Focus on Defense: Sustaining the nuclear triad

Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, addresses attendees during the Focus on Defense Symposium at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah, June 21. The symposium focused on how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics support in today’s environment. The symposium’s theme was “Sustaining the Nuclear Triad” and speakers included aerospace industry, military, and political leaders. The event was co-hosted by the Air Force Association and the Air Force Sustainment Center. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, addresses attendees during the Focus on Defense Symposium at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah, June 21. The symposium focused on how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics support in today’s environment. The symposium’s theme was “Sustaining the Nuclear Triad” and speakers included aerospace industry, military, and political leaders. The event was co-hosted by the Air Force Association and the Air Force Sustainment Center. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Mr. Mathew Joyce, Vice President and General Manager for Strategic and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, discusses the importance of sea-launched missile systems in use today and those his company has worked and supported in the past several decades during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. The symposium focused on how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics support in today’s environment.  (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Mr. Mathew Joyce, Vice President and General Manager for Strategic and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, discusses the importance of sea-launched missile systems in use today and those his company has worked and supported in the past several decades during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. The symposium focused on how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics support in today’s environment. (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Mr. Mathew Joyce, Vice President and General Manager for Strategic and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, discusses the importance of sea-launched missile systems in use today and those his company has worked and supported in the past several decades during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. The symposium focused on how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics support in today’s environment.  (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Mr. Mathew Joyce, Vice President and General Manager for Strategic and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, discusses the importance of sea-launched missile systems in use today and those his company has worked and supported in the past several decades during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. The symposium focused on how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics support in today’s environment. (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Gen. Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, and his wife Nancy Wilson along with Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center, and his wife Rhonda Levy, listen intently to a speech given during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. The symposium focused on how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics support in today’s environment. The symposium’s theme was “Sustaining the Nuclear Triad” and speakers included aerospace industry, military, and political leaders. The event was co-hosted by the Air Force Association and Air Force Sustainment Center.  (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Gen. Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, and his wife Nancy Wilson along with Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center, and his wife Rhonda Levy, listen intently to a speech given during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. The symposium focused on how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics support in today’s environment. The symposium’s theme was “Sustaining the Nuclear Triad” and speakers included aerospace industry, military, and political leaders. The event was co-hosted by the Air Force Association and Air Force Sustainment Center. (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Vice Admiral Charles Richard, Deputy Commander U.S. Strategic Command, talks about the importance of the nuclear triad and the demands that U.S. Strategic Command faces each day in fulfilling their mission of nuclear, global strike, space, cyber, missile defense and electronic warfare during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah.  (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Vice Admiral Charles Richard, Deputy Commander U.S. Strategic Command, talks about the importance of the nuclear triad and the demands that U.S. Strategic Command faces each day in fulfilling their mission of nuclear, global strike, space, cyber, missile defense and electronic warfare during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Mr. Jeffrey Grant, Vice President and General Manager Space Systems Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems, gives his remarks about the nuclear triad during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah.  (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Mr. Jeffrey Grant, Vice President and General Manager Space Systems Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems, gives his remarks about the nuclear triad during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Mr. F. Whitten Peters, Former Secretary of the Air Force and the current National Chairman of the Air Force Association, addresses the Focus on Defense symposium luncheon about the impact that the Air Force Association has on insuring lawmakers in Washington D.C. are aware of Air Force needs June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah.  During the luncheon, six Utah teachers were awarded Teacher of the Year awards.  (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Mr. F. Whitten Peters, Former Secretary of the Air Force and the current National Chairman of the Air Force Association, addresses the Focus on Defense symposium luncheon about the impact that the Air Force Association has on insuring lawmakers in Washington D.C. are aware of Air Force needs June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. During the luncheon, six Utah teachers were awarded Teacher of the Year awards. (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Mr. James Chilton, President, Network and Space Systems, The Boeing Company, Defense, Space and Security, discusses the importance of network security and the role it plays in support of the nuclear triad during his remarks at the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah.  (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Mr. James Chilton, President, Network and Space Systems, The Boeing Company, Defense, Space and Security, discusses the importance of network security and the role it plays in support of the nuclear triad during his remarks at the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addresses attendees at the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Conference Center in Ogden. The symposium’s theme was “Sustaining the Nuclear Triad” and speakers included aerospace industry, military, and political leaders. The event was co-hosted by the Air Force Association and Air Force Sustainment Center. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addresses attendees at the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Conference Center in Ogden. The symposium’s theme was “Sustaining the Nuclear Triad” and speakers included aerospace industry, military, and political leaders. The event was co-hosted by the Air Force Association and Air Force Sustainment Center. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Gen. Robin Rand, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, addresses attendees as the last speaker during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. The symposium focused on how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics support in today’s environment.  (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)
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Gen. Robin Rand, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, addresses attendees as the last speaker during the Focus on Defense Symposium June 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah. The symposium focused on how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics support in today’s environment. (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd)

OGDEN, Utah – The 2017 Focus on Defense Symposium was held June 21st at the Ogden Eccles Center and was co-hosted by the Air Force Sustainment Center and Utah Air Force Association.

 

This year’s theme was “Sustaining the Nuclear Triad.”  The symposium featured top-tiered speakers who addressed how industry partners and government leaders view and respond to nuclear triad agile sustainment and life cycle logistics challenges in today’s environment.

 

Key messages included:

 

  • The importance of the nuclear triad – intercontinental ballistic missiles, bomber-launched missiles, and sea-launched missiles – and how these capabilities are well-beyond their original life expectancy and in need of replacement.

 

  • How the nuclear triad represents the backbone of U.S. national defense and is used daily to deter worldwide aggression.

 

  • All three legs of the triad are essential for maintaining a viable strategic defense posture, which has precluded any major, large-scale conflict for the past 72 years. 

 

  • The projected replacement costs for all three legs of the triad; how the cost would represent a significant percentage of the Department of Defense’s projected budget; and how replacement is needed to keep pace with other nations that have been and are currently modernizing their nuclear arsenals.  

 

  • The need for faster acquisition times and an expansion of the workforce to support this modernization is needed.

 

This year’s featured speakers were: Gen. Steven W. Wilson, Air Force vice chief of staff; Utah Governor Gary Herbert; Gen. Robin Rand, Air Force Global Strike Command commander; Vice Admiral Charles Richard, U.S. Strategic Command deputy commander; Whit Peters, former Secretary of the Air Force and AFA national chairman; Mat Joyce, vice president and general manager for Strategic and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Jeffrey Grant, vice president and general manager of Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems; and Jim Chilton, president of Network and Space Systems, The Boeing Company.

 

Each year, the Focus on Defense Symposium aims to bring Air Force and other DOD/industry leaders together to discuss important national defense-related topics. Nearly 400 military, civilian and defense industry partners attended this year’s symposium, which was co-hosted by the Air Force Sustainment Center and Utah Air Force Association.

 

Dr. Dave Hansen, this year’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex chair, attributed the success of this year’s symposium to great teamwork and the support of AFSC and AFA leadership, and thanked the many volunteers who helped coordinate the event.