Our events bring leaders and thinkers together for the best public discussions of national security.
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The Next Level of Defense: Supporting Mission-Critical Decisions with Data
Tuesday, October 8, 2016 / CEB Waterview Conference Center / Washington, D.C.
In the midst of this “Big Data Era,” the military is collecting massive amounts of data from a growing pool of data silos, from social media and sensors to back office and financial systems. More data available means more information the Defense Department and other government agencies can pull from and analyze in order to drive the mission-critical decisions that affect an organization in its entirety - from the future of the workforce and personnel placement to the larger acquisitions process. How are military offices collecting, integrating, and using the available data, and what does the future look like when it comes to analytical decision-making?
During this event, Defense One and top big data experts will explore the use of analytics to gather insights that will ultimately affect acquisition, human resources, mission support and other operations that drive the U.S.’s greater national security strategy. We’ll take a look at the various ways agencies can harness data and analytics to build and maintain a strong defense workforce and determine the operational solutions that ensure mission success and continuous progress.
The Defense One Summit 2016
November 17, 2016 / Marriott Marquis / Washington, D.C.
At the 4th Annual Defense One Summit, global security leaders will gather to explore three themes — Crisis, Conflict, and Continuity — as the American presidency shifts to a new commander in chief.
As the war on terrorism rages on, senior officials will sit with national security journalists to discuss their views, goals, and predictions about a range of issues, from daily combat in Iraq to the grand-strategy games of the great powers, and the challenges of managing budgets, equipment, and people as they shift to a new administration.
Going Digital: The Modernization of Defense IT
September 28, 2016 / Ritz-Carlton / Alexandria, Va.
While Secretary Ash Carter’s controversial push to link the Department of Defense with the tech sector has forged the path of recreating defense information technology, a pivotal step in this IT transformation has been the push for digital - a prime example being the creation of the Defense Digital Service, led by some of the country’s top tech talent. The Defense Digital Service’s mission is “to drive game-changing evolution in the way DoD builds technology and digital services,” promoting a more agile and innovative organization.
During this event, we’ll talk with tech leaders at DDS and across the defense space to explore the work being done within the Defense Department to bring effective change through modernization efforts and harness promising technologies to tackle national security challenges.
Cocktails & Conversations: The Future of Global Missile Defense
August 15, 2016 / Embassy Suites / Huntsville, Ala.
Missile defense, whose early luster was dulled by difficult and expensive development, has at long last emerged as a functioning technology sought by militaries across the world. Battlefield successes and ever-increasing capabilities have given the defense industry a growth area and put missile defense at the center of every bilateral relationship the U.S. has with other countries.
At Defense One’s Cocktails and Conversations, come hear national security experts and leaders discuss the future of missile defense — from technologies and innovations to policies and budgets to current and future programs.
Air Force Leadership Briefing
July 26, 2016 / Watergate / Washington, D.C.
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James sits down with Defense One Global Business Editor Marcus Weisgerber to discuss the “Air Force in transition” beginning at 8:30 am ET, at The Watergate in Washington, D.C.
Defense One Tech Summit
June 10, 2016 / Newseum / Washington, D.C.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and some of the brightest minds in military and consumer technology discussing the future of innovation and national security at the Defense One Tech Summit on June 10.
Full line-up, agenda and video review, here.
Supporting the Warfighter: A Live Discussion
February 23, 2016 / Dayton, Ohio
The civilian workforce that supports U.S. warfighters is aging. How will the Pentagon attract and retain the next generation? Leaders from DOD, USAF, and DLA lay out their outlook in this Feb. 23, 2016 discussion with Defense One Deputy Editor Bradley Peniston.
Dr. Todd Fore, Director of Manpower, Personnel and Services for U.S. Air Force Material Command;
James McClaugherty, Deputy Commander of Defense Logistics Agency’s Land and Maritime section; and
Jonathan Witter, Deputy Director for Strategy and Support at Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
• How can DOD retain skilled IT professionals who are so in demand by the private sector?
• What are the critical skills gaps and how do they affect mission support?
• What levers does DOD have to shape its civilian workforce, and what should change?
Watch video of the event here.
Maintaining Force Readiness in the New Era of Global Threats
Jan. 21, 2016 / San Antonio, Texas
Join us as we engage military leaders about building a military and maintaining total force readiness in the next decades. We will explore the impact of recruiting and retention on critical commands and developing top technical talent to execute the mission requirements.
BG Thomas Murphy, Vice Commander, 24th Air Force and Deputy Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Robert Naething, Deputy to the Commanding General (SES2), U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston
BG Peter Lambert, Vice Commander, 25th Air Force, ISR and Air Combat, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Bradley Peniston, Deputy Editor, Defense One
Watch video of the event.
Featuring: Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security
Registration & Agenda / December 7, 2015 / Washington, D.C.
On December 7th, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson sits down for a candid conversation with Defense One about the spread of threats from the battlefield to the homefront, and how DHS is working together with the Pentagon, intelligence community and other law enforcement agencies to fight the war on terrorism, stand up cyber defenses, secure U.S. borders and tackle other issues.
Defense One Summit
Recap / 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.
The New Era of Land Warfare
Event page / 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
State of Defense Acquisition
Event page / 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.
Watch the event video.
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,
Watch the viewcast
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.