keynote Speaker:  Mr. M. Zudhi Jasser, M.D., Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy

DAY 2: 14 AUG



  • 8:00-8:30 Perspectives on Deterrence

    Keynote Speaker:  Lieutenant General Frank Klotz (Ret), Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, and NNSA Administrator 

  • 8:30-10:00 PANEL #5 Balancing “Freedom of Action” and “Denying Capabilities” in Deterrence

    • Moderator: Lieutenant General Robert Elder (Ret), Research Professor, George Mason University
    • Panel:
    • Dr. Li Bin, Senior Associate, Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    • Dr. Keir Lieber, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
    • Dr. John Sheldon, Founder and Senior Consultant, The Torridon Group
    • Mr. John Zabko, Assistant Director of the Architecture and Plans Directorate, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Department of Homeland Security


  • 10:00-10:10 BREAK

  • 10:10-11:40 PANEL #6 Planning And Executing A Successful Deterrence & Assurance Campaign

    • Moderator: Major General Garrett Harencak, HQ USAF A10  
    • Panel:
    • Major General (Ret) John Macdonald, Former Assistant Chief of Staff, C-3/J-3, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/USFK
    • Dr. Shai Feldman, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at the Brandeis University
    • Dr. Keith Payne, Former Assistant Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Policy and Professor and Department Head, Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Missouri State University
    • RADM John Gower, OBE CB MNI, ACDS Nuclear & Chemical, Biological, UK
  • 11:40-11:50 BREAK

  • 11:50-1:00 LUNCH

  • 12:30-1:00 Perspectives on Deterrence

    • Keynote Speaker:  Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security

  • 1:05-1:25 BREAK

  • 1:15-2:45 Panel #7 How Might Nuclear Deterrence Fail In A Limited Way and What Should We Do About It If It Does

    • Moderator:  Ms. Elaine Bunn, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy
    • Panel:
    • Dr. Chris Twomey, Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
    • Mr. Sugio Takahashi, Senior Analyst on Nuclear Stability, Japanese Ministry of Defense
    • Mr. Saheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings, India
  • 3:15-3:30 CLOSING COMMENTS

    • Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command