Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency meet to negotiate details on the six-month interim agreement on Iran's nuclear program. Vienna.
11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Rep. Lleana Ros-Lehtinen (FL); Rep. Brad Sherman (CA); Sen. Ed Markey (MA) (invited); Mark Wallace, former Ambassador to the U.N.; Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association; Kingston Reif, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation; Christopher Paine, Natural Resources Defense Council; and Robert Zarate, Foreign Policy Initiative, "Avoiding Future Irans: A New Course for U.S. Nonproliferation Policy." Sponsored by Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. At B338 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington. RSVP online.
3:30-4:30 p.m., Reza Marashi, National Iranian American Council, "Understanding the Iran Nuclear Deal," online webinar. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council – DC. To receive login information, RSVP online.
10:00 a.m., Rep. Jim Cooper (TN); Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX); and Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, "Critical Mass: Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East." Sponsored by Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. At 2218 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington. RSVP online.
3:00-5:30 p.m., Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; Daniel Poneman, Deputy Energy Secretary; Mark Hibbs, Carnegie Endowment; Thomas Moore, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mary Beth Nikitin, Congressional Research Service; Miles Pomper, Monterey Institute; and Steve Rademaker, Podesta Group, "Key Policy Issues for U.S. Nuclear Cooperation." Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St., NW, 12th Floor, Washington. RSVP online.
Senate floor action on a bill to amend the budget ceilings for defense and non-defense spending in the Budget Control Act (possible). Broadcast and webcast on C-SPAN2.
9:00-11:30 a.m., Chris Gadomski, Bloomberg New Energy Finance; Alan Hanson, MIT; and Gretchen Hund, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, "New Nuclear Suppliers." Center for Strategic and International Studies, Room 212-A/B, 1616 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington. RSVP by email.
House floor action on a bill to amend the budget ceilings for defense and non-defense spending in the Budget Control Act (possible). Broadcast and webcast on C-SPAN.
10:00 a.m., Marianne Begemann, IPPNW Holland; Roberto Del Bianco, IPPNW Italy; Xanthe Hall, IPPNW Germany; and Ward Kusters, IPPNW Belgium, “The B61 Nuclear Bombs In Europe: What is the Future?” Sponsored by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). At the European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli Building, Room A5E1, Brussels.
6:00-7:30 p.m., Robert Einhorn, former Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation; Hossein Mousavian, former lead Iranian nuclear negotiator; and Thomas Pickering, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, "The U.S. and Iran: A Breakthrough Moment?" Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., New York. Register online. Webcast on the Asia Society website.
8:30 a.m., Gen. Robert Kehler, former Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, and Vice Adm. Terry Joseph Benedict, Director of Naval Strategic Systems Programs, "2013 PONI Fall Conference." Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington. RSVP by Dec. 10 online.
Third anniversary of Senate ratification of the New START Treaty on a vote of 71 to 26. The treaty reduces the maximum number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons by the United States and Russia from 2,200 to 1,550 each.
U.S. Air Force test launches a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (possible) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, toward the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, Central Pacific Ocean.
Russia flight tests the new RS-26 "Rubezh" ICBM (possible). Kapustin Yar Missile Test Range, Russia.
New Year's Day (holiday).
Congressional Budget Office reports to Congress on the 10-year cost of maintaining U.S. nuclear weapons and delivery systems (Public Law 112-239, Sec. 1041).
U.S. Strategic Command reports to Congress on the underground tunnel network in China with respect to the capability of the United States to use conventional and nuclear forces to neutralize such tunnels and what is stored within such tunnels (Public Law 112-239, Sec. 1045).
Senate floor action on a Continuing Resolution/Omnibus Appropriation for fiscal year 2014 (possible). Broadcast and webcast on C-SPAN2.
House of Representatives convenes.
Jim Miller, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, leaves office.
12:30-2:30 p.m., Nuclear Threat Initiative, report launch of 2014 NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index. At the Dumbarton Room, Four Season Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington. By invitation only. For inquiries, contact NTI by email.
House floor action on a Continuing Resolution/Omnibus Appropriation for fiscal year 2014 (possible). Broadcast and webcast on C-SPAN.
20th anniversary of the Trilateral Agreement between Ukraine, Russia and United States under which Ukraine agreed to transfer all former Soviet strategic nuclear warheads to Russia for dismantlement.
20th anniversary of the announcement by President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin that by the end of May 1993, no country would be targeted by missiles of the United States or Russia.
Transform Now Plowshares sentencing hearing (tentative; may be delayed) for charges of interfering with or obstructing the national defense and depredation of government property at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge, TN. U.S. District Court for Eastern Tennessee, U.S. Courthouse, 800 Market St., Suite 130, Knoxville, TN.
Defense Department submits to Congress an annual report on the threat posed to the United States by weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles (50 U.S. Code Sec. 2367).
Senate Armed Services Committee, hearing on the nomination of Madelyn Creedon to be Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (estimate). Room TBA, Senate Office Building, Washington. Webcast on the committee website.
Senate Banking Committee, markup of additional Iran sanctions (possible). 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington. Webcast on the committee website.
Senate votes on the nominations of Rose Gottemoeller to be Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Frank Rose to be Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance, Adam Scheinman to be Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz (retired) to be Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (estimates). Broadcast and webcast on C-SPAN2.
Jan. or Feb.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, hearing on a bill to authorize the extension of the Agreement for Cooperation between the United States and South Korea on the Civil Uses of Nuclear Energy, through March 19, 2016, H.R. 2449 (possible). 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington. Webcast on the committee website.
9:00 p.m., President Obama gives the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Capitol Building, Washington. Broadcast and webcast on C-SPAN, broadcast on other networks and webcast on the White House website.
Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear Security Enterprise submits its final report to Congress (Public Law 112-239, Sec. 3166).
~1:30 p.m., Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz presents the Energy Department's annual budget. Energy Department, Large Auditorium, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington (likely to be delayed). RSVP required. Budget posted on the Energy Department website.
Defense Department provides Congress an annual briefing on nuclear weapons employment strategy, plans and options of the United States (10 U.S. Code Sec. 491).
National Nuclear Security Administration submits to Congress a biannual summary of the plan for stewardship, management and certification of warheads in the nuclear weapons stockpile (50 U.S. Code Sec. 2523).
U.N. Disarmament Commission annual meeting. United Nations.
Fourth anniversary of the signing of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty by President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Prague. The treaty reduces the maximum number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons by the United States and Russia from 2,200 to 1,550 each.
House of Representatives spring recess.
Director of National Intelligence submits to Congress an annual report on Iran's capability to produce nuclear weapons (50 U.S. Code Sec. 2367 note).
65th Anniversary of the Soviet Union’s first nuclear test at Semipalatinsk test site.
Labor Day (holiday).
Director of National Intelligence submits to Congress a biennial report on nuclear aspirations of non-state entities and nuclear weapons in countries not party to the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (50 U.S. Code Sec. 2371).
President Obama attends a NATO summit. Newport, Wales, United Kingdom.
Federal agencies submit their initial budgets to the Office of Management and Budget for fiscal year 2016 (estimate). Final budgets will be submitted to Congress on Feb. 2.