Defense Showstoppers: National Security Challenges for the Obama Administration

The Obama Administration will face numerous challenges to U.S. national security. Among these, several stand out for their potential as “showstoppers,” where, if the challenge is not met, the U.S. may suffer a strategic loss of capability:

  • What is the proper balance between counterinsurgency and traditional military formations in our planning?
  • With respect to the procurement process, the defense industrial base, and the budget, are we short-changing the future?
  • Can the U.S. meet its responsibilities with the current active-reserve structure? And if not, how?
  • Seven years into the Long War, how can we improve coordination among Defense, State, the CIA, and others?

In this conference, our objective is to set forth clearly the actions needed to sustain America’s defense capability.

Topics and Speakers

  • Lt. Gen. Dennis McCarthy

    USMC, Ret. and Executive Director, ROA ·

    Harvey Sicherman

    President, FPRI ·
  • T.X. Hammes

    Paper

    Stephen Biddle

    Commentator
    Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations ·

    Roger D. Carstens

    Commentator
    Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security ·

    Michael Horowitz

    Moderator
    Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, and Senior Fellow, FPRI ·
  • Frank G. Hoffman

    Paper
    Research Fellow, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Marine Corps Combat Development Cmd. ·

    Mackenzie Eaglen

    Commentator
    Senior Policy Analyst for National Security, Heritage Foundation ·

    Christopher Preble

    Commentator
    CATO Institute ·

    Michael P. Noonan

    Moderator
    Director · Program on National Security
  • Gen. James Mattis (Ret.)

    Keynote
    USMC, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation ·
    Keynote
    Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command ·

    John Hillen

    Introduction
    Member · FPRI Board of Trustees
  • Michael O’Hanlon

    Paper
    Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution ·
    Commentator
    Senior Principal Researcher, RAND Corporation ·

    Frederick W. Kagan

    Commentator
    Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute ·

    Mackubin Thomas Owens

    Moderator
    Associate Dean, U.S. Naval War College ·
    Moderator
    Editor · Orbis
  • Janine Davidson

    Paper
    Assistant Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University ·

    Ralph Peters

    Commentator
    Author ·

    Hon. Thomas A. Schweich

    Commentator
    Visiting Professor of Law and Ambassador in Residence, Washington University in St. Louis ·

    Frank G. Hoffman

    Moderator
    Research Fellow, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Marine Corps Combat Development Cmd. ·