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Battlefields of the Future: The Next Generation of Nuclear Reactors

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Join us for a coffee and conversation about the future tactical uses of nuclear reactors.

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As warfighters move towards a future that is increasingly powered by electricity, advanced nuclear power can provide the centralized, always available source of power that can quickly be deployed.

The American Security Project will be hosting a coffee and discussion on nuclear reactors and their strategic and tactical uses by the military. Congressman Conor Lamb (D-PA) will offer introductory remarks followed by a panel of experts.

About the Speakers

Congressman Conor Lamb was sworn in to the United States House of Representatives on January 3, 2019 to represent Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District, which includes parts of Allegheny and Butler Counties, as well as all of Beaver County in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Lamb previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Justice Department's Pittsburgh office. In this position, he prosecuted violent crimes and drug trafficking and helped establish the office as a national leader in the fight against the heroin epidemic. Lamb served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2009-2013 and continues to serve as a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Using his own personal knowledge and experience to help veterans, Lamb serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He is also working to improve our nation by providing new insight as a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and was elected Chair of the Energy Subcommittee to advocate for family-supporting jobs and cutting-edge science.

Jacob DeWitte is the co-founder and CEO of Oklo Inc., a Sunnyvale, CA based company developing and building very small nuclear reactors. Jacob has experience working on a variety of advanced reactor designs including sodium fast reactors, molten salt reactors, and next-generation PWRs, as well as nuclear fuel cycle technology development and analysis. He also has experience working with experimental irradiation testing facilities during his time at a national lab. Jacob is originally from Albuquerque, NM. He earned his BS in nuclear engineering from the University of Florida and his SM and PhD in nuclear engineering at MIT.

BGen Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret) is the President of the American Security Project. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years experience as a Marine. His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment. Gen. Cheney’s primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, to include being the Commanding General at Parris Island. He served several years in Japan and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia.

Other selected highlights of Gen. Cheney’s military career include tours as Deputy Executive Secretary to Defense Secretaries Cheney and Aspin; ground plans officer for Drug Enforcement Policy in the Pentagon; liaison to the Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces; and Inspector General of the Marine Corps.

Gen. Cheney is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the National War College, and the University of Southern California. He was a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, where he is a member. Additionally, he was also a member of the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board and the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Chief Operating Officer. His area of research is on on energy, climate change, trade, and infrastructure policy. For more than 15 years, he has worked at the center of debates about how to achieve sustainable energy security and how to effectively address climate change.

He served as Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska for three years from 2006 through 2008. He worked in the US House of Representatives for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of Congresswoman Roukema.

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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