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UCM Named Host Site for Strategic Deterrent Coalition’s Inaugural Symposium

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 12, 2015) – The Strategic Deterrent Coalition (SDC), a national organization dedicated to supporting and maintaining the United States’ strategic nuclear deterrent, has selected the University of Central Missouri as the site for its first symposium, May 4-6. Senior military leaders from Washington, D.C. and academic experts from institutions such as Yale University have roles in the event, titled “Strategic Deterrence in the 21st Century.”

The coalition is working in cooperation with UCM to help make the symposium possible. UCM’s Elliott Student Union and Traditions at Pertle Springs provide the setting for campus activities ranging from guest speakers and panel discussions to lunch and dinner events. Speakers from all across academia and the U.S. military will be participating in the event. On the last day of the symposium, participants also get a tour of Whiteman AFB.

According to Joe Scallorns, SDC president and event chair, symposium speakers will share their thoughts on current and future strategies of nuclear deterrence. The emphasis “will be on adaptation to Post Cold War Strategic Deterrence, both what has changed, and what has remained the same.”

“Our goal is that participants will gain a better understanding of our strategy and the need to provide the resources to maintain the safety, security and effectiveness of our forces and maintain trust in the mission,” Scallorns noted.

Keynote speaker for the event is Adm. Cecil D. Haney, a highly decorated naval officer who serves as commander of the U.S. Strategic Command.  Also joining the lineup of speakers and panelists are individuals such as The Honorable Frank G. Klotz, administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration; Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command; Commodore John Macdonald, British Royal Navy; and Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander of United Submarine Forces, Submarine Force Atlantic, and Allied Submarine Command.

Charles Ambrose, president of UCM, will host an education panel that includes speakers such as Paul Bracken, a professor in the Yale School of Management and  author of the book,  “The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics.” Also joining the panelists is Dr. Mahir J. Ibrahimov, program manager of the U.S. Army Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Enterprise Management Office, who will share the Russian perspective with regard to nuclear deterrence. A panel discussion on “Women in the Nuclear Enterprise” will be moderated by Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Sharon Dunbar, who was a dual-hatted commander of the Air Force District of Washington and the 320th Air expeditionary Wing, headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Md. A military leader close to home, Col. Kristin Goodwin, former vice commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at WAFB and current commander of the 2nd Bob Wing, joins the panel along with Col. Tracey Hayes, commander of the 90th Missile Wing, and The Honorable Mary Russell, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Ambrose said UCM is both honored and excited to serve as the host site for SDC’s inaugural symposium.

“This opportunity is an extension of the excellent working relationship UCM enjoys with the local community and with hundreds of military veterans and active duty service members who have made UCM their choice for a higher education. The university looks forward to providing a forum for dialogue on strategic deterrence,” Ambrose said.

SDC is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization of concerned citizens who have a vision for the U.S. to maintain a modern, safe, secure, effective and stabilized Nuclear Triad deterrent. The group’s mission is to educate and inform the public and decision makers on the importance of the Triad – consisting of submarine-launched ballistic missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and heavy bombers. SDC maintains that all three legs of the Triad are needed to provide strategic stability at a reasonable cost, while hedging against potential technical problems or vulnerabilities.

The symposium is open to active duty military personnel, veterans, community members, and students, and there is a charge for participation. Learn more about the event, costs, and how to register, by visiting the website Individuals also can call Kellie Duffendack