CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) hosted nearly 300 military and civilian experts for the 2019 Triad Symposium on August 23 at WestGate Academy in Odon, Indiana. The event features Crane's collaboration with the U.S. Air Force, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and universities in Indiana to pursue strategic nuclear modernization and other key conventional strike technological requirements.
Speakers, including senior level military leadership, addressed current plans to modernize U.S. systems through collaborative, cost-effective solutions for our nation's nuclear deterrent. NSWC Crane, academic, and industry discussed their support of strategic systems and the development of solutions for advanced systems. Speakers discussed building partnerships with experts across United States defense community, including defense industry partners, Department of Defense, Air Force, and Navy.
NSWC Crane, DoD, and industry leadership discussed their efforts to support our nation's warfighters by providing critical strategic hardware engineering to the Navy, Air Force, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and MDA, as well as how such technologies support our defense strategy and the challenges faced bringing them to the battlefield.
The event included several speakers:
- Capt. Mark Oesterreich USN, Commanding Officer, NSWC Crane
- Peter Huessy, Director of Deterrent Studies, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
- Vice Adm. Johnny R. Wolfe USN, Director, U.S. Navy SSP
- U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D.
- U.S. Sen. Todd Young
- Honorable Frank Miller, Principal, The Snowcraft Group
- Dr. Dan DeLaurentis, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University
- Dr. Martin Swany, Chair, Intelligent Systems Engineering, Indiana University
- Thomas C. Corke, Director, Institute for Flow Physics and Control and Director, Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research, University of Notre Dame
- Capt. Doug Williams USN, Technical Director, U.S. Navy SSP
- Michael Morgan, Executive Director of Operations & Communications, Air Force Global Strike Command
- Robert W. Thomas Jr. (SES), Associate Director, J8 Capability and Resource Integration Directorate, USSTRATCOM
- John H. James, Jr., Executive Director, MDA
- Dyke Weatherington, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Information & Integration Portfolio Management)
- Beth Rafferty, Vice President, Columbia-Class Submarine Program, General Dynamics Electric Boat
- Dr. Laura Hooks, Vice President, Strategic Systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems
- Dr. Carl Palko, Principal Director, Nuclear Operations Directorate, The Aerospace Corporation
- John Snyder, Vice President, Air Force Strategic Programs, Lockheed Martin
- Peter Fanta (SES), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters (DASD(NM))
NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's Warfighter.