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Nov 16

2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength

As the new administration and Congress are settling in, one of their early priorities must be national defense.  One of the key resources available for policymakers is The Heritage Foundation’s Index of U.S. Military Strength, containing the latest assessments of global threats and the U.S. military.  

The 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength is Heritage’s third annual assessment of the United States Armed Forces’ ability to provide for the common defense.  As with the first two editions, the 2017 Index continues to analyze the U.S. military’s status in capacity, capability, and readiness.  The publication looks at evolving threats and opportunities around the globe and how they contribute to and influence this ability and discusses how and why elements of national security grew better or worse over the past year.

Additionally, the 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength provides focused analysis of specific security themes such as the role of alliances in America’s efforts to protect its interests around the globe, an overview of operational concepts and their contributions to successful military planning, a discussion of cybersecurity and its broader consequences for national security policy, and an exploration of the military strategy and strategic thinking.  

9:00 a.m. Keynote Address

 
The Honorable Michael Turner (R-OH)
Chairman, House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee; President, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly; and Member, House Intelligence Committee

9:45 a.m. Overview of the 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength

Dakota L. Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Defense Programs and editor, Index of U.S. Military Strength

10:30 a.m. Threats to America’s Interests

James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center
for Foreign and National Security Policy, The Heritage Foundation
Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Dr. James J. Przystup, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research, 
Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
Luke Coffey, Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, 
The Heritage Foundation, (Moderator)

11:30 a.m. America’s Military Forces

John “JV” Venable, Senior Research Fellow for Defense Policy, Center for National Defense, 
The Heritage Foundation
Dr. Jerry Hendrix, Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, 
Center for a New American Security
Dr. David E. Johnson, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Michaela Dodge, Senior Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy, Center for National Defense, 
The Heritage Foundation
Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Spoehr, U.S. Army (Ret.), Director, Center for National Defense, 
The Heritage Foundation  (Moderator)

1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch



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Dakota Wood Dakota Wood

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