General Assembly's First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) holds thematic discussion on nuclear weapons. United Nations. Webcast on the U.N. website.
Week of Oct. 19
Conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 1735, is submitted to President Obama by Congress (estimate). The bill is expected to be vetoed.
1:00-5:00 p.m., Bruce Klingner, Heritage Foundation; Joon Oh, Korean Ambassador to the United Nations; and Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution, "The Korean Peninsula Issues and U.S. National Security." Sponsored by the ICAS Liberty Foundation. At the Heritage Foundation, Allison Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington. RSVP online.
12:30-2:30 p.m. Nic von Wielligh, author of The Bomb: South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Programme; Jean du Preez, CTBTO; Neville Whiting, former director of IAEA; and Dimitri Perricos, former Acting Executive Chairman of the UNMOVIC. "The Bomb: South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Programme." Vienna Center for Disarmament And Non-Proliferation, Donau-City-Strasse 6, Andromeda Tower, Conference Hall, Japanese Mission, Floor 24, Vienna. RSVP online.
2:30-6:30 p.m., National Laboratory Day on Capitol Hill, G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington.
6:00-9:00 p.m., Oak Ridge protesters, Cree First Nation and six individuals are honored for their work in the anti-nuclear movement, "Nuclear-Free Future Awards." Sponsored by Beyond Nuclear, Green Cross International and the Heinrich Böll Foundation Washington. B-338 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington.
6:00 and 8:00 p.m. EDT, Republican presidential debate. University of Colorado in Boulder. Broadcast on CNBC. Debate will focus on economic issues.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, hearing on the nomination of Laura Holgate to be the Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency. 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington. Webcast on the committee website.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Obama. White House, Washington.
1:00-4:00 p.m., George Shultz, former Secretary of State, and Sidney Drell, Stanford University, "Dwight D. Eisenhower Award Special Session Panel." Part of the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting. Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibit Hall A, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington. Register online.
Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency, submits an assessment to the Board of Governors on outstanding issues regarding military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. Vienna.
Republican presidential debate. Las Vegas, NV. Broadcast on CNN.
House and Senate adjournment (tentative).
Democratic presidential debate. Manchester, NH. Broadcast on ABC News.
Dec. 19-Jan. 4
House and Senate Christmas-New Year's recess
Fifth anniversary of the U.S. Senate ratification of the New START treaty on a 71-26 vote. The treaty reduces the maximum number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons by the United States and Russia from 2,200 to 1,550 each.