Roundtable on U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy

Director: Stephen D. 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

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Building a U.S. Navy for the Twenty-First Century

Speakers William J. Parker III

Military Fellow, U.S. Navy, Council on Foreign Relations

, Bryan McGrath

Assistant Director, Center for American Seapower, Hudson Institute


Presider Janine Davidson

Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

June 3, 2014

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

The Future of Airpower: Maintaining Air Superiority in an Uncertain Age

Speakers Colonel David W. Allvin, USAF

Director, Strategic Planning, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, U.S. Air Force

, Janine Davidson

Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

May 28, 2014

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

The Situation in Iraq

Speaker Kenneth M. Pollack

Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution


Presider Stephen D. Biddle

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University

May 22, 2014

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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 D. Biddle

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

February 3, 2014

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Afghanistan Update

Speaker Stephen D. BiddleAdjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
April 9, 2013

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

Speaker Barry M. BlechmanCofounder and Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center
Presider Stephen D. BiddleProfessor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
January 28, 2013

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Conflict Trends and Future Warfare

Speaker David KilcullenChief Executive Officer, Caerus Associates
Presider Stephen D. BiddleProfessor of Political Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, George Washington University; Council on Foreign Relations
November 28, 2012

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AirSea Battle, An Analyst's View

Speaker Captain Jan van Tol, USN (Ret.)Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Presider Stephen D. BiddleRoger Hertog Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
June 13, 2012

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Cutting the Defense Budget

Speaker Michael O'HanlonDirector of Research and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution
Presider Stephen D. BiddleRoger Hertog Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
April 10, 2012

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The Transition in Afghanistan: The View from the Theater

Speakers Stephen D. BiddleCouncil on Foreign Relations, Max BootCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Gideon RoseForeign Affairs
November 21, 2011

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

Speaker Peter FeaverDuke University
Presider Stephen D. BiddleCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 28, 2011

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Winning Hearts and Minds: Communications and Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Speaker David B. EnsorU.S. Embassy, Kabul
Presider Stephen D. BiddleCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 12, 2011

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Wartime Civil-Military Relations

Speaker Eliot A. CohenThe Johns Hopkins University
Presider Stephen D. BiddleCouncil on Foreign Relations
November 10, 2009

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Operation Cast Lead in Gaza

Speaker Brigadier General Itai BrunIsraeli Defense Forces; Dado Center for Interdisciplinary Military Studies
Presider Stephen D. BiddleCouncil on Foreign Relations
February 25, 2009

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The Future of Counterinsurgency and the Design of the American Military

Speaker Colonel Gian Gentile, USAUnited States Military Academy West Point
Presider Stephen D. BiddleCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 26, 2009

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Lebanon and the Future of Warfare

Speakers Stephen D. BiddleCouncil on Foreign Relations, Jeffrey A. FriedmanKennedy School of Government
Presider Major General David A. Fastabend, USAU.S. Department of Defense
December 16, 2008

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Surge Dynamics and Stability in Iraq

Speakers J.B. BurtonExecutive Officer, Deputy Undersecretary of the Army; Second Brigade Combat Team, First Infanty Division, Brigadier General Falah KanbarFormer Commander, First Brigade, Sixth Division, Iraqi Army
Presider Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
December 3, 2008

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The El Salvador Model of Counterinsurgency

Speaker Todd GreentreeVisiting Scholar, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
Presider Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
September 23, 2008

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

Iraq and Afghanistan: Meeting the Challenges of Modern COIN

Speaker Sir Jock StirrupChief of the Defense Staff, British Ministry of Defence
Presider Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
July 31, 2008 12:30–12:45 p.m. - Lunch
12:45–2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Assessing Iraq Reconstruction

Speaker Stuart W. BowenSpecial Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
Presider Stephen D. BiddleCouncil on Foreign Relations
June 23, 2008

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Technology in Counterinsurgency-Defeating IEDs

Speaker Lieutenant General Thomas F. MetzDirector, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO)
Presider Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
April 30, 2008

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

Speaker Kurt M. CampbellChief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Center for New American Security
Presider Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
March 5, 2008

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

Speaker Peter W. SingerDirector, 21st Century Initiative, The Brookings Institution
Presider Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
January 9, 2008

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

A New Phase in Iraq?

Speaker Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider Kay KingVice President, Washington Program, Council on Foreign Relations
December 5, 2007 8:00–8:30 a.m. - Breakfast
8:30–9:00 a.m. - Meeting

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Do We Exaggerate the Threats of Terrorism and Proliferation?

Speaker John MuellerWoody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Ohio State University
Presider Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
November 16, 2007

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Air and Land Power After Iraq

Speaker Charles J. DunlapDeputy Judge Advocate General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
Presider Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
October 1, 2007

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

Managing the Consequences of Failure in Iraq

Speaker Daniel L. BymanSecurity Studies Program, Georgetown University
Presider Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
June 25, 2007 12:30–2:00 p.m.

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

Finding the Target: The Transformation of American Military Policy

Speakers Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, Frederick W. KaganResident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
May 21, 2007 8:00–9:30 a.m.

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Civil-Military Relations in the Post-Rumsfeld Era

Speaker Richard H. KohnProfessor and Chair, Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Presider Stephen D. BiddleSenior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
February 26, 2007

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The New Way Forward in Iraq

Speaker Stephen J. HadleyThe White House
Presider Nancy E. RomanVice President and Director, Washington Program, Council on Foreign Relations
January 19, 2007

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U.S. Grand Strategy and the Long War

Speaker Peter Douglas FeaverNational Security Council
Presider Stephen D. BiddleCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 18, 2006 8:00–9:30 a.m.

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