Defense Strategy

Backgrounder

Japan and Its Military

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik

Japan's constitution forbids a traditional military, allowing only a narrowly defined Self Defense Force, or SDF. Some experts now see acceleration in the longstanding movement to modernize and strengthen the country's national defense.

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Backgrounder

U.S. Military Strategy in Iraq

Author: Lionel Beehner

With all the talk of drawing down U.S. forces in Iraq, the U.S. military is quietly adopting a strategy that gets more U.S. soldiers onto the streets to interact with Iraqi locals and forces. Experts say this strategy will be successful at securing Iraq in the long run, even though it puts troops at greater risk in the short run.

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Event

HBO History Makers Series with Stanley McChrystal

Speaker: Stanley McChrystal
Presider: Tom Brokaw

The Home Box Office History Makers Series focuses particular attention on the contributions made by a prominent individual at a critical juncture in international relations. Recent speakers in the series include James D. Wolfensohn, Condoleezza Rice, and George Shultz.

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Event

Intelligence Support to the Military

Speaker: Jane Harman
Speaker: John McLaughlin
Presider: Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Jane Harman and John McLaughlin will discuss the role of intelligence in supporting the U.S. military in peacetime and wartime. As ranking member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, each offers a unique perspective into the challenges faced by the intelligence community in providing accurate and timely intelligence to American defense policy makers, military commanders, and the U.S. armed forces.

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Reception
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Meeting

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Event

War of Necessity, War of Choice

Speaker: Richard Haass
Presider: David J. Remnick

In War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars, Richard N. Haass, one of a handful of top government officials involved in the decision-making process during both Iraq conflicts, explains how and why the two wars resulted from two different policymaking processes, approaches to U.S. foreign policy, and presidential personalities. The book—part history, part memoir—provides a much-needed compass for how the United States can apply the lessons learned from the two wars so that it is better positioned to put into practice what worked and to avoid repeating what so clearly did not.

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