Emerging Technologies Seminar

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Program Description

The average smartphone has more computing power than NASA had at their disposal when the United States sent a man to the moon in 1969. Since then, advancing technologies, that at the time few would have dreamed of, have radically altered the battle space.

Today the United States is being challenged on many fronts. Our adversaries are fielding advanced conventional weapons and designing previously unheard of non-kinetic technological and economic capabilities. We are currently engaged in a global power competition with not only techno-powers China and Russia, but also from rogue regimes such as Iran and North Korea who are rapidly developing nuclear weapons.

While China seeks to gain access to western capital and technology to ultimately challenge the United States’ preeminent role in the world, a new nationalism has emerged to complicate the post-historical fantasy that many leaders and thinkers in the west had envisioned after the Soviet Union collapsed.

It is not an understatement to say that the 21st century will be won by nations that effectively anticipate emerging threats and by those who are capable of quickly responding by delivering advanced technologies necessary for an effective national defense.

This three day seminar will explore emerging technologies—from cyber to computers to biotech to space—and will offer participants an opportunity to discuss with a group of specialists new technologies and explore how they might impact the way we respond to global threats in the coming years.


Suggested Seminar Topics

  • Can America Win the Space Race and Remain a Superpower?
  • Where China and Russia Pose the Greatest Threats
  • Have Hypersonic Weapons Transformed the Battlespace?
  • What Will Be the Near-Term Effects of the Current Global-Economic Crisis?
  • Information Dominance in 21st Century
  • The Geopolitical Implications of Space Warfare
  • The Unintended 21st Century Consequences of 20th Century Warfare
  • The European Union and NATO: Old Alliance and New Alignments in the Digital Age
  • Leveraging Private Initiatives for National Defense
  • Cyber Space and the Electromagnetic Spectrum—The Unseen Battlefields
  • Federal Funding in High Tech R&D: Do We Need Another Manhattan Project?
  • Silicon Valley and the Pentagon: Are They on the Same Page?
  • American Leadership: Is the United States Effectively Preparing for the Future?
  • The U.S.-China Tech Wars
  • Emerging Tech in Emerging Markets: An African Case Study
  • Total War in the 21st Century: Cyber Information Dominance and Amorphous Warfare
  • From Solar Winds to Cyber Storms: Russia’s Cyber-Ops and the U.S. Industries of the Future and U.S. National Security
  • Models of Conflict and Strategic Thinking

The above topics may change to address current events and interests of the participants at the time of the seminar.


The Program Moderator will have extensive experience conducting senior-level foreign policy seminars for the Intel Community. The Moderator will have first-hand knowledge and a detailed, up-to-date understanding of the region being studied in each seminar. In addition to the daily morning introduction and afternoon wrap-up, the Moderator will generally make a separate presentation and be available to provide additional presentations as needed. The Moderator will facilitate, when necessary, dialogue between the speakers and participants as well as lead the group discussions and Q&A sessions.



The fee for each three-day Foreign Policy Seminar is $2,475 per person. The program will feature approximately 12-15 separate presentations. Also included are daily continental breakfasts and working luncheons. The seminar will be held in a private meeting room. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.



The target audience for these seminars are civilians (GS-15 and above) and military (O-6 and above). Others who have a special interest in the subject, need-to-know, or are in key positions may apply. Seminar space is limited to assure participants have ample time for open discussion with presenters. Upon registration, attendees will receive confirmation via email within five days. Cancellations will be accepted in writing up to two weeks prior to each program. After that time, substitutions will be accepted. The Agency will be billed if registration is cancelled after the deadline.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call the office at 703-684-8807.


Additional Information

Reporting information will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of the program.

These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, PowerPoint or audio-visual aids are utilized in the presentations.


Balanced program with multiple views on complex subjects—well worth my time!

W.B., Pentagon • Enterprise Perspective Seminar April 2015

The speakers were excellent & the seminar was well-organized. I would definitely attend a future Alan Freed event.

S.F., Department of Homeland Security • Global Security Seminar February 2017

Really Outstanding, will highly recommend to others. Highly professional, thoughtful and experienced classmates greatly added to my positive experience in this class.

W. Smith, Pentagon

End-to-end, an amazing group of speakers, with most diverse backgrounds. I could listen to each of the speakers for hours on end. Their collective knowledge is truly incredible.

M. Chi, Defense Acquisition University - San Diego

Without a doubt the best seminar/training program I have ever experienced during 40 years in federal service. I would take this course once a quarter if possible and have all my people do so also.

USCG Attendee, White House Workshop • September, 2014