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This year’s symposium marks a quarter-century since the launch of the Defense Counterproliferation Initiative (DCI) and will focus on the threats, challenges and opportunities ahead of us. The DCI guided the U.S. Department of Defense in confronting new WMD dangers posed by rogue states and terrorists in the post-Cold War world, but great power competition once again looms large among WMD challenges even as rogue state and terrorist threats remain. At the symposium, senior officials and experts will discuss choices made and current choices before the United States, allies and partners in this changing world on nuclear weapons policy and posture, arms control and nonproliferation, biodefense, emerging technologies, and requirements, plans, concepts and capabilities for countering WMD.

The overall classification of the symposium will be SECRET//REL FVEY, FRA. Symposium registration is limited to personnel from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and France who possess the requisite security clearance.


Symposium Fee

The symposium fee must be paid at the time of registration. All payments (VISA, Mastercard, American Express) must be made online at EventBrite.

Through 03 June 2019, the early registration fee of $110.00 will apply. Starting 04 June 2019, a fee of $125.00 will be charged. The fee covers the costs of catering and other administrative expenses. Registration will be available until COB 12 June 2019.

Registration may be cancelled without penalty on or before 04 June 2019. After that date, registration fees will not be refunded. We regret no fee reduction can be made if you are unable to attend all of the events at the symposium. 

Group registrations are limited to 10 people. If you are interested in registering a group, select the number of tickets and fill out the appropriate information for each attendee in the group. Group registrations must be paid with one credit card. After payment is submitted, each person registered in the group will receive confirmation and a ticket for the event.


If you have any payment questions, please email WMDCenter_Symposium@ndu.edu.

 

Symposium Details

Conference facility and registration opens at 7:15 AM with light refreshments served until 8:15 AM.

The symposium will begin promptly at 8:20 AM.

Location:
National Defense University
Fort Lesley J. McNair, Lincoln Hall Auditorium
300 5th Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20319-1600

Date: 1920 June 2019

Time: 7:15 AM–5:00 PM

Symposium Discussion Policy
The National Defense University maintains a strict policy of non-attribution. Without the expressed permission of the speakers, nothing will be attributed directly or indirectly in the presence of anyone who was not authorized to attend the conference. For the full NDU non-attribution policy, click here.

Symposium Attire
Business attire for civilians and Service equivalent uniform (Class B) for military.

Classified Information Security Procedures and Materials
The symposium will be held at the SECRET//REL FVEY, FRA  level. No electronic devices that are able to transmit, receive, or record will be allowed in the auditorium. This includes laptops, cellular phones, personal digital assistants, pagers, or any other communications devices. Attendees may leave their electronic devices at the registration desk or in their vehicle.

If attendees take any notes that are classified, symposium staff are available to take possession of the notes and ensure proper security procedures are followed for delivery.


Badging
All attendees and participants are required to present photo identification and sign in at the registration desk to obtain a badge. Attendees must wear the badge visibly at all times while at National Defense University.


Clearances

The overall classification of the symposium will be SECRET//REL FVEY, FRA. Symposium registration is limited to personnel from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and France who possess the requisite security clearance. To complete the registration process, your security office must send verification of your security clearance to NDU’s Security Office by 14 June 2019, POC Mr. Nicholas Winstead. U.S. nationals need to submit their clearance to NDU per the instructions below. Non-U.S. nationals need to submit a Foreign Visit Request through their embassies to the DoD Foreign Liaison Office.

Sending Clearances by Fax
If your security office sends security clearance verification by fax, the NDU Security Office fax number is 202-685-3765. Have the verification sent ATTN: Nicholas Winstead. If you have any questions about the security clearance process, please contact our administrative staff at WMDCenter_Symposium@ndu.edu.

State the purpose as: WMD Center Symposium 2019. Please include the following information in your fax:

  • Facility to be visited: National Defense University
  • Rank/title and full name
  • Social Security number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Clearance level
  • Date clearance was granted
  • Investigation type
  • Investigation date
  • Investigating Agency
  • Name/rank/title/office symbol/phone number of security manager

DoD JPAS System
If you will be submitting your clearance using the Department of Defense JPAS System, the National Defense University SMO is W37WAA6. Please list the POC as: Nicholas Winstead. If you have any questions about the security clearance process, please contact our administrative staff at WMDCenter_Symposium@ndu.edu.

At the conference badging area, you will be required to provide photo identification (driver’s license, passport, military ID, civilian federal employee CAC or PIV).

NDU’s full mailing address:
Mr. Larry Morales
Marshall Hall, Room 198A
300 5th Avenue SW
Fort Lesley J. McNair
Washington, DC 20319-1600

Phone: (202) 685-2160
Fax: (202) 685-3765


Directions

National Defense University
Fort Lesley J. McNair 
Lincoln Hall Auditorium 
Washington, DC 20319 


By Metro
Take the Green Line to Waterfront-SEU Station. Exit the Waterfront-SEU station to the parking lot. Cross M Street and walk down 4th Street. Immediately after 4th Street bends to become P Street, you will come across Ft. McNair’s Ceremonial Gate. The Ceremonial Gate is open for entry ONLY between the hours of 6:00-9:00 AM and ONLY for visitors possessing a Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC). All other visitors must enter through the 2nd Street Gate. To reach the 2nd Street Gate, continue walking east on P Street and then turn right when you reach 2nd Street. The 2nd Street gate is about 200 yards down 2nd Street across from Q Street. Note that individuals and vehicles entering Ft. McNair are subject to search.


The walk and security procedures will take up to 20-30 minutes from the time you exit the Metro station.

Map of Ft. McNair Map of Ft. McNair


By Taxi
If you are arriving by taxi, ask your taxi driver to drop you at the 2nd Street gate at the intersection of 2nd Street SW and Q Street SW. Enter the 2nd Street gate and go to the guard building, where the guard will check your ID (you will need to show the guard a valid driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued identification such as a CAC—building passes are not accepted). Note that individuals and vehicles entering Ft. McNair are subject to search; each registered participant will be given an event pass to help facilitate installation access. Once cleared by the guard, follow the sidewalk on the right until it ends and turn right into the parking lot. Walk through the parking lot toward Lincoln Hall in front of you (it is marked as Building 64 and has a circular colonnade at the entrance). Enter Lincoln Hall and follow the signs to the symposium registration desk.

Driving
Parking at Fort McNair is limited because of classes and other events being held on post. If you must drive, we encourage you to carpool and arrive early.

Coming from Virginia (South) via the 14th Street Bridge: 
Take I-95 North to I-395 North going into Washington, DC. Go over the 14th Street Bridge staying to the left. The road splits—left to Route 1 and right to I-395 North. Stay to the left but after the split get in the right lane. There is a right exit for Maine Avenue before the first light. At the light at the bottom of the exit ramp, you have to go right. Stay straight on Maine Avenue—Waterfront is on the right. Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront-SEU Metro/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the road turns to become P Street immediately before the front (or Main) gate of Fort McNair. Proceed past this gate and continue along P Street to the end of the block. At the intersection, turn right onto 2nd Street SW. Proceed south along 2nd Street SW for about ¼ mile. Ft. McNair will be to your right.

Coming from Virginia (West) via I-66:
Take Independence Avenue along the Tidal Basin. Follow signs for Maine Avenue. Stay straight on Maine Avenue—Waterfront is on the right. Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront Metro/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the turns to become P Street immediately before the front (or Main) gate of Fort McNair. Proceed past this gate and continue along P Street to the end of the block. At the intersection, turn right onto 2nd Street SW. Proceed south along 2nd Street SW for about ¼ mile. The entrance to Ft. McNair will be to your right.

Coming from Maryland:
Take I-95 South toward Virginia. Just before the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, take I-295 toward Washington, DC. Exit at South Capitol Street. Go over the Fredrick Douglas Bridge. Get in the right lane. Make a left at the light onto M Street (this takes you over South Capitol Street). Turn left on 4th Street (Waterfront-SEU Metro/Safeway is on the right). Go through one light and then the road bends to become P Street immediately before the front (or Main) gate of Fort McNair. Proceed past this gate and continue along P Street to the end of the block. At the intersection, turn right onto 2nd Street SW. Proceed south along 2nd Street SW for about ¼ mile. The entrance to Ft. McNair will be to your right.

Coming from Northwest DC:
From Constitution Ave. going east toward the Capitol, turn right on 7th street, which brings you to Maine Ave. Turn left on Maine Ave. Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront-SEU Metro/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and the road turns to become P Street immediately before the front (or Main) gate of Fort McNair. Proceed past this gate and continue along P Street to the end of the block. At the intersection, turn right onto 2nd Street SW. Proceed south along 2nd Street SW for about ¼ mile. The entrance to Ft. McNair will be to your right.


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Base Access
All visitors will be required to show the guard a valid driver's license, passport, or other government-issued identification; each registered participant should print the ticket emailed at registration, this will serve as the base access pass to enter the installation. Those entering Ft. McNair are subject to search. Please allow for up to 15 minutes to clear the 2nd Street Gate as security procedures for vehicles and the high volume of traffic can cause delays.

Visitors with a Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) or valid military ID card (active duty, retiree, or dependent) may enter through the main ceremonial gate, which is located at 4th and P Streets, SW, and open between the hours of 6:00-9:00 AM.  

All other visitors must enter through the 2nd Street Gate, which is located on 2nd Street just South of P Street.

Parking
Inside Ft. McNair, parking is extremely limited because of student, staff, and faculty parking and events running concurrently to our own. Please see the map above for open parking locations on the installation. Do not park illegally; illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed.


For questions regarding the 2019 WMD Center Symposium, please email WMDCenter_Symposium@ndu.edu.