25th US Army War College Strategy Conference.

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25th Annual Strategy Conference

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Balancing the Joint Force to Meet Future Security Challenges

From April 8-10, 2014, the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) hosts its 25th Annual Strategy Conference in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Annual Strategy Conference is the USAWC's flagship event for the thoughtful examination of key strategic issues confronting our target audience of senior civilian and uniformed leaders in the Department of Defense (DoD). The War College is deeply honored to explore this year's topic in close partnership with the Joint Staff's Joint Force Development Directorate (J-7). Our partnership with J-7 stems from an overarching conference objective to tackle the most important questions impacting the capability and capacity of future U.S. and allied military forces worldwide.

This year's conference theme — itself a joint collaboration with J-7 — is "Balancing the Joint Force to Meet Future Security Challenges." The conference will bring into one venue competing ideas on two important questions. First, what are the most important military demands for U.S. and allied and joint forces through the current decade and second, how should they prepare to meet them? We will proceed from an acknowledgement that the use of military forces will change as a consequence of thirteen years of continuous military operations, fewer material resources, changing threat perceptions, and new levels of discrimination in the conduct of foreign and security policy. In this context, the conference seeks to help our target audience identify and prioritize future military demands and requirements worldwide.

This year's conference features four keynote addresses by prominent national security leaders from the United States and abroad. They were selected based both on their unique insights into the last decade's most important defense-relevant lessons and their perspective on the salient threats, challenges and opportunities that are likely to shape military forces and operations through the forthcoming decade. Among our invited keynotes are current Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno, President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard N. Haass, and former Deputy Commander, Multi-National Forces — Iraq and Director of British Special Forces Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb.

Our keynote presentations will provide essential context for a series of panels undertaken in collaboration with five notable institutions representing a wide spectrum of perspectives on American national security affairs. They include the National Intelligence Council, the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, the University of Pittsburgh's Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for Naval Analyses. Panel discussions will examine important Joint Force insights in the context of the global security and decision making environments, specific regional challenges, service roles and missions; and the key characteristics of the most effective future Joint Force. In addition to the expertise of these flagship institutions and the USAWC, the panels will benefit from a wide variety of policy-relevant voices representing the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the British Ministry of Defence, National Defense University, the Center for a New American Security, the Cato Institute, and the American Foreign Policy Council among others.

We believe this year's Strategy Conference is a must-attend event for scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, and informed citizens. In addition to deep exploration of key issues by our distinguished speakers and panelists, extensive question and answer periods will offer the audience a rare opportunity to engage directly with important voices on future defense and military affairs. Augmenting physical conference attendance, a live webcast and dedicated Twitter feed will offer viewers worldwide the opportunity to participate in the conversation. We hope you will join us for this high-impact event. Mark it down on your calendars and sign up today.

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About the Conference
Each year, approximately two hundred participants engage in collegial debate concerning some of the most pressing and perplexing national security issues of the day. Panels are comprised of three to five distinguished experts who frame the discussion and facilitate a spirited Q&A session. The event is open to the public and all are invited to attend.
Conference Fees
While all attendees must register, the conference is free to attend. Optional catered social events require a paid reservation. For additional information, please see the conference registration page.
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