A CONVERSATION WITH GEN. DANIEL R. HOKANSON, CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
Battlefront: Homeland Readiness
We have seen the National Guard top headlines in 2020 and spark debate over the military's role in domestic affairs.
General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief, National Guard Bureau, joins us to discuss the role of the National Guard, its challenges and opportunities, and its national and global impacts.
General Hokanson is a four-star general in the United States Army, 29th chief of the National Guard Bureau, and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Moderated by Major General Francis J. Evon, Jr., Adjutant General of the Connecticut National Guard.
TUESDAY | SEPT. 29
2:00PM - 2:45PM (ET)
THE WORLD: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
WITH DR. RICHARD HAASS, PRESIDENT,
COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
Battlefront: Securing An Interconnected World
In a time in which many of our biggest challenges come from the world beyond our borders, Dr. Richard Haass joins us to discuss how we can navigate and secure an increasingly connected world.
Moderated by Bradley Akubuiro, Chief Spokesperson & Sr. Director of Global Media Relations, Boeing.
Read more about Dr. Richard Haass' latest book, The World: A Brief Introduction and order your copy here.
WEDNESDAY | SEPT. 30
Battlefront: Foreign Policy
Ambassador Kurt Volker, leading expert in U.S. foreign and national security policy, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations from 2017-2019, and US Ambassador to NATO in 2008-2009, sits down for a fireside chat with Luke Knittig, Senior Director of Communications, McCain Institute for International Leadership.
Brew your morning coffee, join in the conversation, and discuss the path ahead for U.S. foreign policy with a leader with over three decades of experience on the frontlines of diplomacy.
12:00PM - 1:00PM (ET)
U.S. SECURITY ALLIANCES PANEL
U.S. allies convene for a panel discussion of their respective nations priorities for international coalitions and what they want from the U.S. as a partner in global security. Featuring Major General Paul Ormsby, Canadian Defence Attaché to the U.S.; Major General Andrew Freeman, Australian Defence Attaché to the U.S.; Commodore David Gibbs, New Zealand Defence Attaché to the U.S.; and Dr. Peter Abbott, British Consul General to New England.
3:00PM - 3:45PM (ET)
Battlefront: Future Threats and Opportunities
What is the number one global security threat the U.S. and world will confront in the coming years? What is the single greatest opportunity before us to advance security around the world?
Join Dr. Asha George, Executive Director, Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, Kara Frederick, Fellow, Technology and National Security Program, Center for New American Security, Casimir Yost, Georgetown University, former Director of the Strategic Futures Group, NIC and get an inside look on the future conflicts, forces, and opportunities that will shape our world.
6:30PM - 7:30PM (ET)
Both of the U.S. presidential candidates have pledged to end America’s “forever wars” and bring U.S. combat troops home. Linda Robinson, an internationally known expert on the post-9/11 “long wars,” discusses the status of the current wars against terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and globally and explains the options for concluding America’s combat roles in these conflicts.
Linda Robinson has authored prize-winning and bestselling books on U.S. special forces, Iraq and Afghanistan. She is currently part of a RAND team that is assessing the five-year U.S. program to train Iraqi and Syrian partner forces to defeat the Islamic State.
Hosted by World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
2:00PM - 3:30PM (ET)
Much has changed in the world, but threats to our national security remain. The potential causes are many and varied - cybersecurity, weapons proliferation, terrorism, climate change, and acts by other nations and non-state actors, to name a few. What does the intelligence community need to guard against these threats, and what is reasonable to expect? Join us to hear former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper share his thoughts on these topics.
Hosted by the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council.
Global Security Forum attendees can receive 50% off full ticket price. Choose the nonmember ticket option and provide the discount code GSF2020 at checkout. Registration deadline: October 1 at 11:00am ET.
5:30PM - 7:00PM (ET)
LUMINARY AWARD 2020
Honoring Paul "Buddy" Bucha, Recipient of the Medal of Honor and featuring top U.S. military leaders in discussion on principled leadership, the next generation of leaders, and the future role of the U.S. in global security.
Featuring contributions from General David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.), General Lloyd Austin (U.S. Army, Ret.) and General Joseph Votel (U.S. Army, Ret.).
Tickets for members and non-members | $25.00
THURSDAY | OCT. 1
12:00PM - 12:45PM (ET)
Battlefront: High-Tech Warfare
Is the U.S. losing its military advantage?
Join Christian Brose, author of The Kill Chain, Head of Strategy at Anduril Industries and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to discuss why the U.S. urgently needs to modernize and adapt its battle network. In a future defined by artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and other emerging technologies, Christian argues that if the U.S. fails to modernize and innovate, it risks losing the next war.
Moderated by Lieutenant General Michael Moeller (USAF, Ret.), Pratt & Whitney Military Engines
FRIDAY | OCT. 2
12:00PM - 1:00PM (ET)
RENEW AMERICA TOGETHER
Battlefront: Civil Society
What impact does the polarization of U.S. civil society have on the world's security? How can we reckon with deep divisions within the U.S. in order to create a more united nation and secure world?
Join us to discuss these urgent questions and their implications for national and global security.
Featuring General Wesley Clark, (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.
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