Power of the Public for Nuclear Nonproliferation

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The Nuclear Policy Working Group is excited to announce the 3rd annual Expert Panel Discussion on Nuclear Security Policy – The Power of the Public for Nuclear Nonproliferation – to be held on April 7, 2015 at 7pm in the Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, on the UC Berkeley campus.

How can social media, cell phones and satellite imagery be used to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? Join academics, national laboratory scientists, and nuclear security experts as we explore the applications of open source technology to arms control and nuclear security.

View the webcast of the event here:

Panelists include:

  • Frank Pabian, a senior geospatial information analyst at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Pabian has 40 years of experience as a satellite imagery analyst and nuclear nonproliferation expert, including serving as Nuclear Chief Inspector in Iraq for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1996 to 1998.
  • James Kornell, a research engineer at the National Security Technology’s Special Technologies Laboratory. Kornell is an expert in computational ontologies, systems development, artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology.
  • Bryan Lee is the Interim Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Lee is a former career Army officer and Eurasian affairs specialist with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of national security assignments. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Analyst award from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and has served as the principal intelligence briefer to the Assistant Secretaries of Defense for Global Security Affairs and International Security Affairs, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Eurasia.
  • Maynard Holliday is currently a Presidential appointed Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics (AT&L) at the Pentagon, where he works intimately with DoD leadership on national security issues and acquisition policy. He has worked as a senior engineering and robotics professional in government and the private sector for the last 25+ years.  He is a former project engineer and program manager at Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs, as well as a veteran of  several high profile Silicon Valley robotics start-ups and companies.

The event will be moderated by Zoe Gastelum, a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, in the Global Technology Engagement, Research & Analysis Department, Center for Nonproliferation and Cooperative Threat Reduction. Ms. Gastelum joined Sandia in February 2015. Prior to Sandia, she was a Nonproliferation Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and a Safeguards Information Analyst at the International Atomic Energy Agency. Her research focuses on the development of computational models and analytical tools to support nonproliferation, including conceptual development of mobile platforms for international safeguards inspections, evaluation of open source information for nonproliferation verification applications, and the use of advanced analytics to support information fusion in diverse data environments.


April 7, 2015, 7-9PM

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720


We encourage you to live-tweet us during the panel event @ucb_npwg using the hashtag #opensource.


If you are at one of the NSSC academic institutions, join our NPWG satellite chapters for a live webcast viewing party.

University of California, Irvine

Date and Time: April 7, 2015, 7PM PST

Location: Engineering Tower (ET) 331

Host: Jill Pestana

University of California, Davis

Date and Time: April 7, 2015, 7PM PST

Location: Physics Building, room 185

Host: Jennifer Boyer

Michigan State University

Date and Time: April 7, 2015, 10PM EST

Location: Lecture Hall, Cyclotron Building

Host: Kalee Hammerton

Middlebury (Monterey) Institute of International Studies/Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Date and Time: April 7, 2015, 7PM PST

Location: CNS VC Room

Host: Dave Schmerler


We invite students and faculty of the NSSC community, as well as members of the general public to participate in this event by submitting questions to be considered by our panelists. If you submit a compelling question, our panelists may directly address it during our event!

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