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Nuclear Energy, Naval Propulsion, and National Security

October 2, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Center for Strategic & International Studies and the Navy Historical Foundation invite you to an important symposium about the history of nuclear power in the U.S. Navy, the impacts the commercial nuclear energy industry has on the Navy and key national security objectives.

The Navy has been an important actor and partner in the development of the nuclear energy industry in the United States. For as many commercial reactors as there are on land, nearly 100, there are just as many in our submarines and aircraft carriers; nuclear powered ships enabling us to project power far from our shores. This capability is tied to the fate of the commercial nuclear sector—its nuclear fuel cycle, vendor base, innovation, and engineering talent. In addition to the Navy, the nuclear energy industry is directly connected to the U.S.’ ability to set non-proliferation objectives and exert geopolitical influence, particularly in strategic locations about the world.

To discuss the historical context of this connection, the current state of affairs, and U.S. government action moving forward to mitigate impacts of a declining nuclear power industry on the Navy and national security, CSIS is partnering with the Navy Historical Foundation to host this symposium.


8:30 a.m. –  Welcome and Introduction

8:40 a.m. – Keynote: Adm. John RichardsonChief of Naval Operations

9:30 a.m. – Naval Nuclear Power: Milestones and Historical Antecedents

11:00 a.m. – The State of U.S. Nuclear Energy and Impacts on the U.S. Navy

12:30 p.m. – Keynote: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (invited)

A light lunch will be served.


October 2, 2018
8:30 am - 1:00 pm


Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Washington, DC, 20036
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