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Oct 15

Defense Transformation: The End of Term Report Card

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

To assess the Pentagon's success in implementing an agenda to transform the military. Does the Defense Department have the tools it needs to transform? Are its current programs meeting the
current needs of modernization and the imperatives for transformation?

More About the Speakers

Watch the morning session

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.,
Senior Research Fellow, Defense and Homeland Security, The Heritage Foundation
Jack Spencer,
Senior Policy Analyst, Defense and National Security, The Heritage Foundation

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Transformation Fundamentals and Enablers

The Hon. David S. C. Chu
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel Readiness, U.S. Department of Defense
Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum,
Chief, National Guard Bureau
Phillip A. Odeen,
Board of Directors, Northrop Grumman

10:45 - 12:00 noon
Maintaining Strategic Reach: Problems or Possibilities
Lt. Col. Peter L. Hays
Executive Editor, Joint Forces Quarterly
Charles V. Peña,
Director of Defense Policy Studies, CATO Institute
Lt. Col. Joseph A. Sokol,
USA (Ret.), Senior Analyst, Warfighter Division, Defense Group Inc.

Lunch 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Watch the afternoon session

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Address: Ready for the Missions of the 21st Century?

The Hon. William "Mac" Thornberry (R-TX)
Michael Franc,
Vice President, Government Relations, The Heritage Foundation (Host)

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
The Challenge of Maneuver: Platforms vs. Systems (Part 1)

Maj. Gen. Kevin B. Kuklok,
USMC (Ret.), former Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations, USMC
Thomas L. McNaugher,
Ph.D., Vice President and Director, Arroyo Center, RAND Corporation
Col. Douglas A. Macgregor,
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University
Robert Work,
Senior Analyst, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Measuring Striking Power: Platforms vs. Systems (Part 2)

Col. Gary Crowder,
Chief of Strategy and Doctrine, Office of Plans and Programs, Air Combat Command, USAF
Christopher Bolkcom,
Specialist in National Defense, Congressional Research Service
Stephen D. Biddle, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor, National Security Studies, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
Jack Spencer,
Senior Policy Analyst, Defense and National Security, The Heritage Foundation

4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks/Conference Adjourns