General Invitation for 2007 Conference
Michael R. Anastasio, Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Michael R. Anastasio, Director
We invite you to attend the January 25-26, 2007, Strategic Weapons in the 21st Century: Rethinking Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Elements of the Deterrent (SW21) jointly sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC. In this inaugural meeting we hope to gain insight into the future course of the Nation’s strategic weapons posture and the role of deterrence in a changed world.
New threats to national security have emerged including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the rise of international terrorism. In response, the defense establishment is transforming doctrine, forces, operations, and infrastructure. The Quadrennial Defense and Nuclear Posture Reviews highlighted these changes and identified issues regarding nuclear, conventional, information, and other forces needed to assure and defend allies and to dissuade, deter, and defeat a spectrum of threats in a constrained budget environment.
George H. Miller, Director
Policy makers, technologists, and experts from other disciplines will be discussing a few select issues regarding technological and scientific advances, security policy, defense programs, and international developments. In addition, we are inviting representatives of the next generation of strategic thinkers. This forum provides an ongoing, in depth dialog on topics related to roles of strategic weapons, both nuclear and non-nuclear. We would value your contributions to this exciting and important effort.
The roundtable is organized by the LLNL Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) and the LANL National Security Offices (NSO). The emphasis is on clarity rather than consensus, highlighting what we know, what we don't know, and what we need to find out. Deliberations of the conference will be held in the strictest confidence. The Chatham House rule will apply.
We are commissioning a series of discussion papers focusing on four critical questions about the context of, and future direction for, our nation’s strategic weapons posture. You will be invited to a series of discussions supporting development of the papers. On January 25, 2007, participants will review the papers and further develop responses to these core questions. On the morning of January 26, 2007, a senior panel will discuss key issues and outcomes from the previous day.
We hope you are able to participate in this roundtable, as well as the series of lead-in discussions, on a very important set of national security issues.