A LOOK AHEAD

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April 4, 2014, 7:08 a.m.

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

— April 7-11: The theme of the Uni­versity of Col­or­ado Boulder’s 66th An­nu­al Con­fer­ence on World Af­fairs is “Everything Con­ceiv­able” — and, yes, it refers not only to wide-ran­ging top­ics but also a bit of sex. Kick­ing off with show­ings of “The Gradu­ate,” some of the plen­ti­ful — but less sexy? — dis­cus­sion ses­sions in­clude: Elim­in­at­ing Ter­ror­ism or Cre­at­ing Ter­ror­ists“; “Ne­go­ti­at­ing with Ir­an: An Open­ing or a Tro­jan Horse”; and “Fu­ture of Nuc­le­ar.”

— April 7-25: The United Na­tions Dis­arm­a­ment Com­mis­sion holds its an­nu­al meet­ing in New York. The body is tasked with for­mu­lat­ing con­sensus prin­ciples, guidelines and re­com­mend­a­tions for en­dorse­ment by the Gen­er­al As­sembly. Small caveat, from the com­mis­sion’s web­site: “However, in the past dec­ade, it has not been able to agree on a sub­stan­tial out­come.”

— April 8: Lots of hear­ings on Cap­it­ol Hill this week. To start, the House Armed Ser­vices Sub­com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence, Emer­ging Threats and Cap­ab­il­it­ies will con­sider the budgets of the De­fense Threat Re­duc­tion Agency and the De­fense De­part­ment’s Chem­ic­al and Bio­lo­gic­al De­fense Pro­gram. DTRA Dir­ect­or Ken­neth My­ers is among the wit­nesses, along with oth­er seni­or Pentagon of­fi­cials.

— April 8: Law­makers are also in­ter­ested in Rus­sia, nat­ur­ally. The House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee will hold a hear­ing titled, “Rus­si­an Mil­it­ary De­vel­op­ments and Stra­tegic Im­plic­a­tions.” Wit­nesses were still TBD at press time.

— April 8: The House Armed Ser­vices Sub­com­mit­tee on Stra­tegic Forces will hear testi­mony from De­fense De­part­ment of­fi­cials on “Atom­ic En­ergy De­fense and Nuc­le­ar Forces.” Wit­nesses in­clude rep­res­ent­at­ives from the Of­fice of the Sec­ret­ary of De­fense, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

— April 8-10: The 2014 World Nuc­le­ar Fuel Cycle con­fer­ence takes place in San Fran­cisco, or­gan­ized by the in­dustry lob­by­ing or­gan­iz­a­tions Nuc­le­ar En­ergy In­sti­tute and World Nuc­le­ar As­so­ci­ation. One non­pro­lif­er­a­tion-re­lated event is in­cluded on the mostly busi­ness-fo­cused agenda: “In­dustry-Gov­ern­ment Part­ner­ship on Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion: Where Do We Go From Here?”

— April 9: Tokyo-watch­ers might be in­ter­ested in a sem­in­ar at Har­vard Uni­versity’s Belfer Cen­ter for Sci­ence and In­ter­na­tion­al Af­fairs, titled, “Ja­pan and the U.S. Nuc­le­ar Um­brella: Ex­ten­ded De­terrence and Nuc­le­ar Weapons.” The speak­er is re­search fel­low Ter­ence Roehrig, who also is a pro­fess­or at the U.S. Nav­al War Col­lege.

— April 9: The Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Sub­com­mit­tee on Stra­tegic Forces will hold a hear­ing to il­lu­min­ate the Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s man­age­ment of the na­tion­al labs and the “nuc­le­ar-se­cur­ity en­ter­prise” gen­er­ally. Seni­or of­fi­cials from Los Alam­os, San­dia and Lawrence Liv­er­more will testi­fy in a first pan­el. A second pan­el com­prises Nor­man Au­gustine and re­tired Adm. Richard Mies, whose in­de­pend­ent ad­vis­ory group de­clared in a re­cent re­port to law­makers that the Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion had failed.

— April 10: Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion lead­ers re­turn to the Hill for a Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Sub­com­mit­tee on Stra­tegic Forces hear­ing fea­tur­ing Bruce Held, the agency’s act­ing dir­ect­or, and oth­er lead­ers. The top­ics are the NNSA’s stra­tegic forces pro­grams and the En­ergy De­part­ment’s Of­fice of En­vir­on­ment­al Man­age­ment.

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