Roundtable on U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy

Director: Stephen Biddle, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy
October 2006 - Present

This roundtable series focuses on issues that influence U.S. defense policy, such as the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, civil-military relations, and debates about the transformation of the U.S. military and the future of warfare. It is made possible by the generous support of Roger Hertog.

Meetings

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

The Future of the Army

Speaker:

William C. Hix, Deputy Director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, Army Training and Doctrine Comman, Fort Eustis, Virginia

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
February 3, 2014

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Afghanistan Update

Speaker:

Stephen Biddle, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
April 9, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

A New U.S. Defense Strategy for a New Era

Speaker:

Barry M. Blechman, Cofounder and Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
January 28, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

View All Meetings

Roundtable Meeting

Conflict Trends and Future Warfare

Speaker:

David Kilcullen, Chief Executive Officer, Caerus Associates

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, George Washington University; Council on Foreign Relations
November 28, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

AirSea Battle, An Analyst's View

Speaker:

Captain Jan van Tol, USN (Ret.), Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Roger Hertog Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
June 13, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Cutting the Defense Budget

Speaker:

Michael O'Hanlon, Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Roger Hertog Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
April 10, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

The Transition in Afghanistan: The View from the Theater

Speakers:

Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations, Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs
November 21, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

The Obama Administration’s National Security Record at Midterm: A View from the Loyal Opposition

Speaker:

Peter Feaver, Duke University

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
January 28, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Winning Hearts and Minds: Communications and Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Speaker:

David B. Ensor, U.S. Embassy, Kabul

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
January 12, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Wartime Civil-Military Relations

Speaker:

Eliot A. Cohen, The Johns Hopkins University

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
November 10, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Operation Cast Lead in Gaza

Speaker:

Brigadier General Itai Brun, Israeli Defense Forces; Dado Center for Interdisciplinary Military Studies

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
February 25, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

The Future of Counterinsurgency and the Design of the American Military

Speaker:

Colonel Gian Gentile, USA, United States Military Academy West Point

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
January 26, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Lebanon and the Future of Warfare

Speakers:

Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations, Jeffrey A. Friedman, Kennedy School of Government

Presider:

Major General David A. Fastabend, USA, U.S. Department of Defense
December 16, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Surge Dynamics and Stability in Iraq

Speakers:

J.B. Burton, Executive Officer, Deputy Undersecretary of the Army; Second Brigade Combat Team, First Infanty Division, Brigadier General Falah Kanbar, Former Commander, First Brigade, Sixth Division, Iraqi Army

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
December 3, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

The El Salvador Model of Counterinsurgency

Speaker:

Todd Greentree, Visiting Scholar, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
September 23, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

Iraq and Afghanistan: Meeting the Challenges of Modern COIN

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Sir Jock Stirrup, Chief of the Defense Staff, British Ministry of Defence
July 31, 2008 12:30-12:45 p.m. - Lunch
12:45-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Assessing Iraq Reconstruction

Speaker:

Stuart W. Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
June 23, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Technology in Counterinsurgency-Defeating IEDs

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Lieutenant General Thomas F. Metz, Director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO)
April 30, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Difficult Transitions: Why Presidents Fail in Foreign Policy at the Outset

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Kurt M. Campbell, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Center for New American Security
March 5, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

New Faces of Battle: Private Contractors, Child Warriors, and Robot Soldiers

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Peter W. Singer, Director, 21st Century Initiative, The Brookings Institution
January 9, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

A New Phase in Iraq?

Presider:

Kay King, Vice President, Washington Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
December 5, 2007 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast
8:30-9:00 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Do We Exaggerate the Threats of Terrorism and Proliferation?

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

John Mueller, Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Ohio State University
November 16, 2007

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Air and Land Power After Iraq

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Charles J. Dunlap, Deputy Judge Advocate General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
October 1, 2007

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

Managing the Consequences of Failure in Iraq

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Daniel L. Byman, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
June 25, 2007 12:30-2:00 p.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

Finding the Target: The Transformation of American Military Policy

Speakers:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, Frederick W. Kagan, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
May 21, 2007 8:00-9:30 a.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Civil-Military Relations in the Post-Rumsfeld Era

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Richard H. Kohn, Professor and Chair, Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
February 26, 2007

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

The New Way Forward in Iraq

Presider:

Nancy E. Roman, Vice President and Director, Washington Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Stephen J. Hadley, The White House
January 19, 2007

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

U.S. Grand Strategy and the Long War

Speaker:

Peter Douglas Feaver, National Security Council

Presider:

Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
October 18, 2006 8:00-9:30 a.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.