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This year’s forum, Setting the Next Defense Agenda, in partnership with Defense One, brought together a select group of 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 and the All-Volunteer Force over the long-haul.

Forum Agenda

JW Marriott, Washington, DC
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Date and Time
Monday, December 14, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

9:00-10:00 AM

Morning Keynote Address

Honorable Robert Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense

10:00-10:40 AM

Future of Ground Warfare

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

10:40-11:20 AM

Defense Innovation

Michèle Flournoy, CEO, CNAS
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

11:20 AM-12:00 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

12:00-12:30 PM


12:30-1:30 PM

Preserving the U.S. Military Edge

Jerry Hendrix, Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS
Kelley Sayler, Associate Fellow, CNAS
Elbridge Colby, Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow, CNAS
Dr. Michael C. Horowitz, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

1:30-2:00 PM

Movie Preview: Citizen Soldier

2:00-3:00 PM

Afternoon Keynote Address

General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


The mission of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is to develop strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. Building on the expertise and experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. A key part of our mission is to inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.


Special Thank You to the
National Security Forum Sponsors