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In addition to Defense Writers Group breakfasts, the Project organizes conversations for journalists with knowledgeable officials in a variety of settings.

Background Dinners

The Project stages occasional dinner conversations for journalists with a very senior Administration or intelligence official, on a background or "off-the-record" basis. These events are primarily designed for broadcast correspondents or opinion writers. Recent guests have included a senior cabinet officer and the directors of two U.S. intelligence agencies. 


The Project has held a number of brown bag 'background' lunch conversations with appropriate officials, for journalists specializing in coverage of cybersecurity.

Nuclear Weapons Issues

On Dec 12, 2019, the Project co-hosted with the MITRE Corporation a special seminar on nuclear weapons issues, featuring a panel of relevant senior military leaders and another panel with Dr Charles Verdon, the Deputy Administrator of the NNSA and representatives of the national nuclear laboratories. The seminar covered issues related to the Trump Administration's plans to entirely modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal. 

With special funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Project is also staging dinner discussions for journalists, with top experts on nuclear weapons issues. The first, held January 15, 2020 addressed the question: "Is Nuclear Arms Control Dead?". It featured Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy Secretary General of NATO, and Timothy Morrison, formerly a Senior White House Advisor on weapons of mass destruction to President Trump, during the period when John Bolton was National Security Advisor.


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