27th US Army War College Strategy Conference.

Defense Choices for the Next Administration

A new U.S. administration will take office in January 2017. The new administration will face a broad range of challenges: an expansionist China, a resurgent and aggressive Russia, the continuing globalization of terrorism, an increasingly violent and unstable Middle East, and a socially and politically-fractured Europe. At home, domestic and global priorities and programs, to include defense spending, compete with an increasingly constrained national budget. Given our current commitments to security at home and abroad, in context with anticipated conditions and demands, it is appropriate to examine the broad range of national defense challenges the next administration will encounter.

The U.S. Army War College's Annual Strategy Conference for 2016 will take place on 27-28 April 2016. The format for this year's conference differs from that of previous conferences, which featured events hosted at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. This year, the conference is framed around four defense strategy panels, co-hosted with leading think tanks in Washington, D.C., over two days. A keynote presentation given at the U.S. Army War College will precede the first panel, and the last panel will be followed by closing comments also delivered at the USAWC. Our goal is to broaden the access afforded to our military, government, and public audiences by making all conference events available via real-time broadcast on the internet, and for later viewing through recorded webcasts.

Day 1 - Wednesday, April 27, 2016
0815-0930   Conference Opening: Major General William E. Rapp, Commandant U.S. Army War College
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gregory F. Treverton, Chairman of the National Intelligence Council
1000-1130   Panel #1: Alternate Defense Strategies
USAWC and the American Enterprise Institute (at AEI in Washington, D.C.)

Panel Members: Mr. Nathan Freier (Moderator), Associate Professor of National Security Studies, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute; Mr. Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security (CNAS); Mr. Thomas Donnelly, Resident Fellow and Co-director, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies American Enterprise Institute
1200-1300   U.S. Army War College National Security Research Project Panels
  • U.S.-China Competition in Indo-Asia-Pacific: Land Force Implications
1330-1500   Panel #2 Army Readiness: Fight Tonight and Fit for Tomorrow
USAWC and the Center for a New American Security (at CNAS in Washington, D.C)

Panel Members: Vago Muradian (Moderator), former editor, Defense News; former host, Defense News with Vago Muradian; MG Walt Piatt, Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, Army G-3/5/7; Mr. Daniel Feehan, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness); Dr. Andrew Hill, Professor USAWC; Ms. Katherine Kidder, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security
Day 2 - Thursday, April 28, 2016
0830-0930   Guest Speaker: Dr. Mathew J. Burrows; Director of the Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council
1000-1130   Panel #3: Deterrence in the 21st Century
USAWC and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (at CSIS in Washington, D.C.)

Panel Members: Dr. Kathleen Hicks (Moderator), Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Dr. Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, The Brookings Institution; Dr. Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Chair in Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Georgetown University; Mr. Nathan Freier, Associate Professor of National Security Studies, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute; Ms. Lisa Sawyer Samp, Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS
1330-1500   Panel #4: Future of U.S. Defense Alliances and Partnerships
USAWC and the Atlantic Council (at CSIS in Washington, D.C.)

Panel Members: LTG (Ret.) David W. Barno, USA (Moderator), Nonresident Senior Fellow for Military Affairs and National Security Policy, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council; Dr. Nora Bensahel, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University and Nonresident Fellow, Atlantic Council; Mr. Paul R.S. Gebhard, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, transatlantic security, European defense, the US role in Europe, and the future of NATO; Dr. Aaron Stein, Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East; Dr. Roger Cliff, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative, Atlantic Council.
1530-1630   Colloquium Closing
Guest Speaker: Dr. Eliot A. Cohen, the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies and Director of the Strategic Studies program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University.
Conference Agenda
About the Conference
Due to the change in our conference format for this year, we are unable to accommodate in-person general public participation in the events conducted at Carlisle Barracks. There is no registration needed to view conference events via the internet. Registration for in-person attendance of the defense panels in Washington, D.C. will be managed by our conference co-hosts. Instructions for registering to attend the panels will be posted in the coming days. Please register early since seating will be limited.
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Sponsors AEI CNAS CSIS Atlantic Council
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