Date(s) - 12/06/2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am

SureStay Plus Hotel Airport Plaza - by Best Western

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NEW VENUE -SureStay Airport Plaza
(Best Western)
1981 Terminal Way – Reno, NV

“What’s Shaking in Nevada?”

Stewarding the Nation’s Nuclear Deterrent without Testing

A Presentation and Discussion With

David Feather

Senior Director, Program Integration
Mission Support and Test Services
Nevada National Security Site

Thursday Dec 6th at The Airport Plaza (Best Western)

“Since the first nuclear test explosion on July 16, 1945, at least eight nations have detonated 2,056 nuclear test explosions at dozens of test sites from Lop Nor in China, to the atolls of the Pacific, to Nevada, to Algeria where France conducted its first nuclear device, to western Australia where the U.K. exploded nuclear weapons, the South Atlantic, to Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, across Russia and elsewhere. Most of the test sites are in the lands of indigenous peoples and far from the capitals of the testing governments.” (Arms Control Association, The Nuclear Testing Tally, updated Sep 2017)

On September 23rd 1992, in advance of signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996, the United States conducted the last of 1,032 nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site, now called the Nevada National Security Site. Over the last 26 years, the U.S. nuclear stockpile has been maintained and certified annually without nuclear testing. How do we do know that our nuclear weapons are still safe, secure and effective? Who certifies that a nuclear weapon will work as designed, if needed, without blowing up one or two occasionally? Why does the U.S. continue to adhere to the CTBT when other nations like North Korea conduct nuclear tests? And what else goes on at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) if we aren’t shaking the desert regularly?

The National Security Forum welcomes David Feather, a newly minted Nevadan who joined the senior management of Mission Support and Test Services, to direct the Transformation Office at the NNSS. The NNSS is pivotal to U.S. national security, providing the backbone for stewardship of the nation’s nuclear stockpile through a range of non-nuclear test programs. Hosting outdoor, indoor and underground laboratories, the NNSS has for decades used the remoteness and security of the Nevada desert to conduct the research, testing and training underpinning the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

As Reno-ites, you undoubtedly know and take pride in contributing to the global nuclear deterrent, but did not know that the NNSS is home to other global and homeland security programs including several activities designed to prevent the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons? NNSS also hosts cybersecurity testing and nuclear and radiological emergency response training. Shaking the desert (or not) for many decades has come at a price to the surrounding environment, so NNSS is also home to some of the most complex environmental restoration projects in history.

Luckily, David Feather has graciously agreed to share his insight on Nevada’s past, present and future role in our keeping our nation’s nuclear deterrent safe, secure and effective. He will also answer at least a few questions about what’s really shaking in the desert.

Mr. David Feather, serves as the MSTS Program Integration Senior Director at the Nevada National Security Site, leading the Transformation Office and integrating program activities across NNSS. He has over 25 years of weapons experience both as a federal employee with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in Washington, D.C., and with Honeywell at the Kansas City National Security Campus. Most recently, he served as Senior Director of Strategic Transformation at the Kansas City National Security Campus, growing the portfolio of Strategic Partnerships Projects. While at the Department of Energy, Feather served as Director of Planning, Analysis, and Program Integration for Stockpile Management leading budget formulation and execution for the nuclear weapons production and operations programs. David graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He received a Master’s Degree from Vanderbilt University also in Electrical Engineering.

A full breakfast will be served ($20 Members, $30 Non-Members, and $10 for students with ID and military personnel in uniform; free for WWII Veterans). We recommend that you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy some breakfast, coffee, and conversation. Breakfast service and registration open at 7:45 a.m.

Please RSVP below. Membership forms will be available at the forum, though you can also access the application form by clicking HERE. For your convenience, we accept cash, check and credit card payments for both the breakfast and membership fees.


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