THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19.
Join CIR for a compelling evening with Dr. Stephen M. Younger, recently retired as the Director of Sandia National Laboratories, the largest of the Department of Energy National Laboratories. On March 19th, he’ll present on “Looking Beyond the Numbers: A Century’s Experience with Arms Control”.
The United States has a century’s experience in negotiating limits on the development and deployment of advanced weapons. Which methods work, and which have resulted in near catastrophe? In this talk, Dr. Younger will review the intense maneuvering surrounding the Washington Naval Conference of 1921, an attempt to reduce and eliminate growing fleets of battleships. Many of the lessons of that era are applicable today as we contemplate a resurgent Russia and a rapidly developing China, not to mention the possible proliferation of nuclear weapons. The development and implementation of new tactics in response to evolving technologies were vital to success in the past and are likely to be so in the future. Conversely, “leadership by example” has proven problematic, especially given aggressors who see armed force as a viable means of achieving their objectives.
Dr. Stephen M. Younger recently retired as the Director of Sandia National Laboratories, the largest of the Department of Energy National Laboratories. He was responsible for overall leadership of the Laboratories including the annual assessment of the nuclear weapons stockpile. From 2012 to 2017 Stephen Younger served as Vice President and Chief Technologist of Northrop Grumman Technical Services and as senior policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. From 2006-2012 he served as President of National Security Technologies, LLC, the manager and operator of the Nevada National Security Site. From 2001 to 2004, Stephen Younger was the director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a component of the U.S. Department of Defense whose mission is to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Prior to government service, Younger was senior associate director for national security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this position he was responsible for assuring the safety and reliability of most of America’s nuclear deterrent. Younger was a voice in the development of a new approach to strategic forces and deterrence in the post-Cold War era, one that emphasized reductions in the nuclear stockpile and greater use of conventional weapons for strategic applications. From 1982 to 1989, Younger was a nuclear weapons designer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., where he developed and oversaw the testing of several new concepts in nuclear explosives. Younger has published more than 80 papers and four books in physics, public policy, anthropology, and naval history. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Senior Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Secretary of Energy Award for Exemplary Service, and two Gold Medals from the National Nuclear Security Administration.