Who: Dr. Siegfried Hecker, former Director of the Los Alamos National Labs. Introduced and moderated by Valerie Plame.
When: Thursday, March 21st. 5:30-7:00.
Where: Hotel Santa Fe. 1501 Paseo de Peralta. There will be a cash bar and networking at 5pm, and the talk begins at 5:30.
Tickets: $12 for members in advance, $15 at the door. Nonmembers $15/20. Available here.
This talk, like our Annual Policy Simulation, is sponsored by PNM. We’re incredibly grateful for all their support.
2017 was a very dangerous year on the Korean Peninsula, with regular nuclear tests and a war of words with President Trump – from “dotard” to “Little Rocket Man”. However, rapid North/South rapprochement and the Singapore Kim/Trump Summit in 2018 dramatically lowered tensions and the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula – creating space and time to pursue diplomatic solutions. Dr. Hecker will review the current status of diplomacy and nuclear developments and look ahead after the second Kim/Trump Summit scheduled for the end of February.
Siegfried S. Hecker is a professor emeritus (research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). He was co-director of CISAC from 2007-2012. From 1986 to 1997, Dr. Hecker served as the fifth Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction, and nuclear security.
Dr. Hecker’s current research interests include plutonium science, nuclear weapons policy, nuclear security, and the safe and secure expansion of nuclear energy. Over the past 25 years, he has fostered cooperation with the Russian nuclear laboratories to secure and safeguard the vast stockpile of ex-Soviet fissile materials.
As a former covert CIA operations officer, Valerie Plame works to reduce the rapid increase and distribution of nuclear and weapons of mass destruction. She served at a senior level in the CIA, which involved managing top-secret covert programs, recruiting foreign assets, reporting to US policy-makers, along with many other tasks and responsibilities. Plame now sits on the boards of Global Data Security, Starling Trust, as well as nonprofit organizations Global Zero, the United Way of Santa Fe and Postpartum Support International. She has done a considerable amount of public speaking on cyber and national security, nuclear proliferation, and women in intelligence all based on her experience in her career. She has written for many top new sources and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, The Daily Show, and many more.
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