Nuclear Security Summit 2016

Nuclear Security Summit 2016

The United States will host the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in 2016. As President Obama remarked at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit, preparations are currently underway.

“I’m looking forward to hosting all of you in the United States, in 2016. We had a good discussion this afternoon about how we should conceive of this summit two years from now. The consensus, based on what I heard, was that we should recognize this next summit will be a transition summit in which heads of state and government are still participating, but that we are shifting towards a moresustainable model that utilizes our ministers, our technical people, and we are building some sort of architecture that can effectively focus and implement on these issues and supplement the good work that is being done by the IAEA and others.

So I see two tasks before us over the next two years. Number one is we have to set very clearly what are the actionable items that we’ve already identified that we know can get done if we have the political will to do them, and let’s go ahead and get them done so that in 2016 we can report out that we have made extraordinary progress and achieved many of the benchmarks and targets that we had set at the very first Nuclear Security Summit. In other words, I think it is important for us not to relax, but rather accelerate our efforts over the next two years, sustain momentum so that we finish strong in 2016.

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 Goals of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

 There are twin goals for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit: advancing tangible improvements in nuclear security behavior, and strengthening the global nuclear security architecture. As was the case at previous Summits, countries will announce significant nuclear security commitments and accomplishments, both through national statements or in association with multilateral Gift Baskets. Action Plans will be endorsed for five key international organizations and institutions (International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations, INTERPOL, Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, and Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction) that will reflect the intent of Summit countries, in their roles as members of these organizations, to strengthen their contributions to nuclear security. The 2016 Summit will provide a forum and the opportunity for leaders to engage with each other and to reinforce at the highest levels our commitment to securing and eliminating nuclear materials, and preventing nuclear smuggling.

For more: http://www.nss2016.org

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31

Heads of Delegation Arrivals to the White House, Greeting by Ambassador Chief Peter Selfridge, Chief of Protocol of the United States
The White House, South Lawn

Heads of Delegation Working Dinner hosted by The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States: Nuclear Security Threat Perceptions
East Room, The White House

Dinner hosted by The Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State and The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz, Secretary of Energy
U.S. Department of State, Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1

President Obama meets with members of the P5+1
Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Opening Plenary: National Actions to Enhance Nuclear Security
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Second Plenary Session
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Third Plenary Session
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Heads of Delegation Family Photo
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Working Lunch: International and Institutional Actions to Strengthen NuclearSecurity
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Scenario-Based Policy Discussion and Closing Remarks
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Closing Press Briefing by The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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March 31-April 1, 2016
President Obama hosts Nuclear Security Summit 2016
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C

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  1. WH

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey
    St. Regis Hotel, Washington DC

    10:00 AM
    10:35 AM
    President Obama holds a trilateral meeting with President Park of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz and Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

    12:30 PM
    Vice President Biden holds a working lunch with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:10 PM
    President Obama and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China holds a bilateral meeting
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan
    The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

    4:00 PM
    4:15 PM
    President Obama and President Francois Hollande of France holds a bilateral meeting
    The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

    4:45 PM
    President Obama welcomes the heads of delegation arrivals to the White House for the Nuclear Security Summit
    White House, South Lawn

    6:30 PM
    President Obama hosts the heads of delegation for the Nuclear Security Summit
    East Room

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:15 PM
    President Obama holds a working dinner with heads of delegations at the Nuclear Security Summit
    East Room

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • POTUS podium

      March 31, 2016

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      12:30 PM ET
      Press Briefing with White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz and Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

      2:00 PM EDT
      White House Briefing on Life After Clemency
      The White House

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      Brookings Institution
      State of the European Union
      Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka spoke about the state of the European Union. Topics included the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the influx of Syrian refugees, and the threat of terrorism in Europe http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/407494-1

      11:00 AM EDT
      Defense Department Briefing on Military Operations Against ISIS
      Defense Department Briefing U.K. Major General Doug Chalmers, Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve deputy commander for support, briefs reporters and responds to questions on military operations against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria. http://www.c-span.org/video/?407510-1/defense-department-briefing-military-operations-isis

      12:00 PM ET
      Atlantic Council of the U.S.
      Nuclear Threats
      Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) and former Defense Secretary Bill Perry talked about the threat posed by nuclear weapons, as well as what can be done on the federal and local levels to reduce the likelihood of a nuclear attack. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/407497-1

      12:30 PM ET
      Press Briefing with White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz and Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes http://www.c-span.org/video/?407523-1/white-house-briefing-nuclear-security-summit

      4:00 PM ET
      Atlantic Council of the U.S.
      Networked Homes
      The Atlantic Council hosted a discussion on networked homes and the “Internet of things,”* as well as the security and privacy risks posed by this technology. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/407496-1

      7:00 PM ET
      Sanders Presidential Campaign
      Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally in South Bronx
      Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke to supporters at a campaign rally in the Bronx, New York. http://www.c-span.org/video/?407458-1/bernie-sanders-campaign-rally-south-bronx

  2. Nuclear Security Summit 2016

    The United States will host the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in 2016. As President Obama remarked at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit, preparations are currently underway.

    “I’m looking forward to hosting all of you in the United States, in 2016. We had a good discussion this afternoon about how we should conceive of this summit two years from now. The consensus, based on what I heard, was that we should recognize this next summit will be a transition summit in which heads of state and government are still participating, but that we are shifting towards a moresustainable model that utilizes our ministers, our technical people, and we are building some sort of architecture that can effectively focus and implement on these issues and supplement the good work that is being done by the IAEA and others.

    So I see two tasks before us over the next two years. Number one is we have to set very clearly what are the actionable items that we’ve already identified that we know can get done if we have the political will to do them, and let’s go ahead and get them done so that in 2016 we can report out that we have made extraordinary progress and achieved many of the benchmarks and targets that we had set at the very first Nuclear Security Summit. In other words, I think it is important for us not to relax, but rather accelerate our efforts over the next two years, sustain momentum so that we finish strong in 2016.

    For more: http://www.nss2016.org

    • August 10, 2015

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

      Two years ago, in Berlin, the President formally announced his plan to host a fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit in 2016. The Summit will be held March 31-April 1, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

      As the President stated in his speech in Prague in 2009, nuclear terrorism is the most immediate and extreme threat to global security. He announced an international effort to secure vulnerable nuclear materials, break up black markets, and detect and intercept illicitly trafficked materials. The first Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington, D.C. in 2010, and was followed by additional Summits in Seoul in 2012, and The Hague in 2014. These Summits achieved tangible improvements in the security of nuclear materials and stronger international institutions that support nuclear security.

      The Summit will continue discussion on the evolving threat and highlight steps that can be taken together to minimize the use of highly-enriched uranium, secure vulnerable materials, counter nuclear smuggling and deter, detect, and disrupt attempts at nuclear terrorism. The United States seeks a strengthened global nuclear security architecture that is comprehensive, is based on international standards, builds confidence in nations’ nuclear security implementation, and results in declining global stocks of nuclear weapons-usable materials. We cannot afford to wait for an act of nuclear terrorism before working together to collectively raise our standards for nuclear security.

    • WP Op-Ed by Pres. Obama: How we can make our vision of a world without nuclear weapons a reality

      3/30/16 Barack Obama – WashingtonPost

      Of all the threats to global security and peace, the most dangerous is the proliferation and potential use of nuclear weapons. That’s why, seven years ago in Prague, I committed the United States to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and to seeking a world without them. This vision builds on the policies of presidents before me, Democrat and Republican, including Ronald Reagan, who said “we seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.”

      Thursday in Washington, I’ll welcome more than 50 world leaders to our fourth Nuclear Security Summit to advance a central pillar of our Prague Agenda: preventing terrorists from obtaining and using a nuclear weapon. We’ll review our progress, such as successfully ridding more than a dozen countries of highly enriched uranium and plutonium. Nations, including the United States, will make new commitments, and we’ll continue strengthening the international treaties and institutions that underpin nuclear security.

      Given the continued threat posed by organizations such as the terrorist group we call ISIL, or ISIS, we’ll also join allies and partners in reviewing our counterterrorism efforts, to prevent the world’s most dangerous networks from obtaining the world’s most dangerous weapons.

      Beyond preventing nuclear terrorism, we’ve made important progress toward the broader vision I outlined in Prague.

      For more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obama-how-we-can-make-our-vision-of-a-world-without-nuclear-weapons-a-reality/2016/03/30/3e156e2c-f693-11e5-9804-537defcc3cf6_story.html

    • March 31, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama, President Park Geun-Hye of the Republic of Korea, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan After Trilateral Meeting

      Walter E. Washington Convention Center
      Washington, D.C.

      11:51 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a pleasure to host President Park of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Abe of Japan, two of our closest allies in Asia, two of my closest friends and collaborators on the international stage. We are bound together by treaty, by trade, and by the enduring bonds between our peoples.

      We share common values and a common vision for the future of the Asia Pacific — a vision that is rooted in our strong commitment to a rules-based order, one in which all countries, regardless of size, act according to shared norms and shared principles.

      Because of the topic of this summit, the Nuclear Security Summit, it’s not surprising that one of the topics most on our minds is the issue of North Korea. And we are united in our efforts to deter and defend against North Korean provocations. We recognize that our security is linked, that we have to work together to meet this challenge. And we also recognize that it is important to the entire international community to vigilantly enforce the strong U.N. security measures that were passed in light of some of the ballistic missile and nuclear activity that Pyongyang has been engaging in.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/31/remarks-president-obama-president-park-geun-hye-republic-korea-and-prime

    • March 31, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China Before Bilateral Meeting

      Walter E. Washington Convention Center
      Washington, D.C.

      2:24 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to welcome President Xi back to Washington. As I’ve said before, the United States welcomes the rise of a peaceful, stable, and prosperous China, working with us to address global challenges. And I have been committed throughout my administration to working effectively with China on a whole range of issues and have developed a frank and effective level of communications cooperation with President Xi as we seek to expand cooperation between our countries and narrow our differences.

      The United States and China have established a relationship when it comes to nuclear security, and that includes China’s new Nuclear Security Center of Excellence. I believe we can deepen our cooperation, including against nuclear smuggling.

      Of great importance to both of us is North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, which threatens the security and stability of the region. And President Xi and I are both committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and full implementation of U.N. sanctions. So we’re going to discuss how we can discourage action like nuclear missile tests that escalate tensions and violate international obligations.

      I’m also very pleased that today we’re announcing new steps to accelerate implementation of the historic Paris climate change agreement. Our cooperation and our joint statements were critical in arriving at the Paris agreement, and our two countries have agreed that we will not only sign the agreement on the first day possible, but we’re committing to formally join it as soon as possible this year. And we urge other countries to do the same.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/31/remarks-president-obama-and-president-xi-peoples-republic-china

      • ReleaseMarch 31, 2016

        U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change

        1. Over the past three years, climate change has become a pillar of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship.

        2. Today, the two Presidents announce another significant step in their joint climate efforts.

        3. The Presidents recognize that the Paris Agreement marks a global commitment to tackling climate change and a strong signal of the need for a swift transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies.

        4. Finally, the Presidents commit to taking concrete steps to implement the commitments they made in their September 2015 Joint Statement to use public resources to finance and encourage the transition toward low carbon technologies as a priority.

        5. The joint efforts by China and the United States on climate change will serve as an enduring legacy of the partnership between our two countries.

        For the entire statement: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/31/us-china-joint-presidential-statement-climate-change

    • March 31, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France After Bilateral Meeting

      Walter E. Washington Convention Center
      Washington, D.C.

      5:10 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to welcome my dear friend and partner in so many issues, President Hollande of France, and his delegation.

      This is obviously an occasion in which we are deeply concerned about nuclear security, making sure that nuclear materials don’t fall into the hands of terrorists, but in the wake of the Brussels attack, with our memories of the tragedy in Paris, we have not only great urgency around the nuclear issue but eliminating generally the scourge of terrorism.

      And we are continuing to deepen the partnership with France around counterterrorism efforts. We’ve made some significant strides around information-sharing. President Hollande has been a leader in helping to galvanize the European community around the necessity to be more effective in transatlantic exchanges of information and rooting out foreign fighters, identifying potential attacks, cutting off financing. And so this has been a very useful exchange in terms of examining the progress that had been made by our teams and where we still have to push a little bit harder.

      We’re both absolutely committed to the destruction of ISIL, and France has been a key coalition partner in our efforts in Iraq and Syria. So we had an overview of the progress that’s been made on the campaign and some of the strategic decisions that have to be made in the coming months to make sure that we build on the progress that we’ve seen in reducing ISIL’s territory and putting them back on their heels.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/31/remarks-president-obama-and-president-hollande-france-after-bilateral

    • David Cameron & François Hollande Reflect on the Nuclear Security Summit (March 31, 2016)

      Published on Apr 1, 2016

    • 7:15 PM EDT
      President Obama holds a working dinner with heads of delegations at the Nuclear Security Summit
      The White House

    • April 01, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama at the P5+1 Meeting

      Walter E. Washington Convention Center
      Washington, D.C.

      10:08 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here with our P5+1 partners, the European Union, and Director General Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Because of the nations that are represented here today, we achieved a historic deal to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And today is an opportunity to review progress as that deal continues to be implemented.

      Our work together is a key part of the comprehensive agenda that I outlined in Prague seven years ago — stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and seeking the long-term vision of a world without them. That included strengthening the global regime that prevents the spread of nuclear weapons. And one of the greatest tests of that regime was Iran’s nuclear program. After nearly two years of intensive negotiations, backed by strong sanctions, the countries represented in this room achieved what decades of animosity and rhetoric did not — a long-term deal that closes off every possible path to building a nuclear weapon, and subjects Iran to the most comprehensive nuclear inspections ever negotiated.

      And thanks to this deal, we have seen real progress. Already, Iran has dismantled two-thirds of its installed centrifuges. Iran has shipped 98 percent of its enriched uranium stockpile out of Iran. Iran has removed the Arak reactor core and filled it with concrete. If Iran were to cheat, the breakout time to build a nuclear weapon has gone from two to three months to about a year.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/01/remarks-president-obama-p51-meeting

    • April 01, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Rutte at Opening Session of the Nuclear Security Summit

      Walter E. Washington Convention Center
      Washington, D.C.

      10:17 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. It is my privilege to welcome you to Washington and to formally convene our fourth Nuclear Security Summit. I convened our first summit — six years ago, in this same room — because the danger of a terrorist group obtaining and using a nuclear weapon is one of the greatest threats to global security.

      Our nations committed ourselves to action — concrete, tangible steps to secure the world’s vulnerable nuclear materials. And we continued our work at our summits in Seoul and The Hague. I want to, again, thank our friends from the Republic of Korea and the Netherlands for their leadership on this critical issue.

      Back at our first summit, I quoted Albert Einstein. At the dawn on the nuclear age, he said, “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything.” And he added, “A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive.” Over the past six years, when it comes to nuclear security, we’ve embraced a new type of thinking — and a new type of action. This is a perfect example of a 21st century security challenge that no one nation can solve alone. It requires coalitions and sustained coordination across borders and institutions. And the good news is we’ve made significant progress.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/01/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-rutte-opening-session-nuclear

    • 1:00 PM ET
      President Obama joins Heads of Delegation for the Nuclear Security Summit
      Family Photo
      Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

    • 1:30 PM ET
      President Obama attends a Nuclear Security Summit Working Lunch: International and Institutional Actions to Strengthen NuclearSecurity
      Walter E. Washington Convention Center

    • April 01, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama at the Closing Session of the Nuclear Security Summit

      REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

      AT CLOSING SESSION OF THE

      NUCLEAR SECURITY SUMMIT

      Walter E. Washington Convention Center

      Washington, D.C.

      3:55 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. If we could get started. If everybody could take their seats, please.

      Just to summarize where we’ve been, in the morning session we discussed the extensive and impressive national action steps that many of us have taken, and the collective efforts that we’ve made to reduce the amount of nuclear material that might be accessible to terrorists around the world.

      During lunch, we focused on international institutions. And I was heartened by our collective commitment to ensure that the IAEA, Interpol, the United Nations, and the various coalitions that have formed are properly resourced and supported by various nation states in order for them to be able to carry out the ongoing work that will be required to ensure that the commitments and pledges and practices that we have put into place during the course of these Nuclear Security Summits carry forward.

      This afternoon’s session turns the focus on the terrorist networks themselves. It tells us the possible consequences of terrorists obtaining and using a weapon of mass destruction. Fortunately, as I said this morning, no terrorist group has yet succeeded in getting their hands on a nuclear device. Our work here will help ensure that we’re doing everything possible to prevent that.

      This is also an opportunity for our nations to remain united and focused on the most active terrorist network at the moment, and that is ISIL. A majority of the nations here are part of the global coalition against ISIL. A number of our countries have been targeted by ISIL attacks. Just about all of our nations have seen citizens join ISIL in Syria and Iraq. So this is a threat to us all.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/01/remarks-president-obama-closing-session-nuclear-security-summit

    • April 01, 2016

      Press Conference by President Obama, 4/1/2016

      Walter E. Washington Convention Center
      Washington, D.C.

      6:09 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening, everybody. I want to begin by thanking the people of Washington, D.C. for hosting us, especially for putting up with more than 50 motorcades. And I will make one promise to the people of this city — I will not hold another one of these summits in another six years. (Laughter.)

      I want to thank everyone who participated in our meetings — more than 50 leaders from every region of the world and key international organizations. As at our previous summits, we didn’t just come here to talk, but we came here to act. I know that the very technical nature of nuclear security doesn’t always make for flashy headlines. But over the past six years, we have made significant, meaningful progress in securing the world’s nuclear material so that it never falls into the hands of terrorists. And I want to take a few moments to step back and lay out exactly what we have accomplished.

      Together, we have removed the world’s most deadly materials from nuclear facilities around the world. With Japan’s announcement today, we’ve now removed or secured all the highly enriched uranium and plutonium from more than 50 facilities in 30 countries — more than 3.8 tons, which is more than enough to create 150 nuclear weapons. That’s material than will never fall into the hands of terrorists.

      Fourteen nations and Taiwan — countries as diverse as Argentina and Chile, to Libya and Turkey, to Serbia and Vietnam — have now rid themselves entirely of highly enriched uranium and plutonium. In particular, I want to point out again that successfully removing all of Ukraine’s highly enriched uranium four years ago meant that the very difficult situation in Ukraine over the past two years was not made even more dangerous by the presence of these materials.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/01/press-conference-president-obama-412016

    • April 02, 2016

      Weekly Address: Securing the World from Nuclear Terrorism

      Remarks of President Barack Obama as Delivered
      Weekly Address
      The White House
      April 2, 2016

      Hi, everybody. This week, I’m speaking to you from our Nuclear Security Summit. I welcomed more than 50 leaders from around the world to make sure we’re working together to meet one of the greatest threats to global security—terrorists getting their hands on a weapon of mass destruction, like a nuclear weapon.

      Fortunately, because of our efforts so far, no terrorist group has yet succeeded in obtaining a nuclear device or producing a dirty bomb using radioactive materials. But we know that al Qaeda has tried. ISIL has already used chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq. And if they ever got hold of a nuclear weapon or nuclear material, we have no doubt they’d use it.

      That’s why we’ve been leading a global effort to secure the world’s nuclear materials. And with summits like this, we’ve made important progress. Working with other nations, we have removed or secured enough nuclear material for more than 150 nuclear weapons—material that will now never fall into the hands of terrorists.

      All of South America is now free of these deadly materials. Central Europe and Southeast Asia are on track to be free of them later this year. That means that as terrorists and criminal gangs look around for the deadly ingredients for a nuclear device, vast regions of the world are now off limits. This is a remarkable achievement. And at this summit, we pledged to keep up our efforts to prevent the world’s most deadly networks from obtaining the world’s most deadly weapons.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address

  3. Analyst: Trump’s Isolationist Views Would Remove ‘Pillar of World Stability’

    March 31, 2016 5:55 PM Cindy Saine – VOAnews

    WASHINGTON—
    Deploring the raw deal he believes the U.S. is getting from the framework of international alliances forged after World War II, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is vowing to make major changes if he is elected president in November.

    If he were to follow through, analysts say, he would bring about a "revolution" in U.S. foreign policy.

    Trump says the United States is a nation with crumbling infrastructure that can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman. On Wednesday, he disparaged the Geneva Conventions, which he says make U.S. troops "afraid" to fight. At a recent CNN town hall meeting, he challenged another bedrock alliance:

    "Let me tell you, NATO is obsolete. It was 67 years, or it's over 60 years old. It is — many countries, doesn't cover terrorism, OK? It covers the Soviet Union, which is no longer in existence. And NATO has to either be rejiggered, changed for the better," he said. "I'm not saying — the other thing that's bad about NATO, we're paying too much. We're spending a tremendous — billions and billions of dollars on NATO."

    Foreign policy expert Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution, a Washington public policy research group, said Trump’s comments belittling NATO and others about the U.S. “paying too much” for Japan's and South Korea’s security were not just casual remarks, but reflected passionate views he has held for decades.

    For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/analyst-trump-isolationist-views-remove-pillar-world-stability/3263557.html

  4. WH

    Friday, April 1, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:45 AM
    Vice President Biden hosts President Michelle Bachelet of Chile
    The Naval Observatory

    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    President Obama meets with members of the P5+1
    Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

    11:00 AM
    President Obama chairs the Opening Plenary Session of the Nuclear Security Summit: National Actions to Enhance Nuclear Security
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    President Obama joins Heads of Delegation for the Nuclear Security Summit
    Family Photo
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

    1:30 PM
    President Obama attends a Nuclear Security Summit Working Lunch: International and Institutional Actions to Strengthen NuclearSecurity
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:45 PM
    President Obama attends a Nuclear Security Summit Scenario-Based Policy Discussion and Closing Remarks
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:45 PM
    President Obama delivers the Closing Press Briefing of the Nuclear Security Summit
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  5. Payrolls in U.S. Increased 215,000 in March as Wages Picked Up

    April 1, 2016 — 5:30 AM PDT Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Employment in the U.S. climbed and wages picked up in March, signs of labor-market durability in the face of lethargic global growth.

    The 215,000 gain in payrolls followed a revised 245,000 February advance, a Labor Department report showed Friday. Average hourly earnings increased 0.3 percent from a month earlier, while the jobless rate crept up to 5 percent as more people entered the labor force.

    A still-robust pace of job creation represents a vote of confidence by employers that the U.S. will hold up against an anemic global economic backdrop. Additional tightening in the labor market that sparks bigger pay gains for American workers may convince Federal Reserve policy makers that the economy is more insulated to weakness overseas.

    “We’ve been through some rough patches, but we continue to generate a lot of jobs,” said Ward McCarthy, chief financial economist at Jefferies LLC in New York, who correctly forecast the gain in payrolls. “In a consumer-driven economy, that’s going to keep us headed in the right direction.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-01/payrolls-in-u-s-increased-215-000-in-march-as-wages-picked-up

  6. Manufacturing in U.S. Expands for First Time in Seven Months

    April 1, 2016 — 7:00 AM PDT Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Manufacturing expanded in March for the first time in seven months, fueled by a surge in orders that signals American factories are emerging from their worst slump since the last recession.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s index climbed to 51.8 from 49.5 in February, figures from the Tempe, Arizona-based group showed Friday. It was the first time since August that the gauge exceeded 50, the dividing line between growth and contraction.

    Factory bookings were the strongest since November 2014 and a measure of production reached a 10-month high as companies made further progress getting inventories in line with sales. The outlook for manufacturing is a bit brighter following a recent recovery in commodities prices and a tempering of the dollar’s strength.

    “There are signs that the industry is turning up,” Stan Shipley, an economist at Evercore ISI in New York, said before the report. “Businesses have been reducing inventory, so we’re getting near the end of that cycle. There are pockets of strength.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-01/manufacturing-in-u-s-expands-for-first-time-in-seven-months

  7. On the Clock: Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

    Published on May 9, 2013

    Director of the National Economic Council, Gene Sperling, breaks down the importance of the President’s efforts to create more manufacturing innovation hubs and the progress that is being made towards the goals he outlined in his State of the Union address.

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    Materials Innovation for the 21st Century

    JANUARY 14, 2013 AT 10:57 AM ET BY CYRUS WADIA

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/14/materials-innovation-21st-century

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    December 11, 2014

    FACT SHEET: President Obama Launches Competitions for New Manufacturing Innovation Hubs and American Apprenticeship Grants

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/11/fact-sheet-president-obama-launches-competitions-new-manufacturing-innov

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    April 01, 2016

    FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces New Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Cambridge, MA and New Report on $2 Billion in Manufacturing R&D Investments

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/01/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-new-revolutionary-fibers-and

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