Deterrence Symposium held in Nevada

The two-day 2014 Deterrence Symposium, hosted by the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), began on Wednesday in La Vista, Nev.

The event, which brought together more than 500 industry, military, government and academic experts from around the world, focused on discussion and collaboration on global deterrence issues.

The symposium featured seven panels of exerts who answered questions and discussions regarding the evolution of strategic deterrence concepts, as well as the influence of emerging domains and capabilities on deterrence.

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander of USSTRATCOM, delivered the welcoming remarks at the event.

"We as a country must be able to deal with the broad spectrum of problems from a variety of different nation-states and actors," Haney said. "It is my job to make sure we have a safe, secure and effective strategic deterrent and I will continue, as well as the members of my command, to work toward that - both from the strategic nuclear capability as well as from a global strike perspective and conventional capability."

The theme of this year's event was "Exploring Deterrence Foundations."

USSTRATCOM is one of nine Department of Defense unified combat commands and is responsible for strategic deterrence, cyberspace operations, space operations and other technology-related fields.