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Cooperative Threat Reduction Programs for the Next Ten Years and Beyond
September 18-19, 2017

CTR PhotoEvent Description:
The 2009 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report Global Security Engagement: A New Model for Cooperative Threat Reduction concluded that expanding and updating U.S. Government Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) programs in both form and function would enhance U.S. national security and global stability. In 2017 the NAS Committee on International Security and Arms Control conducted a symposium to examine how CTR has evolved since that time and to consider new approaches for CTR programs and related WMD elimination efforts to increase their ability to enhance U.S. security. The symposium agenda is available here.  The “Meeting in Brief” report is available on the National Academy Press website, here

Panel Presentations

Brief History of Cooperative Threat Reduction, WMD Elimination and the 
NAS CTR 2.0/Global Security Engagement Report
Panel Chair: Libby Turpen, Octant Associates

  • Introduction
    Speaker: Micah Lowenthal, National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
  • Goals of the Workshop, CTR and WMD Elimination Conceptual Framework
    Speaker: Libby Turpen, Octant Associates
  • Cooperative Threat Reduction: Learning Curves and Forgetting Curves
    Speaker: Amb. Ron Lehman, former Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • Reducing the Threat from Nuclear Weapons and Delivery Systems and the Future of CTR to Diminish the Nuclear Threat
    Speaker: William Moon, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • Reducing the Threat from Biological Weapons and Biotechnology and the Future of CTR to Diminish the Biological Threat
    Speaker: David Franz, Former Commander, USAMRIID
  • Reducing the Threat from Chemical Weapons and the Future of CTR to Diminish the Chemical Threat
    Speaker: Mallory Stewart, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State
  • Discussion 

The Changing International Security Landscape
Panel Chair: Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • “New” Technologies; New Threats?
    Speaker: Steve Fetter, University of Maryland
  • Reducing Future Biological Risk in the Context of Global Health Security
    Speaker: Elizabeth Cameron, NTI
  • The Proliferation of Technical Expertise in Biological Sciences
    Speaker: James Le Duc, Galveston National Laboratory
  • Foreign Policy in a Multipolar World
    Speaker: Vikram Singh, Center for American Progress 
  • Discussion

Vision for the Future of CTR
ntroduction: Libby Turpen, Octant Associates

  • Vision for the Future of CTR from the Department of Defense
    Speaker: Derek (Dirk) Maurer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Vision for the Future of CTR from the Department of State
    Speaker: Phillip Dolliff, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Programs
  • Discussion
CTR and the 2017 Threat Environment
Introduction:  Andrew Weber, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs
  • CTR and the 2017 Threat Environment
    Speaker: William Tobey, Harvard University, Former Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, NNSA
  • Discussion

The Way Ahead for CTR, Discussion of U.S. Government Programs
Panel Chair: Seth Carus, National Defense University

  • Speaker: Jay Finch, Department of Defense
  • Speaker: Alexander Stolar, Department of State
  • Speaker: Hillary Carter, National Security Council

  • Speaker: Elly Melamed, National Nuclear Security Administration

  • Speaker: Inger Damon, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Speaker: Lowell Schwartz, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

  • Discussion

Using New Tools to Address the CTR Mission
Panel Chair: Capt. John Holmes, USCG (retired), Former Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Port of Los Angeles

  • The Role of Global Health and Health Diplomacy in Biosecurity, Biodefense and Threat Reduction
    Speaker: Amb. Jimmy Kolker, Former Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services
  • International Aid Efforts
    Speaker: Andrew Natsios, Texas A&M University, former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Publicly Available Information and Methods for Arms Control
    Speaker: Lisa Costa, PlanetRisk, Inc. and former Early Threat Warning Panel Chair for The Defense Science Board Task Force on Deterring, Preventing, and Responding to the Threat or Use WMD
  • Efforts to Counter North Korean Proliferation
    Speaker: William Newcomb, Johns Hopkins University, former member of the United Nations Security Council North Korea Panel of Experts
  • Discussion


Global Security Engagement for the Next Ten Years and Beyond
Introduction: Andrew Weber
  • Global Security Engagement for the Next Ten Years and Beyond
    Speaker: Amb. Laura Holgate, Harvard University, former U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the UN and IAEA
  • Discussion

Co-Chairs: David Franz and Libby Turpen

  • Synthesis of symposium and breakout session key points and suggestions for the future
  • Discussion