Hariri Center Director Michele Dunne and Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne reflect on US policy toward the Middle East and North Africa in the two years since President Barack Obama promised to make it a top priority to support democracy and human rights in the region.
J. Peter Pham, director the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was one of four experts invited to address a high-level international conference on the crisis in the Sahel region convened today in The Hague.
Rudolph Atallah, senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, testified at a House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on “The Growing Crisis in Africa’s Sahel Region.”
On the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the United States, Energy & Environment Program Associate Director Mihaela Carstei joins CTV to discuss the Keystone Pipeline project that would transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in the Gulf coast of Texas.
The Atlantic Council's Program on International Security co-hosted with the National Defense University a unique conference on the challenges of business transformation within the Department of Defense. Called "The Audacity for Change: Transforming the Way the Department of Defense Does Business," the conference brought together the wider defense community to examine the obstacles to organizational change within the DoD, perspectives on the current state of business transformation, as well as solutions that can chart a way ahead in this very difficult security climate of on-going operations, major procurement undertakings, and financial and fiscal crisis. The conference included presentations from OSD, the Combatant Commands, as well as industry and outside of government defense experts.
- Outside View: Don't let Pentagon implode – UPI, Harlan Ullman
Day 1 – Tuesday, March 10
- 9:00 - Registration and Coffee
- 9:30 - Welcome
- 9:45-11:15 - Defining the problem
- 11:30-12:45 - Lunch with keynote speaker ADM James Stavridis, USSOUTHCOM (confirmed)
- 1:00-2:45 - Other perspectives on DoD Transformation:
- Moderator: David Oliver, EADS (confirmed)
- Brian Dailey, Lockheed Martin (confirmed)
- David Fisher, BTA (confirmed)
- John Barry, Newsweek (confirmed)
- Norman Ornstein, AEI (confirmed)
- 3:00-4:35 - A view from the Combatant Commands:
- Moderator: Hans Binnendijk, CTNSP, NDU (confirmed)
- VADM Ann Rondaeu, USTRANSCOM (confirmed)
- VADM Robert Moeller, USAFRICOM (confirmed)
- RADM Charles Martoglio, USPACOM (confirmed)
- 4:45-5:45 - Afternoon keynote speaker Gen Victor Reunart USNORTHCOM (confirmed)
- 6:15 - Reception
- 7:00-8:30 - Dinner with keynote speaker Senator John Kerry (invited)
Day 2 – Wednesday, March 11
- 08:30-10:00 DoD - Response to business transformation:
- Moderator: ADM Harry Ulrich, former Commander US Naval Forces Europe (confirmed)
- LTG Robert E. Durbin, US Army (confirmed)
- US Navy representative (invited)
- US Marine Corps representative (invited)
- Michael A. Aimone, US Air Force (confirmed)
- 10:15-12:00 - Recommendations:
- Moderator : ADM Sir Ian Forbes, former Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (confirmed)
- Richard Danzig, CSIS (confirmed)
- Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress (confirmed)
- Harlan Ullman, NDU (confirmed)
- GEN Jack Keane, Keane Advisors (invited)
- 12:15-13:30 - Lunch with final comments by ADM Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (invited)
- Inform the public on defense, national security, and transformation
- Evaluate the degree of the urgency for change, and test the basis for worry no matter how defined
- Examine transformation alternatives based on various degrees of urgency
Crucial Issues for Transforming the Way DoD Does Dusiness:
- Balancing requirements and priorities for big and small wars
- Balancing goals of ground, air and maritime superiority and forcible entry operations capabilities with more modest objectives
- Balancing priorities for big war systems with deployment of the bulk of the forces in stability and security operations
- Balancing risk between short and long term spending priorities
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