The debate about how the United States should approach nuclear modernization is once again a hot topic ahead of the release of the Biden administration’s fiscal year 2022 budget request and its comprehensive review of U.S. nuclear policy.
The United States is planning to spend at least $1.5 trillion over the next several decades to maintain and upgrade its nuclear arsenal. The likelihood of flat defense budgets over the next several years and competing national security demands illustrates the importance of examining more cost-effective alternatives to sustaining the arsenal.
Our speakers will address how the Biden administration should approach the nuclear modernization effort, alternatives to building a new fleet of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the challenges facing the National Nuclear Security Administration’s warhead and infrastructure modernization plans, and the relationship between nuclear modernization and arms control diplomacy.
Speakers will include:
- Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.)
- Steve Fetter, associate provost and dean, University of Maryland, and a former assistant director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Sharon Weiner, associate professor, American University, and a former program examiner with the National Security Division of the White House Office of Management and Budget
- Amy Woolf, specialist in nuclear weapons policy, Congressional Research Service