2008-2009 Rethinking Seminar Series

Rethinking the Foundations of the National Security Strategy and the QDR, the fifth series of Rethinking Seminars produced by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, was initiated as the country began to prepare for the next Quadrennial Defense Review. As a small part of that prepartion the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy  and the US Navy sponsored the year's series.  Seminar speakers discussed vital topics including:

  • What should the US national security objectives be?
  • What defines a US national security interest?
  • What are the most significant threats to the US?
  • What kinds of conflicts or operations other than war should the US military prepare for?
  • What size and makeup of forces is required?
  • What should DOD's portfolio look like in terms of O&M and investment?
  • What resources and capabilities do State and USAID need to meet national security challenges effectively?
  • What forms of deterrence and dissuasion are appropriate against non-traditional enemies?

NOTE: The opinions expressed by the speakers listed below are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Speaker Archives

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September 8, 2009
Dr. Barry R. Posen
Director, MIT Security Studies Program
US Grand Strategy

August 17, 2009
Dr. Stephen Walt
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
US Foreign Policy & US Power

Krep July 7, 2009
Dr. Andrew Krepinevich
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
21st Century Force Posture

May 20, 2009
Dr. Lewis A. Dunn
VP, Science Applications International Corporation
21st Century Nuclear Deterrence

April 29, 2009
Dr. Geoffrey Dabelko
Woodrow Wilson Center Director, Environmental Change and Security Program
Climate Change & National Security

March 4, 2009
Mr. James R. Gosler
Fellow, Sandia National Laboratory
Cyber Threats

February 3, 2009
Dr. George Friedman
Chief Executive Officer, Stratfor
The Geopolitical Environment of the 21st Century

January 12, 2009
Mr. Paul Goble
Professor, Institute of World Politics
The Russian Federation and Implications for US National Security

Mr. James G. Rickards December 17, 2008
Mr. James G. Rickards
Sr. Managing Director, Market Intelligence, Omnis
Financial Threats to National Security

Dr. Robert Art November 24, 2008
Dr. Robert Art
Professor of International Relations, Brandeis University
America’s National Interests & Grand Strategy

October 15, 2008
Mr. Robert Work
Vice President, Strategic Studies
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
The Next QDR (Quadrennial Defense Review)

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