12:30-5:00 p.m., Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; Rose Gottemoeller, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; Frank Klotz, Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration; Lassina Zerbo, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization; and other speakers, "Nuclear Weapons Testing: History, Progress, Challenges." Sponsored by the Kazakh Embassy and other organizations. At the U.S. Institute for Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington. Register online. Webcast on the Arms Control Association website.
Senate floor votes on the nominations of Frank Rose to be Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance, Adam Scheinman to be Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall to be Deputy Energy Secretary (possible).
Noon-1:30 p.m., Bonnie Jenkins, State Department Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, "Nuclear Security and the Future." Event is off the record. Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Ninth Floor Board Room, Washington. Register online.
2:30 p.m., Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and other speakers, "National Lab Day on Capitol Hill." Sponsored by the Energy Department. G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington. Followed by a Science and Technology Exhibition at 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 or 17
House of Representatives floor action on a Continuing Resolution, H.J.Res. 124, to continue federal government funding from Oct. 1 through Dec. 11.
10:00-11:30 a.m., Ebrahim Mohseni, University of Tehran; Steven Kull, Program for Public Consultation; and Amb. John Limbert, former U.S. diplomat, "Iranian Attitudes on Nuclear Negotiations with the P5+1." Sponsored by the University of Maryland. At the Carnegie Endowment, Choate Room, First Floor, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington.
Noon-1:00 p.m., Matthew Kroenig, Georgetown University, "A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat." George Washington University, Lehrman Auditorium, Lindner Family Commons, 1957 E St. NW, Room 602, Washington. RSVP online.
7:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Minot (ND) Area Chamber of Commerce, "The Strategic Nuclear Enterprise: Implementing the Roadmap Ahead," with 14 speakers. Army-Navy Club, 901 17th St. NW, Washington. RSVP to Lisa Moldenhauer by email or at (701) 852-6000.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with President Obama. White House, Washington.
Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear Security Enterprise submits its final report to Congress (Public Law 112-239, Sec. 3166) (possible).
Federal budget year begins.
12:00-2:00 p.m., Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University; Gaurav Kampani, University of Tulsa; David Karl, Asia Strategy Initiative; Col. David Smith, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Stephen Schwartz, Monterey Institute of International Studies, "Nuclear Stability in South Asia." Sponsored by the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University Bloomington. At the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Suite 1225, 1400 K St. NW, Washington. RSVP online.
Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg takes office as NATO Secretary General. Brussels.
U.N. General Assembly's First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) begins. Through Nov. 5. United Nations.
11:00 a.m. Norwegian time (5:00 a.m. EDT), Nobel Peace Prize announced (estimate). Oslo, Norway.
75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt receiving the "Einstein-Szilárd Letter," warning about the prospect of an atomic bomb. (Although the letter was dated Aug. 2, it was received by Roosevelt on Oct. 11.)
Columbus Day (federal holiday).
15th anniversary of the U.S. Senate defeat of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty on a 48-51 vote.
50th anniversary of the first Chinese nuclear test. Lop Nur, China.
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Arms Control Association, annual meeting. Carnegie Endowment, Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington. Registration information TBD.
Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Quaker Public Policy Institute. Citizen advocates will urge members of Congress to let diplomacy work on the eve of the deadline for a final U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. Policy briefing on Iran will feature Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (retired). Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, and on Capitol Hill. Register online
Target date for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.
Senate Thanksgiving recess.
President Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Beijing.
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, meeting of the Group of Eminent Persons on entering into force of the treaty. Budapest, Hungary.
Office of Management and Budget returns revised budgets, known as passbacks, to federal agencies for fiscal year 2016 (estimate). Final budgets will be submitted to Congress on Feb. 2.
Rose Gottemoeller, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; James Acton, Carnegie Endowment; Andreas Persbo, Verification Research, Training and Information Centre; and other speakers. "The Prague Agenda 2014." Sponsored by the Czech Foreign Affairs Ministry and Institute of International Relations (Prague). Czernin Palace, Great Hall and Mirror Hall, Prague.
20th anniversary of the START I treaty entering into force. The treaty reduced the number of U.S. and Russian deployed strategic nuclear weapons by 80 percent to 6,000 each.
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.
Afternoon, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz presents the Energy Department's annual budget (estimate). Energy Department, Large Auditorium, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington. Posted on the Energy Department website.
Defense and Energy Departments submit to Congress an annual 10-year plan for the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear weapons complex, nuclear weapons delivery systems and nuclear weapons command and control system ("1043 report") (Public Law 112-81, Sec. 1043).
House and Senate Presidents Day recesses (estimates).
National Nuclear Security Administration submits to Congress a biannual report on the plan for stewardship, management and certification of warheads in the nuclear weapons stockpile (50 U.S. Code Sec. 2523).
Rose Gottemoeller, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, attends the sixth P5 conference. London. The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference at the United Nations (April 27-May 22) is on the agenda.
Fifth anniversary of the signing of the New START 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.