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Defense Challenges and Future Opportunities

On March 26, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings hosted its first annual Military and Federal Fellow Research Symposium, featuring the independent and cutting-edge research produced by members of each military service and select federal agencies during their time in think tanks and academia. Organized by the fellows themselves, the symposium provided a greater awareness of the valuable policy work our defense leaders are producing at think tanks and research institutions across the nation.

The theme of this first symposium was “Defense Challenges and Future Opportunities.” Following a keynote address by Lieutenant General John M. Paxton Jr., director of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Staff and a former federal executive fellow at Brookings, panel discussions focused on the fellows’ independent research findings in the areas of irregular warfare, acquisition and logistics, alliance warfare, and manpower and infrastructure challenges.

After each panel, participants took audience questions.

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Panel I: Irregular Threats

Panel II: Acquisition and Logistics

Panel III: Alliance Warfare

Panel IV: Manpower and Readiness



Peter W. Singer

Former Brookings Expert

Strategist and Senior Fellow - New America

Keynote Address

Panel 1: Irregular Threats

Panel 2 (Lunch): Acquisition and Logistics

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