Emerging Technologies Seminar

Technology and the New Strategic Framework

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Program Description

Rapidly evolving and emerging technologies will radically alter the USAF’s battlespace, and of course its role. The technological framework must be seen within the context of geopolitical transformation.

The 2017 National Security Strategy and the 2018 National Defense Strategy re-focuses on peer and near-peer competitors. These competitors are at the forefront of technological advances, often fielding weapons ahead of the U.S. With the rise of China, the resurgence of Russia, and the nuclearization of rogue states, such as Iran and North Korea, the United States is challenged on many fronts.

These adversaries are fielding advanced conventional weapons and new non-kinetic technological and economic capabilities. This special three day seminar will explore emerging technologies—from computers to biotech to space—and will discuss in depth how these technologies might impact the way we respond to emerging global threats in the coming years.

This program brings together, in individual and panel presentations, noted specialists in national security and global politics to examine the nature of the emergent threats and the technological transformations shaping global politics and national defense.

Areas to be covered are reflected in the topics below and may be changed to address current issues at the time of the seminar.


Seminar Topics

  • The Transformed Global Strategic Context: Its Impact on Technological Evolution
  • Emerging Threats and Why History Still Matters
  • How America Wins the Space Race and Remains a Superpower
  • Where the People’s Republic of China and Russia Pose the Greatest Threats
  • Have Hypersonic Weapons Already Transformed the Battlespace?
  • Will the Global Economic Crisis Interrupt the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Stall the Fifth?
  • The Tech Wars: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Quantum Computing, Data Science, Biotech and Nanotechnology
  • The Emergence of Information Dominance Strategies in 21st Century Warfare
  • Warfare in Space: The Geopolitical Implications
  • The Role of the Military in a Kinetics-Averse World
  • The Unintended 21st Century Consequences of 20th Century Technology
  • The Range and Limits of Chinese-Russian Cooperation
  • Old Alliances and New Alignments in the Digital Age
  • The European Union and NATO: Beyond Cold War Calculations
  • Leveraging Private Initiatives for National Defense
  • The Unseen Battlefields: Cyberspace and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Iranian Aspirations and the Impact of Sanctions
  • North Korean: Isolation or Détente
  • Balancing Global Threats: Theoretical vs. Practical
  • China, Russia, and Others: How Spies and Militaries Weaponize Information
  • Getting Federal Money Back into High-Tech R&D: Another Manhattan Project?
  • Do Free Trade and Open Borders Help or Hurt American Technology Development?
  • Are Silicon Valley and the Pentagon on the Same Page?
  • China’s 6G Military Development
  • Advancing Space Technologies and Its Implication to the Way We Operate in the World
  • The Newly Reorganized Chinese Military: Better Able to Fight than America?
  • American Leadership and Global Power: Is the United States Ready for the Future?


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 $2,250 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 in Old Town Alexandria. 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

The Emerging Technology Seminar will be held in a private meeting room at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria, 1767 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Reporting information concerning registration time and meeting room assignment will be sent to all participants approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of each program. The meeting room will open at 7:30 am and the seminar will begin at 8:00 am. Casual business attire is acceptable.

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


Speakers bring a refreshing perspective on government/politics and social economics (U.S and foreign). Great Insight to happenings on the Hill, Pentagon and White House.

J. Falbo, Navy

I consider myself well-read, but this seminar opened many areas that will require additional study, consideration, and preparation. Well done!

T.H., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership 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

The experience and breadth of knowledge of all the speakers was spectacular. Their chosen topics for discussion were absolutely relevant to this audience and we were provided several themes that help to guide our planning assumptions.

J.C., Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course February 2017

The exposure to these experts and their wide and varied opinions was fascinating for me. Making sense of the world we live in and overlaying that with U.S. national security interests is the “Kobayashi Maru” of our time…loved it!!!

T.K., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar March 2017