Our events bring leaders and thinkers together for the best public discussions of national security. 

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The New Era of Land Warfare

Registration & agenda October 13, 2015 / Washington, D.C.

In this new era after a decade of large wars, U.S. ground forces are engaged around the globe in smaller-scale counterterrorism and training and advising missions. But the U.S. military still must be ready for a large scale commitment of ground troops. How can they prepare for both?

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe
Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow and Director of the 20YY Warfare Initiative, Center for a New American Security
Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One

Defense One Summit

Registration / Agenda (coming soon) / November 2, 2015 / Washington, D.C.

This year’s edition will gather top leaders and thinkers from DoD and beyond to talk about national security in the Age of Everything — when threats big and small require unprecedented innovation and flexibility. Stay tuned for registration, agenda, and speaker lists.

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State of Defense Acquisition

Registration & agenda October 6, 2015 / Arlington, Va.

DOD acquisition head Frank Kendall will unveil highlights from the third annual performance report that charts the progress of these efforts. The report will guide the course of future acquisition reforms long-term investments in areas including cybersecurity, big data, advanced computing, robotics, and other areas defense leaders believe will give the U.S. technological superiority for decades to come.

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Dr. William A. Laplante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition)
Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology)

Veterans: The New Battleground

Registration & agenda / September 29, 2015 / Washington, D.C.

Defense One and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America will once again team up to produce “Veterans: The New Battleground,” an event featuring top leaders and experts on the most urgent issues facing veterans. This event will continue dialogue and drill down into impact areas affecting veterans.

Big Data: Anticipating the Next DOD Insider Threats

Agenda & Details / July 16, 2015 / Arlington, Va.

Patricia Larsen, Co-Director of the National Insider Threat Task Force
Mark Nehmer, Deputy Chief, Implementation, DoD Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center, Defense Security Service
Carrie Wibben, Director, Security Policy and Oversight Division, OUSD(I)

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Force of the Future: Recruitment, Retention & Readiness

Agenda & Details / June 9, 2015 / Pentagon City, Va.

Brad Carson, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Vice Adm. Bill Moran, Chief of Naval Personnel
Roy Wallace, Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel;
Paige Hinkle-Bowles, Deputy assistant Defense Secretary for civilian personnel policy.

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Carson’s June 8 op-ed at Defense One: “How We’re Planning the Biggest Personnel Overhaul in 45 Years,”

Leadership Briefing Breakfast: Navy Secretary Ray Mabus

Agenda and details / May 20, 2015  / Arlington, Va.

Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy

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Leadership Briefing Breakfast: Air Force Chief Gen. Mark Welsh

Agenda and details / April 22, 2015 / Washington, D.C.

Gen. Mark Welsh, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

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Big Data for Defense: Viewcast

May 12, 2015 / Washington, D.C.

Paul Cohen, Program Manager, DARPA
Jason Matheny, Associate Director, Office for Anticipating Surprise (OAS), IARPA,

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Defense One Summit 2014

Agenda, details, and video / November 19, 2014 / Washington, D.C.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff;
Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army;
Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations;
and many more.

Defense One Summit 2013

Agenda, details, and video from the sessions. / November 14, 2013 / Washington, D.C.

Chuck Hagel, U.S. Defense Secretary;
Eric Fanning, acting U.S. Air Force Secretary;
Arati Prabhakar, DARPA Director;
and many more.

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