Mar 12

Past Event

Securing America's Future in the New "Interwar Years"

Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence Fifth Annual Military and Federal Fellow Research Symposium

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The fifth annual Military and Federal Fellow Research Symposium, hosted by the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings, featured the independent research produced by the members of 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, it is intended to provide 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 “Securing America’s Future in the New Interwar Years,” reflecting post-Afghanistan security priorities, fiscal austerity and burgeoning challenges. Panel discussions focused on fellows’ independent research findings in the areas of emerging grand strategy, enduring regional issues, opportunities and challenges for unmanned systems and developing the force for the future. Dr. David Kilcullen, author and president of Caerus Associates, a global strategic design consulting firm, delivered opening remarks, and Lieutenant General Edward C. Cardon, commander U.S. Army Cyber Command, gave a keynote address.

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Event Agenda

  • 9:00 - 9:15


  • 9:15 - 10:00

    Opening Remarks: Out of the Mountains

    • David Kilcullen

      Founder and Chairman, Caerus Global Solutions

      Author, "Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of Urban Guerrillas"

  • 10:10 - 11:15

    Panel 1: Emerging Strategies for a Changing World

    • Moderator

      Director, Project on International Order and Strategy; Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy
    • Col. Kenneth P. Ekman (USAF)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      "Imposing Costs on America's Security Competitors"

    • Cmdr. Gregory Knepper (USN)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      "Ensuring Air Power Reach and Persistence in the Future Operating Environment"

    • Lt. Col. Kim Campbell (USAF)

      Air Force Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

      "Moving Towards a Regional Interagency Balance"

    • Col. Joshua C. Burgess (USAF)

      Visiting National Defense Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

      "No Time to Snooze: Countering the Extremist Awakening"

  • 11:25 - 12:10

    Keynote Address

    • Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon (USA)

      Commander, U.S. Army Cyber Command

  • 12:25 - 1:30

    Panel 2: Enduring Regional Challenges

    • Moderator

      Mackenzie Eaglen

      Resident Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies

      American Enterprise Institute

    • Cmdr. Tuan N. Pham (USN)

      Federal Executive Fellow, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

      "The US Rebalance Toward the Asia-Pacific Requires Brains As Well As Brawn"

    • Lt. Col. Jeff Moses (USMC)

      Student, Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

      "Trends and Implications of Korea's Military Balance"

    • Cmdr. Anthony Russell (USCG)

      Executive Fellow, RAND

      "Gulf of Guinea Piracy: Treat the Disease, Not the Symptoms"

  • 1:40 - 2:45

    Panel 3: Unmanned Systems: More Services, More Domains

    • Moderator

    • Col. Ryoji Shirai (JASDF)

      International Security Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      "Incorporating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles into the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force"

    • Cmdr. Robert DeBuse (USN)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      "Opportunities for Unmanned Undersea Systems"

    • Cmdr. Tom King (USCG)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      "Department of Homeland Security's Acquisition of Unmanned Aerial Systems"

  • 2:55 - 4:00

    Panel 4: Shaping the Force of the Future

    • Moderator

      Cynthia Watson

      Professor of Security

      National War College

    • Col. Johnnie Johnson (USA)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      "Army Readiness - A Model for a New Era"

    • Lt. Col. Aaron Marx (USMC)

      Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

      "Rethinking USMC Officer Force Development"

    • Maj. Matt Burris (USAF)

      Strategic Policy Fellow, Department of Justice

      "Thinking Slow About Sexual Assault in the Military"


March 12, 2014

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

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Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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