Short Course on Nuclear Weapon and Related Security Issues

American Physical Society's Forum on Physics/Society, GWU Elliott School, FAS AAPT

Short Course on

Nuclear Weapon and Related Security Issues

American Physical Society’s Forum on Physics/Society, GWU Elliott School, FAS, AAPT


April 21-22, 2017 (Friday/Saturday, GWU, 1957 E St., NW, DC, room 602)

George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington, DC


A popular technical workshop is making a repeat performance. The first three APS/FPS Conferences on Nuclear Weapon and Related Issues were published in the American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings 104, 178 and 1596. International experts will give the background to understand these issues more completely. We recommend signing up early, as it is limited to 100 conferees. The cost is $120 for 25 talks, 250 pg. book, 2 lunches, coffee/snacks. The organizers are Pierce Corden (AAAS), Tony Fainberg (former DHS), Dave Hafemeister (CalPoly), Allison Macfarlane (GWU). Information/registration at Questions, contact (1/30)


I. Strategic Nuclear Weapons (9 AM, Friday)

                Keynote. Future of US/Russian Arms Control: Steven Pifer (Brookings)

                US Nuclear Strategy Toward China, Charles Glaser (GWU)

                Alert Status of Nuclear Weapons: Hans Kristensen (FAS)

                Nuclear Modernization: Amy Woolf (CRS)

                Global Strike Hypersonic Weapons: James Acton (CEIP)

                Nuclear Warhead Verification: Alex Glaser (Princeton)


                Luncheon Speaker: Richard Garwin’s Biography: Joel Shurkin (shared Pulitzer).


II. Multilateral Arms Control

                NAS Nuclear Test-Ban Studies: Raymond Jeanloz (UC-Berkeley)

                CTBT On-Site Inspections: J.J. Zucca (LLNL)

                Control of Conventional Arms: Bruce Turner (State Dept.)

                Space Weapon Technology and Policy: Theresa Hitchens (U. Maryland)

                BMD Countermeasures: George Lewis (Cornell)

                CW/BW Arms Control: Robert Mikulak (former US Ambassador to OPCW)


III. Nuclear Proliferation (9 AM, Saturday)

                North Korea’s Nuclear Program: David Albright (ISIS)

                Joint Plan of Action with Iran: George Perkovich (CEIP)

                Future of NPT, Measures to Reduce Nuclear Dangers: Daryl Kimball (ACA)

                Role of Safeguards to Ensure Compliance: Sandy Spector (MIIS)

                Quadripartite ABACC; A Model for Others:  Togzhan Kassenova (CEIP)

                Further Proliferation from Nuclear Power Infrastructure: Sharon Squassoni (CSIS)


IV. Terrorism

                General Threat from Terrorists: Steve Sin & Herbie Tinsley (START Terrorism Ctr, UMD)

                Nuclear Terrorism – Threat or Not: Miles Pomper (MIIS)

                Technologies to Counter Aviation Security Threats:

                Drone Warfare: Hugh Gusterson (GWU)

                Countering Nuclear Terrorism with Technology: Mike Carter (LLNL)

                Summary of Countering Terrorist Threats: Tony Fainberg (IDA)