Future Events


2021 UK Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference

November 29 - 30, 2021 | King's College London & Virtual

Deterrence and Escalation in an Era of Systemic Competition is the theme of the 2021 UK Deterrence and Assurance conference, to be held in partnership with the Defence Nuclear Organisation and King’s College London.

For information on paper topics and to submit an abstract click here.  For conference inquiries contact

Project on Nuclear Issues 2022 Nuclear Scholars Initiative

January - June, 2022 | In-Person & Virtual

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Nuclear Scholars Initiative (NSI)! Program focus is to foster next generation nuclear enterprise thinkers through the development of research, writing, and analytic skills critical to the field.

NSI provides a unique venue to interact, dialogue, and gain in-depth knowledge on nuclear weapons, arms control, nonproliferation, and other related challenges. Accepted scholars are hosted once per month during the program at CSIS in Washington, DC to participate in daylong workshops involving discussions with senior experts, professional development seminars, break-out discussions, debates, simulations, and table-top exercises. Topics include deterrence, regional analysis, arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear security, and emerging technology.

Application deadline is 1 November 2021. More information is available at

For questions, contact


Past Events

Project on Nuclear Issues 2021 Fall Conference

October 5-6, 2021 | Fall Conference | Virtual

The conference will feature a keynote address as well as presentations from emerging nuclear experts covering topics such as nuclear policy, arms control and proliferation challenges, technology and capabilities, and deterrence.

For panelist lineup and registration go to:

2021 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium

September 13-24, 2021 | Virtual

Registration is now open for the 12th Annual U.S. Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium. This year's program, titled Dynamics of Great Power Competition, will occur online over two weeks in Monday/Wednesday/Friday panel sessions.

To register and view agenda information updates keep an eye on the symposium website,


Project on Nuclear Issues 2021 Conference Series

July 13-14, 2021 | Summer Conference | Virtual

Get plugged into the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) Next Generation Nuclear Network!  Plan to attend PONI’s Summer Conference. In partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory, this online conference will host three panels of emerging nuclear scholars as they discuss polling data on nuclear weapons, emerging technologies, and the future of arms control. In addition to opening remarks delivered by Los Alamos Director, Dr. Thomas Mason, keynote speaker will be Dr. James Verdon, Acting Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). For the Summer Conference agenda, click here.

Separate registration is required for both days: 

For questions email Reja Younis or Genevieve Hackman  For additional information visit the PONI website.


6th Annual U.S. Strategic Command Academic Alliance Conference & Workshop


March 30 - April 1, 2020 | University of Nebraska at Omaha (Virtual)

"Building a Common Language: Integrating Deterrence and Competition with Allies" is the theme of the 6th Annual U.S. Strategic Command Academic Alliance Conference & Workshop. The 2021 conference will be hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha in partnership with the United Kingdom Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the U.S. Naval War College.

The conference will be held in an entirely virtual format, feature panel discussions with participants from around the world, an experiential learning event designed to challenge participant understanding of deterrence, and a national security career fair. There is no fee to attend this conference, but registration is required. To register click here. Call-for-abstract instructions, click here.

2020 Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference and Workshop
March 11 - 12, 2020 | Iowa State University | Ames, Iowa

Registration is now open for “Deterrence: Theory to Application, A Cyclone of Challenges,” the theme of the Fifth Annual Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference hosted by Iowa State University, March 11 - 12, 2020. Day one of the conference will feature student panel presentations, tours and demonstration, a national security job fair, and evening reception. Day two will involve a 6-hour U.S. Strategic Command-hosted tabletop exercise (TTX) designed to introduce participants to a simulated strategic level national security crisis that tests their analytic acumen. To view a draft agenda click here

2020 Homeland Defense Academic Symposium

December 2020 | NORAD and USNORTHCOM HQ | Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, CO

Rescheduled for December 2020. The first NORAD and USNORTHCOM Homeland Defense Academic Symposium is planned for Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, CO. Hosted by the two commands, this event will feature a tabletop exercise focused on homeland defense issues, keynote speakers, and panel presentations. Participants will gain insight into both NORAD and USNORTHCOM unique missions, capabilities, and requirements, and be able to incorporate the most up-to-date information about the two commands into their curricula as appropriate. Academics and industry representatives from the United States and Canada are invited to register, attendees will be limited to 80. Click here to view the conference website and up to date reschedule information. Email questions here.


2019 Joint Training and Education Academic Workshop (JTEAW)
June 18 - 20, 2019 | Peterson AFB, CO | U.S. Northern Command

JTEAW is the keystone NORAD and USNORTHCOM academic outreach initiative. It seeks to foster academic partnerships and dialogue to facilitate improvement of overall homeland defense and homeland security knowledge base. This workshop will feature NORAD and USNORTHCOM subject matter expert panel briefs/updates on selected subjects/topics followed by Q&A.

The JTEAW provides the Military Education Coordination Council (MECC) Working Group, North American Defense and Security Academic Alliance (NADSAA) members, and other academic institution representatives with updates on the commands' mission areas in order to ensure military and civilian institution academic programs remain relevant and current. Insights gained from this event will provide faculty members with the necessary knowledge to update curricula or degree programs, if so desired.

Official invitation and final schedule of events is forthcoming. Point of contact for this event is Ms. Lauren Schindler, USNORTHCOM, J7, (719) 554-6357/

2019 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium
July 31 - August 1, 2019 | La Vista, NE | La Vista Conference Center

2019 US Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium will be held in Omaha, Nebraska on July 31 – August 1, 2019 at the La Vista Conference Center. This ninth annual symposium will draw from academic, government, military and international experts, with the goal of exploring a broad range of deterrence issues and thinking during a single event.

Click here to register. 

2019 United Kingdom Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference
May 22 - 23, 2019 | Shrivenham, United Kingdom | Joint Service Command and Staff College

The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA), and King’s College London will jointly host “Putting Modern Deterrence into Practice.” Per this theme, the conference aims to explore the concept and practice of deterrence in the 21st century, including: the challenges of deterrence across multiple domains, involving multiple actors, both state and non-state; the challenges of communication in a networked world; deterrence and alliance cohesion; and the perils of escalation.

12th Annual SMA Conference
May 21 - 22, 2019 | Joint Base Andrews, MD | Jacob E. Smart Building

“The Evolving Anatomy of Conflict in a Dynamically Changing World” is the theme for the 12th Annual Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) Conference, co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. Coordinated by the Joint Staff, SMA is a multidisciplinary, multi-agency portfolio of projects that studies and assesses challenging problems associated with planning and operations of DoD, military services, and government agencies. It brings together policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and academics to explore critical topics related to national security.

In addition to panels organized to examine a range of emerging threats to the global security environment, the conference will include a graduate student poster session offered to introduce up-and-coming scholars to the SMA community and vice-versa. Students should submit their poster proposals here or by email via submission form. Submission deadline is 28 February 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 March 2019.

To Register (choose one of the following methods): Click here to complete the online registration form. Click here to complete a form to register by email. Form should be sent to by 1 May 2019. Non-CAC Holders must register by 1 May 2019. Non-US Citizens must start the registration process ASAP!

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Midwest Hiring Event
March 25 - 26, 2019 | Omaha, NE | Venue - TBD

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is conducting an invitation-only hiring event 25-26 March 2019 in Omaha, NE to fill nine vacancies in the following Career Fields: Analysis, Finance and Acquisition, Human Services, Information Technology, Mission Management, Office Management and Infrastructure, Science and Technology, and Security.

DIA officials will be on location to interview applicants who possess the required and relevant Career Field skills and background for employment with the agency. The hiring event seeks applicants for positions starting at grades GG07-10 as well as GG12-13 Joint Targeting Intelligence officers.

2019 Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference and Workshop
March 7 - 8, 2019 | Omaha, NE | University of Nebraska - Omaha

Collaborative Approaches to Deterrence,” the theme of the 4th annual U.S. Strategic Command Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference. The two-day event will feature a 4-hour tabletop exercise (TTX), an evening reception, keynote speakers, and workshops. Panelists will also present research findings organized around several deterrence and assurance national security themes.

NATO System Analysis and Studies Research Symposium
January 17-18, 2019 | London, United Kingdom | King's College

NATO’s Science & Technology Organization (STO) is calling for papers that examine “Deterrence and Assurance within an Alliance Framework.” Findings are to be presented in London during this two day event. NATO STO seeks to gather information on the Alliance’s concepts of Deterrence and Assurance (D&A) so as to underpin new approaches to planning, education and training. This will enable comprehensive planning, execution and assessment of D&A activities, ensuring that the Alliance remains effective in the face of evolving threats. Call for papers deadline is 21 September 2018. For more information click here.

Project on Nuclear Gaming Workshop
December 3, 2018 | Berkeley, CA | University of California - Berkeley

The Project on Nuclear Gaming (PoNG) in coordination with the University of California, Berkeley; Sandia National Laboratories; and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will host a daylong event to explore and analyze the effects of military capabilities upon nuclear thresholds, conflict escalation dynamics, and strategic stability through the use of serious games. To view the agenda click here. To register for the event click here. For information on PoNG click here.

Project on Nuclear Issues 2018 Fall Conference
October 10-11, 2018 | Colorado Springs, CO | United States Air Force Academy

Now in its fifteenth year, the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) Conference Series is unique in its emphasis on featuring rising experts and young professionals in the nuclear field. The Conference Series draws emerging thought leaders from across the nuclear enterprise and policy community and provides them with a visible platform for sharing their new thinking on a range of nuclear issues. Day one events will include presentations from emerging nuclear experts on topics such as nuclear strategies, emerging technology, arms control and proliferation challenges, and deterrence. Day two will feature an emerging technology break-out scenario. Registration is now open. For an agenda click here. To view the PONI website and to register for this event click here.

Advanced Operations and Law Conference
September 5-7, 2018 | Offutt AFB & Bellevue, NE

U.S. Strategic Command, in cooperation with the National Strategic Research Institute and the University of Nebraska College of Law, will jointly host this conference to explore “Defense Planning and Legal Practice in 21st Century Domains.”  The conference objective is to share best practices on strategic level international and operational law, with a focus on the legal challenges facing current practitioners. The conference is intended to be a forum to discuss the evolving space domain, nuclear weapons, and to increase the understanding of potential adversaries and issues relating to the law of war. Our goal is open lines of communication between attorneys, practitioners, and planners.
Conference agenda may be viewed here.

2018 USSTRATCOM Experience Day
August 3, 2018 | Offutt AFB, NE | U.S. Strategic Command

“An Introduction to U.S. Strategic Command’s Missions, Capabilities & Operations.”
This is an invite only event.

For 2017 details click here.

2018 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium
August 1 - 2, 2018 | Omaha, NE | La Vista Conference Center

USSTRATCOM’s ninth annual deterrence symposium will feature numerous U.S. and international speakers on strategic thought. The audience will include a wide array of government, military, academic, and industry experts in the field. Planning and coordination is ongoing. To attend, visit the symposium website for details and registration information.

2018 Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference and Workshop
March 15 - 16, 2018 | Lincoln, NE | University of Nebraska – Lincoln College of Law

Thinking Outside the Silo: Creative Problem Solving in Deterrence and Assurance. The conference will feature several events to challenge the minds of aspiring deterrence and assurance practitioners. Panelists will present research findings organized around the following six themes: “Perceptions & Decision-Making,” “Cyber & Space Deterrence Challenges,” “Collective Security Solutions for Deterrence & Assurance,” “Cross-Domain Deterrence Considerations,” “Deterrence in the Middle East,” and “Deterrence & North Korea.” Other scheduled events include a 4-hour table top exercise (TTX), an evening reception, and overview of recently released U.S. national security strategic policy guidance.

2018 United Kingdom Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Inaugural Conference
February 16, 2018 | London, England | King's College – Strand Campus

“Overcoming the Challenges of Coherent Deterrence” is the theme of the inaugural Deterrence and Assurance conference to be hosted by the United Kingdom's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl), a U.S. Strategic Command Academic Alliance partner. The one day event seeks to stimulate interest and growth in deterrence analysis, and to facilitate dialog between academia and Ministry of Defence UK to advance deterrence and assurance thinking, policy & strategy development, and research expertise. Coordinators for this event invite paper proposals on any aspect of deterrence in the 21st Century. Panel participants will be selected from among the submissions. For more information refer to the conference theme title hyperlinked above.

2017 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium
July 26 - 27, 2017 | Omaha, NE | Century Link Center 


The 2017 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium was held on July 26-27, 2017 at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska. During the eighth annual two-day symposium, industry, military, governmental, international and academic experts held discussions to promote collaboration on global deterrence.

Panel discussions and keynote speakers from the symposium may be viewed here.

2017 Student Research Day at USSTRATCOM
May 8, 2017 | Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Command

The annual USSTRATCOM Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA) Student research presentation day was held at U.S. Strategic Command on May 8.  Students from University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Northern Iowa, and National Defense University presented their research addressing various deterrence and assurance challenges.

A full agenda with presenters' names and topic abstracts can be viewed here.

2017 Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference and Workshop
March 9 - 10, 2017 | Omaha, NE | Creighton University

The 2017 Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference and Workshop was held in Omaha, Nebraska on 9 - 10 March, 2017 at Creighton University. Participants examined the concepts and roles of strategic deterrence and assurance in a diverse, complex, and uncertain security environment.

2016 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium
July 27 - 28, 2016 | La Vista, NE | La Vista Conference Center

The 2016 US Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium was held in Omaha, Nebraska on July 27 - 28, 2016 at the La Vista Conference Center. During the seventh annual two-day symposium, industry, military, governmental, international and academic experts held discussions to promote collaboration on global deterrence.

Panel discussion from the symposium may be viewed here.

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