Defense Strategy


Rebalancing and Reforming Defense: Quadrennial Defense Review 2010

Speaker: Michèle Flournoy
Presider: Thom Shanker

Every four years, the U.S. Department of Defense conducts a congressionally mandated review of national defense strategy and priorities known as the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As the Pentagon concludes its 2010 QDR–the second such review to be conducted in wartime and the first of the Obama administration–join Michèle Flournoy for an assessment of defense policy over the short and long term.


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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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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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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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"How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle"

Speaker: Gideon Rose
Introductory Speaker: James Dobbins

In How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, Gideon Rose argues that American leaders always forget the political aspects of war and focus more on beating up the enemy than on creating a stable postwar environment. Please join Gideon Rose to discuss his examination of the choices confronting presidents and their advisers during the final stages of each major conflict from World War I through Iraq.  

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