Mar 15

Past Event

Present Meets Future: Evolving Defense Paradigms


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On March 15, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings hosted its third annual Military and Federal Fellow Research Symposium, featuring the independent research produced by the fellows from each military service and federal agencies, who have spent the last year serving at think tanks and universities across the nation. Organized by the fellows themselves, the symposium provided a platform for building greater awareness of the cutting-edge work that America’s military and governmental leaders are producing on key policy issues.

The theme of this symposium was “Present Meets Future: Evolving Defense Paradigms.” Panel discussions focused on fellows’ independent research findings in the areas of international engagement strategy, China’s global influence, terrorism and counterinsurgency, and Department of Defense reforms. Lieutenant General Christopher Miller, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, U.S. Air Force, delivered opening remarks. Major General FHR Howes OBE, head of British Defense Staff (USA) and Defense Attaché, delivered a lunchtime keynote address on leadership.

Event Agenda

  • 9:30 AM -- Opening Remarks

    • Lieutenant General Christopher D. Miller

      Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs

      U.S. Air Force

  • 10:10 AM -- Panel 1: Constrained Budgets and International Partnering Plans

    • Moderator

    • Captain Scott Clendenin (USCG)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      “Networking Maritime Security in Central America: How to Better Link with the Region’s Maritime Security Services in Combined Operations at Sea”

    • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur “Dwight” Davis (USAF)

      National Defense Fellow for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Naval Postgraduate School

      “The Regional SOF Headquarters: Franchising the NATO Model as a Hedge in Lean Times”

    • Commander Mike Hannan (USN)

      Federal Executive Fellow, Atlantic Council

      “Punching Above Their Weight: How Four Small European Navies Can Support American Strategic Rebalance”

  • 11:25 AM -- Panel 2: Pushing Boundaries—Engaging China Outside of Asia

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Kenneth Lieberthal
    • Lieutenant Colonel Eduardo Abisellan (USMC)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      “China in the Middle East: The Emerging CENTCOM Challenge”

    • Lieutenant Commander Audry Oxley (USN)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      “Dragon Training: Collaboration Between the USN and PLA(N) in the Western Hemisphere”

  • 12:45 PM -- Lunchtime Keynote

    • Major General FHR Howes OBE

      Head of British Defense Staff (USA) and Defense Attaché

      British Embassy, Washington

  • 1:35 PM -- Panel 3: Terrorism and Counterinsurgency Beyond 2012

    • Moderator

      Noah Shachtman
    • Randall Blake (National Counterterrorism Center)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      “Next Chapter of Global Jihad: New Realities Trumping Old 9/11 Paradigms”

    • Colonel Erik Goepner (USAF)

      Military Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

      “Battered Spouse Syndrome: How to Better Understand Afghan Behavior”

    • Lieutenant Colonel Krystal Murphy (USAF)

      Air Force Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory

      “Bioterror Bedlam: A (Much Needed) Framework For Risk Assessment, Planning and Prioritizing”

  • 2:50 PM -- Panel 4: Opportunities Within DoD in an Age of Austerity

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Michael O'Hanlon
    • Colonel Lourdes Duvall (USAF)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      “Be Quick, Be Useable, Be on Time: Lessons in Agile Delivery of Analytic Tools”

    • Colonel Karl Gingrich (USA)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      “Making It Personnel: The Need for Military Compensation Reform”

    • Colonel David Trybula (USA)

      Army Fellow, Institute for Defense Analyses

      “’Big Five’ Lessons for Today and Tomorrow”


March 15, 2012

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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