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Securing America’s Future in the New “Interwar Years”

Past Event

Securing America's Future in the New "Interwar Years" - Part 1

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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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"

Panel 1: Emerging Strategies for a Changing World


Cmdr. Gregory Knepper (USN)

Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution - "Ensuring Air Power Reach and Persistence in the Future Operating Environment"


Col. Joshua C. Burgess (USAF)

Visiting National Defense Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy - "No Time to Snooze: Countering the Extremist Awakening"

Panel 2: Enduring Regional Challenges


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"

Panel 4: Shaping the Force of the Future


Maj. Matt Burris (USAF)

Strategic Policy Fellow, Department of Justice - "Thinking Slow About Sexual Assault in the Military"

Panel 3: Unmanned Systems: More Services, More Domains


Col. Ryoji Shirai (JASDF)

International Security Fellow, The Brookings Institution - "Incorporating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles into the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force"


Cmdr. Tom King (USCG)

Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution - "Department of Homeland Security's Acquisition of Unmanned Aerial Systems"

Keynote Address


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