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Jun 04

U.S. Military Power: Current Status and Future Prospects


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Panel 1: Naval Warfare
Panel 2: Ground Warfare  
Panel 3: Air Warfare

The United States’ military forces are beset by numerous challenges: a growing set of potential opponents enabled with advanced technologies; a problematic operating environment featuring long distances, questionable basing access increasingly within range of enemy weapons; contested operating domains; and, a fiscally constrained environment at home that is forcing them to shrink in size (reducing their capacity for operations) and reduce their investment in programs (affecting the depth and breadth of operational capabilities). 

What are the implications for force design? What capabilities are critical to operational success in meeting national security requirements? What risks might the United States be accepting given the troubled state of affairs in defense authorizations and appropriations? 

Join us for a series of discussions about these issues featuring leading experts in naval, ground, and air warfare.

[The program is arranged to afford you the opportunity to attend any or all of the panels as your schedule permits.] 


12:00 p.m. – Naval Warfare 
Bryan McGrath, Managing Director, The FerryBridge Group, LLC (Moderator)
Captain Peter Swartz, USN (Ret.), Principal Research Scientist, Center for Naval Analyses
Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
John Berry, Director, Concepts Branch, Emergent Force Development Division, Futures Directorate, DC CD&I 

1:15 p.m. – Lunch 

1:45 p.m. – Ground Warfare
Dr. Daniel Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute (Moderator)
Frank Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University
Nathan Freier, Associate Professor of National Security Studies, Army War College
David S. Maxwell, Associate Director, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University 

3:15 p.m. – Break 

3:30 p.m. – Air Warfare
Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Heritage (Moderator)
Lieutenant General David Deptula, USAF (Ret.), President, The Deptula Group, LLC
Dr. Robert Haffa, Principal, Haffa Defense, LLC
Dr. Rebecca Grant, President, IRIS Independent Research

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