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

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

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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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Afghanistan Update

Speaker:

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

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

Speaker:

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

Presider:

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Conflict Trends and Future Warfare

Speaker:

David Kilcullen, Chief Executive Officer, Caerus Associates

Presider:

Stephen D. 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.

AirSea Battle, An Analyst's View

Speaker:

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

Presider:

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Cutting the Defense Budget

Speaker:

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

Presider:

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

The Transition in Afghanistan: The View from the Theater

Speakers:

Stephen D. 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.

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

Speaker:

Peter Feaver, Duke University

Presider:

Stephen D. Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
January 28, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Winning Hearts and Minds: Communications and Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Speaker:

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

Presider:

Stephen D. Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
January 12, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Wartime Civil-Military Relations

Speaker:

Eliot A. Cohen, The Johns Hopkins University

Presider:

Stephen D. Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
November 10, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Operation Cast Lead in Gaza

Speaker:

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

Presider:

Stephen D. Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
February 25, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

The Future of Counterinsurgency and the Design of the American Military

Speaker:

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

Presider:

Stephen D. Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
January 26, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Lebanon and the Future of Warfare

Speakers:

Stephen D. 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.

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Iraq and Afghanistan: Meeting the Challenges of Modern COIN

Presider:

Stephen D. 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.

Assessing Iraq Reconstruction

Speaker:

Stuart W. Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

Presider:

Stephen D. Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
June 23, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Technology in Counterinsurgency-Defeating IEDs

Presider:

Stephen D. 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.

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

Presider:

Stephen D. 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.

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

Presider:

Stephen D. 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.

A New Phase in Iraq?

Presider:

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

Speaker:

Stephen D. 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.

Do We Exaggerate the Threats of Terrorism and Proliferation?

Presider:

Stephen D. 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.

Air and Land Power After Iraq

Presider:

Stephen D. 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.

Managing the Consequences of Failure in Iraq

Presider:

Stephen D. 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.

Finding the Target: The Transformation of American Military Policy

Speakers:

Stephen D. 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.

Civil-Military Relations in the Post-Rumsfeld Era

Presider:

Stephen D. 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

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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.

U.S. Grand Strategy and the Long War

Speaker:

Peter Douglas Feaver, National Security Council

Presider:

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

This meeting is not for attribution.