On March 27, the Brookings Institution’s Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology will resume holding its annual forum that convenes the federal executive fellows (FEFs) from military services and federal agencies that spend a year as scholars with the Foreign Policy program with other experts to reflect on some of the most critical issues facing the national security community.
This year’s forum will focus on the future of recruitment, retention, and education in the military and national security communities and on the importance of investing in personnel to maintain a competitive edge. The FEFs will host and moderate three panels and a keynote conversation with panelists from think tanks, academia, the private sector, and the U.S. military to discuss these matters and their role in national security in this era of great power competition.
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9:00 am - 9:05 amMichael E. O’Hanlon Director of Research - Foreign Policy, Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy
Panel 1: Education, recruiting, and retaining talent for the future intelligence community
9:05 am - 10:00 am
The first panel will consider the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for the next generation of intelligence officers in the United States and discuss whether continuing education helps retain a competent, engaged, and motivated workforce in the intelligence community.
PanelistJohn C. Gannon Former Assistant Director of Analysis and Production - Central Intelligence Agency, Former Chairman - National Intelligence Council
Panel 2: Recruiting talented people
10:05 am - 11:05 am
The second panel will assess limiting factors and practical solutions for recruiting talented people into the national security enterprise.
PanelistKatherine L. Kuzminski Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society (MVS) Program - Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
Panel 3: Retaining talented people
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Once personnel have been recruited into the national security enterprise, retention is essential. The third panel will focus on ways to meet the needs of the individuals and retain a robust military, civilian, and private sector workforce capable of ensuring national security.
PanelistMeredith Kleykamp Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology, Director of the Center for Research on Military Organization - University of MarylandHeidi Urben Professor of Practice and Director of External Education and Outreach - Georgetown University
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm