Watch It Again: CNAS / Defense One National Security Forum

A forum explores global defense trends, the Pentagon's strategic choices, and options for strengthening the All-Volunteer Force.

The first National Security Forum presented by CNAS and Defense One, themed ”Setting the Next Defense Agenda,” gathered leaders and experts from government, industry, and think-tanks to explore global defense trends, the key strategic choices facing the Pentagon, and how to strengthen America’s defense.

Schedule and Speakers


9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2015, at the JW Marriott Hotel (Ballroom Level / 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW / Washington, DC 20004)

9:00–9:55 AM             MORNING KEYNOTE

  • Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work

9:55–10:40 AM           THE FUTURE OF GROUND WARFARE

  • General Mark Milley, Army Chief of Staff
  • Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow, CNAS


  • Michèle Flournoy, CEOCNAS
  • Jamie Morin, Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense-Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
  • Darryl Davis, President, Boeing Phantom Works
  • Ben FitzGerald, Director of the Technology and National Security Program, CNAS
  • Loren DeJonge Schulman, Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow, CNAS

11:25–12:10 PM         AGENDA FOR DEFENSE REFORM

  • Marcus Weisgerber, Global Business Reporter, Defense One
  • Phillip Carter, Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program, CNAS
  • Stephen Ondra, Chief Medical Officer, Health Care Service Corporation
  • Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • General Craig R. McKinley (USAF, Ret.), President and CEO, National Defense Industrial Association

12:10–12:25 PM         LUNCH IS SERVED 


  • Jerry Hendrix, Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

1:10–2:05 PM             AFTERNOON KEYNOTE

  • General Joseph Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

2:05–2:35 PM             MOVIE PREVIEW: CITIZEN SOLDIER  

2:35–3:30 PM             NETWORKING RECEPTION  

Please note: the forum is on-the-record, but conversation during lunch with other attendees is off-the-record. For questions about the Forum, please contact Neal Urwitz at or 202-457-9409.

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