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Security Challenges During a Time of Transition

On March 13, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings hosted its fourth annual Military and Federal Fellow Research Symposium, featuring the independent research produced by the members of each military service and the federal agencies who have spent the last year serving at think tanks and universities across the nation. Organized by the fellows themselves, the symposium provides 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 “Security Challenges During a Time of Transition,” reflecting the war drawdowns, new fiscal realities, and upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review. Panel discussions focused on fellows’ independent research findings in the areas of military leadership, the composition and structure of military forces, an increasing reliance on technology, and emerging maritime challenges. Thomas E. Ricks, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, delivered opening remarks, and Dr. Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Agency, gave a keynote address.

Agenda

Opening Remarks: Welcome to Washington

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Thomas E. Ricks

Author, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today - Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Panel 1: The Next Generation of Military Leadership

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Commander Scott T. Farr (USN)

“Building 21st Century Leaders: Adaptive Leadership and the U.S. Navy’s Officer Fitness Report” - Former National Security Fellow, Harvard University

Panel 2: Force of the Future – Successful Personnel, Efficient Institutions

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Tim Kane

Chief Economist - Hudson Institute

Panel 3: Weighing Military Technology’s Opportunities and Vulnerabilities

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Commander Joseph E. Kramek (USCG)

“The Critical Infrastructure Gap: A Look at the Current State of Cybersecurity in U.S. Port Facilities” - Federal Executive Fellow, Brookings

Closing Remarks

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Commander Joseph E. Kramek (USCG)

“The Critical Infrastructure Gap: A Look at the Current State of Cybersecurity in U.S. Port Facilities” - Federal Executive Fellow, Brookings

Keynote Address

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Arati Prabhakar

“Driving Technology Surprise: DARPA’s Enduring Mission in a Changing World” - Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Lunch

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Arati Prabhakar

“Driving Technology Surprise: DARPA’s Enduring Mission in a Changing World” - Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Panel 4: Same Waters, New Missions: Adapting to Emerging Demands

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Captain Brian Penoyer (USCG)

“Maritime Governance: Aligning Civil Maritime Presence and Capability to Human Activity” - Military Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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