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March 28, 2014, 7:55 a.m.

What’s next on non­pro­lif­er­a­tion and in­ter­na­tion­al se­cur­ity, in Wash­ing­ton and around the globe.

— March 31: Dis­cus­sion pan­el­ists Robert Ein­horn, Frank von Hip­pel and Den­nis Ross con­verge on the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion in Wash­ing­ton for an event ex­amin­ing “The Ir­an Ne­go­ti­ations: Re­quire­ments for a Fi­nal Deal.”

— March 31: The Nuc­le­ar Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty and the “hu­man­it­ari­an con­sequences” of nuc­le­ar arms will be the fo­cus of a pan­el dis­cus­sion sponsored in Wash­ing­ton by the Arms Con­trol As­so­ci­ation, in co­oper­a­tion with the Phys­i­cians for So­cial Re­spons­ib­il­ity. Speak­ers in­clude Am­bas­sad­or Desra Per­caya, who rep­res­ents In­done­sia at the United Na­tions, and four arms-con­trol is­sue ex­perts.

— March 31: Thomas Coun­try­man is off to Ten­ness­ee. The as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary of State for in­ter­na­tion­al se­cur­ity and non­pro­lif­er­a­tion will dis­cuss “Glob­al Se­cur­ity and U.S. For­eign Policy” at the Uni­versity of Ten­ness­ee in Knoxville. It’s not Coun­try­man’s alma ma­ter, Wash­ing­ton Uni­versity in St. Louis — Go Bat­tling Bears! But, hey, not every in­sti­tu­tion of high­er learn­ing has an In­sti­tute for Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity like UT’s, in the back­yard of Oak Ridge Na­tion­al Labor­at­ory and the Y-12 Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Com­plex.

— April 1: No April Fools al­lowed at a U.S. Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee hear­ing to dis­cuss En­ergy and De­fense de­part­ment pro­lif­er­a­tion-pre­ven­tion pro­grams, first in open and then in closed ses­sion. Seni­or of­fi­cials in­volved in com­bat­ing weapons of mass de­struc­tion, rep­res­ent­ing both agen­cies, will testi­fy.

— April 2: U.S. En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est Mon­iz, fresh off of ac­com­pa­ny­ing Pres­id­ent Obama to the 2014 Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Sum­mit in The Hag­ue, Neth­er­lands, ap­pears be­fore the House Ap­pro­pri­ations En­ergy and Wa­ter De­vel­op­ment Sub­com­mit­tee to dis­cuss his agency’s fisc­al 2015 budget re­quest. His de­part­ment in­cludes the semi-autonom­ous Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which over­sees the U.S. atom­ic-weapons com­plex and en­gages in glob­al ef­forts to stanch pro­lif­er­a­tion.

— April 2: What hap­pens after the es­tim­ated 3,000 mem­bers of the press, 53 world lead­ers and un­told num­bers of is­sues ex­perts and sup­port staff all re­turn home after spend­ing March 24 and 25 in The Hag­ue? They fo­cus on “Cre­at­ing a Leg­acy for the Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Sum­mit” — the top­ic of a pan­el dis­cus­sion at the Cen­ter for Stra­tegic and In­ter­na­tion­al Stud­ies in Wash­ing­ton. Shar­on Squas­soni, who dir­ects the CSIS Pro­lif­er­a­tion Pre­ven­tion Pro­gram, will dis­cuss the mat­ter along­side Ken­neth Luongo and Sarah Wil­li­ams, both with the Part­ner­ship for Glob­al Se­cur­ity.

— April 2: The U.S. House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee hears testi­mony from three top com­batant com­mand­ers: Air Force Gen. Philip Breed­love, who leads U.S. European Com­mand; Adm. Cecil Haney, who heads U.S. Stra­tegic Com­mand; and Army Gen. Curtis Scapar­rotti, who com­mands U.S. Forces Korea. An­ti­cip­ate the brass, re­spect­ively, to dis­cuss in­dic­a­tions that Rus­sia’s re­cent in­cur­sion in­to Crimea will ex­pand fur­ther in­to east­ern Ukraine, the cheat­ing and oth­er scan­dals that have plagued the Air Force’s nuc­le­ar-mis­sile sec­tor, and the spate of mis­siles re­cently test-launched by North Korea in ap­par­ent vi­ol­a­tion of U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil sanc­tions.

— April 2: Two Pentagon ci­vil­ians, a pair of three-star gen­er­al of­ficers, and a con­gres­sion­al watch­dog: It adds up to five note­worthy wit­nesses testi­fy­ing about U.S. bal­list­ic mis­sile de­fense policies and pro­grams at the Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Sub­com­mit­tee on Stra­tegic Forces.

— April 3: Back at the House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, law­makers will hold a hear­ing on the res­ults of the Pentagon’s 2014 Quad­ren­ni­al De­fense Re­view, which re­cently in­dic­ated a re­newed De­fense De­part­ment fo­cus on com­batting ter­ror­ism and weapons of mass de­struc­tion. Wit­nesses are Adm. James Win­nefeld, the vice chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Christine Wor­muth, the deputy un­der­sec­ret­ary of De­fense for strategy, plans and force de­vel­op­ment.

— April 3: Speak­ing at a dis­cus­sion sponsored by the Johns Hop­kins Uni­versity’s School of Ad­vanced In­ter­na­tion­al Stud­ies, Air Force Un­der­sec­ret­ary Eric Fan­ning will al­most cer­tainly take on some tough ques­tions about his ser­vice’s struggles with eth­ics scan­dals in the nuc­le­ar-mis­sile cadre. The off-the-re­cord ses­sion is titled, “Lead­er­ship in the Air Force: Un­der­stand­ing Fu­ture Chal­lenges and Man­aging Change.”

— April 3: The House Home­land Se­cur­ity Com­mit­tee’s pan­el on coun­terter­ror­ism and in­tel­li­gence will hold a hear­ing to as­sess “Ter­ror­ism in the Cau­cas­us and the Threat to the Home­land.” Wit­nesses were not yet an­nounced by press time.

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