Partnership Hosts Triad Conference
The Camden Partnership hosted the Triad conference November 7 - 8, 2013, at Kings Bay. A nuclear triad refers to a nuclear arsenal which consists of three components, traditionally strategic bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). These are located at Kings Bay and Bangor, Washington. The purpose of having a three-branched nuclear capability is to significantly reduce the possibility that an enemy could destroy all of a nation's nuclear forces in a first-strike attack; this, in turn, ensures a credible threat of a second strike, and thus increases a nation's nuclear deterrence. Submarines are considered the most survivable leg of the triad.
There was an incredible level of expertise in the speakers. It was interesting to see so many Air Force uniforms in town.
- General Robert Kehler, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
- Major General Garrett Harencak, Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration
- Major General Scott Vander Hamm, Commander 8th Air Force
were all featured speakers
They joined a "who's who" in the submarine world:
- Vice Admiral Michael Connor, Commander, Submarine Forces.
- Vice Admiral Terry Benedict, Director, Strategic Systems Programs
- Rear Admiral Richard Breckenridge, Director, Undersea Warfare Division
- Rear Admiral Dave Johnson, Program Executive Officer for Submarines
- From the UK, Rear Admiral Mark Beverstock, RN, Chief Strategic Systems Executive, UK Ministry of Defense
These active duty members were joined by an elite group of submarine and nuclear issues:
- The Honorable Franklin Miller, Principal, The Scrowcroft Group
- Ambassador Linton Brooks, Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Amy Woolf, Library of Congress/Congressional Research Service
- Professor Matthew Kroenig, Georgetown University
- Mark Schneider, National institute for Public Policy
- Peter Hussey, Geostrategic Analysis
None of the issues facing us today can be addressed without the help of Congress, and Representative Joe Courtney, (D, CT) attended and spoke about the necessity of the conference because these are very big commitments that the country has to make. "They're important commitments and they're import to our national security and defense."
We are already working on the DC Fly In and these issues will be in the forefront of our issues.
The partnership was grateful for the help of Team Camden especially that of Tonya Rosado, Dave Burch and the Camden - Kings Bay Navy League, as well as the Camden Chamber of Commerce.