28th US Army War College Strategy Conference.

The Changing Character of War?

While the nature of war is enduring, its character depends on the context within which wars occur. Contemporary politics, technology, societal norms, and military objectives and strategies directly influence the character of war. This year's strategy conference will examine political, technological, and social trends of the emerging operating environment and consider the implications of these trends for the character of war, U.S. security policies and strategies, and the future of our Army.

The U.S. Army War College's Annual Strategy Conference for 2017 will take place on 26-27 April 2017. The full conference will available via real-time broadcast on the internet to ensure the broadest access for military, government, and public audiences. This virtual audience will have the opportunity to interact (Q&A) with speakers and panelists in real-time via e-mail and twitter. The USAWC resident class and invited guests will comprise the on-site audience.

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Day 1 - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
0830-0845   Welcome and Administrative Remarks
Major General William E. Rapp
0845-0945   Keynote: The Changing Character of War
Opening Address: Sir Hew Strachan, Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews
1000-1130   Technology Panel
Moderator: Professor Howard C. Taylor, National Security Agency Visiting Professor, U.S. Army War College

Panelists: Dr. Emily Goldman, Director of US Cyber Command / National Security Agency Combined Action Group; Dr. Robert W. Sadowski, Senior Research Scientist, Directorate of Research, Technology and Integration, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC); Brigadier General Randolph J. Staudenraus, Director, Plan and Programs, Air National Guard Readiness Center
1300-1400   Keynote: The Changing Character of War
Military Address: Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Director, J-5, Strategic Pans and Policy, Joint Staff
Day 2 - Thursday, April 27, 2017
0835-1040   International Perspectives Panel
Moderator: Ambassador Daniel Shields, U.S. Army War College

Panelists: Dr. Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government; Major General Roger Noble, Deputy Commanding General (North) for United States Army Pacific; Mr. Leonid I. Polyakov, Chairman, Expert Council for the Center for Armament, Disarmament, and Conversion Studies (CADCS); Admiral Manfred Nielson, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (ACT), NATO; Dr. Larry M. Wortzel, President, Asia Strategy and Risks, LLC
1100-1215   Social Change Panel
Moderator: Dr. Steven K. Metz, Director of Research, U.S. Army War College

Panelists: Dr. Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy, Cato Institute; Mr. John Robb, Author, Militay Analyst, Contributor to “Global Guerrillas�; Dr. Tammy Schultz, Director of National Security and Joint Warfare and Professor of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Marine Corps War College
1330-1445   Strategy and Policy Implications Panel

Moderator: Dr. Antulio (Tony) J. Echevarria, Editor, U.S. Army War College Quarterly - Parameters

Panelists: Dr. Robert Johnson, Director of the Oxford Changing Character of War Programme; Dr. Sibylle Scheipers, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Director of the Institute for the Study of War and Strategy at the University of St Andrews

1445-1450   Conference Closing Remarks
Conference Agenda
About the Conference
There is no registration needed to view conference events via the internet or to access videos after the event. The USAWC resident class and invited guests will comprise the on-site audience. There is no general public registration for the event.
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