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This  event is an opportunity to understand the PRC's assertive policy and plan to establish the '9-Dash Line' in International Territory 


A  significant portion of the South China Sea has evolved into an increasingly contested area of overlapping and conflicting territorial claims that have created tension, and could evolve into an escalating  conflict between the People's Republic of China (PRC), our allies and  partners, and, potentially the US. 

Our  Speaker, Tom McNamara, brings an operational level perspective on the Indo-Asia-Pacific security situation, based on more than 13 years of  combined service as a Senior Intelligence Officer for US Pacific Command  and it’s Army Component. 

Tom  will address the evolution of the implementation of the PRC’s plan to illegally claim much of the South China Sea in order to dominate  critical sea lanes, to control the resources including fish and oil, and  to create an extended buffer zone between the PRC and the US and its  partners and allies.  

Tom's  insights are based upon his service as the Civilian Deputy Director of  Intelligence (Deputy J2), US Pacific Command from 2005-2014, as the  Military Director of Intelligence (G2), US Army Pacific from 1998-2001, and as civilian Deputy Director for Intelligence (Deputy G2), US Army  Pacific from 2003-2004.

Additionally,  Tom has served as Director, Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA)  Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force from April 2014 through February 2016;  and he also deployed as the Chief,  Defense (DIA) Forward  Element-Afghanistan (Kabul, Afghanistan) during 2012.   

Tom also served as an Army Officer (1971-2001), and he possesses a Master of Arts degree in Political Science.  

Tom  is a graduate of the Army’s Command and Staff College & War  College, Naval Post Graduate Executive Business Course, DOD SES APEX   Course, and the Naval Flag Officer & SES Orientation and Training   Seminar.  

He is currently a consultant on National Security issues residing in Las Vegas, NV.

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About this Special Event

The evening of Jan 7, 2020 brought together world-leading experts in the nuclear community to discuss how the revolution in Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, Spent Fuel Recycling, and Microgrids are poised to take America into an Assured Energy posture in the 21st Century.

Nuclear Energy remains the most compact and efficient way to deliver clean energy to our power-hungry society that depends upon electricity much more than the ability of that electricity to be assuredly supplied. Every moment that the Grid is operational is a moment when society has 'dodged a bullet'.

Presentations from the panel members were followed by a question and discussion period. If you thought you knew all about nuclear power, you would have been pleasantly surprised to learn even more about it from our Panel of Experts.

Here's a summary of the Panel Members:

Panel Member – Steve Curtis

Mr. Curtis has been a national response radiological team leader on the Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST) for 15 years. He has been an officer in both the active duty Army and the Nevada National Guard, and  has been involved in public education on nuclear science for 35 years.  Steve is currently leading an effort to advance nuclear power as a clean  energy through education programs, public speaking, and writing  articles. Mr. Curtis holds a BSEE and a Masters in Health Physics and is a past president of local sections of both the American Nuclear Society and the Health Physics Society.

Panel Member – Craig Smith, PhD

Prof. Craig Smith, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, CA, received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1975 and his B.S. in Engineering, summa cum laude from UCLA in 1971. Professor Smith is an expert on advanced nuclear reactor technologies and their associated fuel cycles.  He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Following his graduate studies, Prof. Smith served in the US Army before joining Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). At LLNL, he became a Deputy Associate Director and he led the Fission Energy Program. After his retirement from LLNL, he assumed his current position as Research  Professor of Physics at NPS.  He serves as the US representative to the Generation IV International Forum System Steering Committee for the Lead-cooled Fast Reactor.

Panel Member – Jim Marchant

In 1984, Jim Marchant founded a  computer software company and served as president and CEO from 1984 to  2003.   His company produced one of the first ISP platforms and introduced VOIP technology serving customers worldwide. In 1996, Jim  founded and served as president of the Federation of Internet Service  Providers, the only ISP association in the US. This association conceived most of the cyber laws in effect today and ensured these laws were enacted at the State and Federal level. In 2016, Jim won the  District 37 Nevada State Assembly seat, and also served on the Commerce and Labor, Energy, and Taxation and Government Affairs Committees. He is  currently running for the US Congress to represent the 4th Congressional District in Nevada.