Jul 16, 2008

Strategic Forces Subcommittee Hearing on Complex Transformation

See the HASC website on the day of the hearing for a link to the webcast.

Thursday, July 17, 2008 – 10:00 am – 2212 Rayburn – Open

The Strategic Forces Subcommittee will meet to hear testimony on nuclear weapons complex modernization.


Panel 1:
The Honorable Thomas P. D'Agostino
National Nuclear Security Administration

Dr. Michael Anastasio
Laboratory Director
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Mr. Dennis Hayes
General Manager, Defense Programs
Washington Savannah River Company

Dr. Thomas O. Hunter
President and Laboratories Director
Sandia National Laboratories

Mr. Darrel P. Kohlhorst
President and General Manager
Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC

Mr. J. Greg Meyer
President and General Manager
Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Pantex, LLC

Dr. George H. Miller
Laboratory Director
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC

Mr. Vincent Trim
Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, LLC

Dr. Stephen M. Younger
National Security Technologies

Panel 2:
Mr. Gene Aloise
Director, Natural Resources and Environment
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Ms. Marylia Kelley
Executive Director
Tri-Valley CAREs

Dr. C. Paul Robinson
President Emeritus
Sandia National Laboratories


Anonymous said...

An important hearing, as well as the recent hearings in the House:

(1) Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 2:00 pm - 2118 Rayburn - Open

The Air and Land Forces Subcommittee will meet to hear testimony on the source selection and path forward regarding the Air Force KC-(X) Program.

- Subcommittee Chairman Abercrombie´s Opening Statement
- Audio Transcript Part 2
Video Webcast (Panel 2 only)


Panel 1:
Mr. Daniel Gordon (pdf)
Deputy General Counsel
Government Accountability Office

Mr. Michael Golden
Managing Associate General Counsel
Procurment Law Division
Government Accoountability Office

Panel 2:

The Honorable John J. Young, Jr.
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

(2) Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 10:00 am - 2212 Rayburn - Open

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will meet to hear testimony on A New U.S. Grand Strategy.

- Subcommittee Chairman Snyder´s Opening Statement
- Video Webcast
- Audiocast


Ambassador James Dobbins (pdf)
Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center
Rand Corporation

Dr. Barry R. Posen (pdf 1) (pdf 2)
Director, Security Studies Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich (pdf)
Professor of International Relations
Boston University

Dr. Mitchell B. Reiss (pdf)
Vice Provost for International Affairs
William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law

(3) Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 10:00 am - 2118 Rayburn - Open

The full committee will meet to hear testimony on the threat posed by Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack.

- Chairman Skelton´s Opening Statement
- Video Webcast
- Audio Transcript


Dr. William R. Graham (pdf)
Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack


(A followed closed hearing, Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 2212 Rayburn, could address, or at least touch upon:

RRW, Underground testing, Directed Energy Weapons, Nuclear Weapons EMP effects, Missile Defense, Space Defense, Nuclear power and Energy security in general.)

(And fiinally; Dr. Williiam R. Graham, Chairman, Commission To Assess The Threat, To The, United States, From, Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, Statement Before The, House Armed Services Committee, July 10, 2008, page 7:


The United States faces a long-term challenge to maintain technical competence for understanding and managing the effects of nuclear weapons, including EMP. The Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration have developed and implemented an extensive Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Stewardship Poram over the last decade. However, no comparable effort was initiated to understand the effects that nuclear weapons produce on modern systems. The Commission reviewed current national capabilities to understand and to manage the effects of EMP and concluded that the U.S. is rapidly losing the technical competence and facilities that it needs in the Government, the National Laboratories, and the Industrial Community.

An EMP attack on the critical national infrastructures is a serious problem, but one that can be managed in an orderly way at reasonable cost. A serious national commitment to address the threat of an EMP attack can lead to a national posture that would significantly reduce the payoff for such an attack and allow the United States to recover from EMP, and from other threats, man-made and natural, to the critical national infrastructures. A failure to do so will not only leave the critical infrastructures necessary for our society to function at risk but will also place our ability reliably to conduct military operations in jeopardy.

This concludes my prepared statement. Thank you again, Mr. Chairman, for the opportunity to present the Commision views and for your support of our efforts.

At this time, I would be happy to respond to any questions you have.)


Anonymous said...

I think they made a typo on the DOE roster when the used the word "Honorable" in front of Tom D'Agostino's name.