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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we moved our monthly breakfast Forums online to Zoom.   Members are able to actively participate in our monthly virtual Forums, interacting with speakers directly.  Non-members can view the videos of the Forums once they are posted. 

Beginning October 2021, we are introducing hybrid in-person and zoom forums to come back together while still providing a virtual experience for those who prefer Zoom meetings. 

The National Security Forum (NSF) is a non-partisan, educational, nonprofit organization that brings expert speakers from around the U.S. to talk about national and international security, domestic and foreign terrorism, economic and financial threats, the safety of our food and water supply, energy policy, electrical grid stability, and a variety of other topics that affect all Americans.


  • 04 Nov (Zoom) – Keeping us Safe from the Unthinkable – Nuclear incident response and how Nevada leads the nation” with Dr. Alexis Reed, Director, Nuclear Response Division, Mission Support and Test Services, LLC. 


Many in our community have asked how they can help support Afghans fleeing for their lives. The Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC) has successfully resettled 223 displaced people in Reno since 2016. They are very experienced with the process. Over the last several weeks they have been inundated with requests for help from Afghans that have participated in NNIC programs in the past.

You can learn more about NNIC resettlement programs and their needs on the NNIC website:

Please help NNIC bring some peace and healing to these families who have lost everything to war, terror, and injustice.


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Sept. 29, 2021 – NSF Virtual Forum: Who hacks and who wins?

Our upcoming program on Wed 29 Sep (Zoom only) covers a topic that was in high demand from responses to our recent survey. Mr. Matt Devost, a lifelong black hat hacker and cyber genius, will join us from an undisclosed location in the National Capitol Region to discuss cyberwars, artificial intelligence, and what the battlespace for cyberwars looks like now and in the future.
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Sept. 9, 2021 – NSF Sept. Virtual Forum: 911 Remembered

Well, this has been a challenging painful week for our country. It is hard to believe that as we approach the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we are watching the Taliban retake control in Afghanistan and the gains we thought we had achieved melt away. Many prayers go out to our friends and colleagues who are still in country. May they find safe passage soon.
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July 15, 2021 – NSF Virtual July Forum: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

As challenging as politics have become in the United States, nothing holds a candle to the tumult that Israel has been through over the last three years. With four elections proving indecisive and Benjamin Netanyahu being pushed out as Prime Minister in May, after 12 years at the helm, Israel is contending with internal upheaval at the same time as it navigates external challenges. Meanwhile Palestinian political paralysis and division persists, with long overdue Palestinian legislative elections scheduled then ultimately canceled at the eleventh hour, and Hamas and Fatah continuing their rift and divided rule.
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Letter from the Director

Happy summer, NSF! Thank you very much for your patience as we organized and hosted a very successful Youth Security Forum (YSF) in late May. The event successfully engaged Washoe County School District students in discussion on a wide range of national security topics. Sarah Brown (WCSD, K-12 Social Studies Coordinator) sent a very kind thank you letter to NSF following the event. We are very grateful to our YSF sponsors who generously supported our effort to encourage a new generation of national security-informed citizenry.
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Mission Support and Test Services LLC

Mission Support and Test Services is a dynamic team of experts and leaders from Honeywell International Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. – a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries selected by the National Nuclear Security Administration as the Management and Operating Contractor for the Nevada National Security Site.


Barnard Vogler & Co. Certified Public Accountants

Providing in-kind support to the NSF with year-end accounting services and the use of their corporate boardroom for NSF monthly board meetings. If you are in need of expert accounting services please consider Barnard Vogler and Co for all your accounting needs.

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