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  • Experts Tell Senate Panel New AUMF is Needed for Military Action in Syria
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    Authorization for the Use of Military Force

    Former George W. Bush and Obama administration officials testified at a hearing on the legal issues of congressional authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF) overseas. The…

  • Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Discusses US Foreign Policy
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    U.S. Foreign Policy

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talked about the importance of the U.S. remaining engaged in the global community. She cautioned Americans to reject the politics of fear saying “When…

  • Senate Hearing Focuses on Civilian Control of the Armed Forces
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    Civilian Control of the Miltary

    Former federal officials testified on on the merits of civilian control of the U.S. military. The Senate Armed Services Committee held the hearing as Congress prepared to consider a waiver to…

  • Defense Secretary Ashton Carter Discusses Military Modernization
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    Defense Innovation

    Defense and intelligence leaders talked about defense innovation. Speakers included Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chair General Paul Selva, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, and Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence…

  • CSIS Hosts Discussion on US Alliances
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    U.S. Alliances and Leadership

    Experts including those who served in the Obama and George W. Bush administrations talked about the importance of U.S.-led alliances such as NATO. Speakers included retired Admiral Gary Roughead,…

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies Hosts Discussion on Maritime Security
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    Maritime Security

    Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, talked about climate change, naval readiness and maritime security. Following his remarks, he took questions from the audience on…

  • After Words with Rosa Brooks
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    After Words with Rosa Brooks

    Rosa Brooks talked about her book How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon, in which she examines the change in how America fights wars. She was…

  • Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker Discusses Naval Aviation
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    Naval Aviation

    Naval Air Forces Commander Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker discussed the future of naval aviation at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He talked about…

  • General Robert Neller Discusses Maritime Security
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    Maritime Security

    General Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, spoke about maritime security and the overall strategy and outlook for U.S. maritime forces. He addressed issues of modernization and…

  • Discussion Focuses on Undersea Warfare
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    Russian Undersea Warfare

    Panelists talked about Russia’s underwater warfare capabilities and intentions. This panel discussion followed a report released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies titled,…

  • Naval Research Chief Mathias Winter Discusses Maritime Security
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    Mathias Winter on Naval Innovation

    Naval Research Chief Rear Admiral Mathias Winter talked about the future of naval innovation and capabilities. He discussed advancements in genetic engineering, laser technology, and the…

  • Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft Discusses the US Maritime Forces
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    Maritime Policy

    Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft spoke about his military branch’s future. Topics included the challenges or drug trafficking and immigration issues. He also talked about the…

  • National Commission on the Future of the Army News Conference
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    Future of the U.S. Army

    Commissioners of the National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) released the organization’s report on possible modifications to the structure of the Army. Among its…

  • Discussion on Special Operations and Intelligence
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    Special Operations and Intelligence

    Former Defense Department officials talked about the role of special operations and intelligence in 21st century warfare and in the battles against al Qaeda and the ISIL.* Journalist Kimberly Dozier…

  • Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani on Womens Rights
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    Women's Rights in Afghanistan

    Rula Ghani, the first lady of Afghanistan, spoke about the role of women in her home country, and the need to support and encourage them. She described her life growing up as a Lebanese Christian and…

  • Admiral Paul Zukunft on the Role of the Coast Guard
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    U.S. Maritime Policy

    Admiral Paul Zukunft talked about the role of the Coast Guard in the 21st century. He spoke about the Coast Guard’s strategies for the western hemisphere, the arctic, cyber challenges, and…

  • Discussion on the 2014 NATO Summit
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    NATO Summit Preview

    Heather Conley and Kathleen Hicks previewed the 2014 NATO summit in Wales and President Obama’s trip to Estonia. They also responded to questions from the audience.

  • Homeland Security Priorities
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    Department of Homeland Security Review

    Alan Cohn summarized the the Department of Homeland Security’s priorities over the next four years as detailed in the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review QHSR). Following his remarks,…

  • US Customs and Border Protection
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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske talked about the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service and the future of U.S.-Mexico border security. He pledged a more transparent and open border patrol agency. Topics included…

  • Intelligence and National Security
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    Intelligence and National Security

    Michael Vickers talked about the role of intelligence in national security. He focused on major challenges and how U.S. intelligence operations operate. Former Defense Undersecretary…

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