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SFCIR: Former LANL Director, Sig Hecker, To Discuss 'What's Next For North Korea?' March 21

on March 5, 2019 - 7:41am
Dr. Sig Hecker
Dr. Sig Hecker, former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present a discussion entitled "What’s Next for North Korea?" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, 1501 Paseo de Peralta.
The presentation will be introduced and moderated by Valerie Plame, former covert CIA operations officer.
2017 was a very dangerous year on the Korean Peninsula, with regular nuclear tests and a war of words with President Trump – from “dotard” to “Little Rocket Man”. However, rapid North/South rapprochement and the Singapore Kim/Trump Summit in 2018 dramatically lowered tensions and the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula – creating space and time to pursue diplomatic solutions. Dr. Hecker will review the status of diplomacy and nuclear developments in light of the recent Kim/Trump Summit.
Dr. Hecker is a professor emeritus (research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). He was co-director of CISAC from 2007-2012. From 1986 to 1997, Dr. Hecker served as the fifth Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction, and nuclear security.
Dr. Hecker’s current research interests include plutonium science, nuclear weapons policy, nuclear security, and the safe and secure expansion of nuclear energy. Over the past 25 years, he has fostered cooperation with the Russian nuclear laboratories to secure and safeguard the vast stockpile of ex-Soviet fissile materials.
Valerie Plameoratory
As a former covert CIA operations officer, Valerie Plame works to reduce the rapid increase and distribution of nuclear and weapons of mass destruction.
She served at a senior level in the CIA, which involved managing top-secret covert programs, recruiting foreign assets, reporting to US policy-makers, along with many other tasks and responsibilities. Plame now sits on the boards of Global Data Security, Starling Trust, as well as nonprofit organizations Global Zero, the United Way of Santa Fe and Postpartum Support International. She has done a considerable amount of public speaking on cyber and national security, nuclear proliferation, and women in intelligence all based on her experience in her career. She has written for many top new sources and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, The Daily Show, and many more.

Cost of the lectures, is $15 in advance/$20 at the door for non-members and $12 in advance/$15 at the door for CIR members. There is no charge for students and teachers.
For more information on registering for the lectures, go to the Council’s website at or telephone the office at 505.982.4931.