With Democrats now controlling the House, Capitol Hill is likely to be the scene of a non-stop political in-fighting. Democrats may be united, but how will worsening partisan divisions affect policy issues that demand serious attention such as immigration, healthcare and national security and defense spending. At the same time rapidly changing global events, from the Middle East to the South China Sea, only compound the challenges.
Attendees at this three-day Capitol Hill Workshop will have the opportunity to discuss these and other critical issues in an off-the-record setting featuring a group of nationally recognized speakers who will address topics involving legislative politics, emerging threats and other timely domestic and international issues of interest to attendees from the Department of Defense and other government agencies.
Updated December 2018
- Emerging Threats and American Power
- Politics and Polarization: The Continuing Saga of U.S.-Russian Relations—
- Putin’s Russia and U.S. National Interests
- Persian Paradoxes: Iran and U.S. Foreign Policy
- The Role of Legislative Staff: A View from the Inside
- China and East Asia
- Congress, the Administration, and Industry:DoD and the Politics of Acquisition
- The Evolution of Leadership and Power in Congress
- Congress, the Administration, and Industry: DoD and the Politics of Acquisition
- The Evolution of Leadership and Power in Congress
- The American Lobbyist: The Myths and the Realities
- Reflections on the Constitution, Academia and the Supreme Court—and the Implications for a Deeply Divided America
- Washington’s Latest Lessons in Policy, Politics and Polarization
- Congressional Prospective on DoD Weapons Systems
- The Lower Courts to the Supreme Courts: The Politics and Process
- Global Strategic Competition in the Digital Age
*The above topics may change to address current events at the time of the seminar.
Subject to scheduling, the following optional tours may be offered:
- House and Senate Committee Hearings
- The Capitol Building and the Capitol Visitors Center
- The Supreme Court and the Library of Congress
- Personal Visits to Congressional Offices
After participating in the Capitol Hill Workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify the key decision makers who are involved in the policymaking and policy implementation processes and the institutional perspectives from which they offer advice and make judgments;
- Think strategically and tactically about how to affect policymaking and policy implementation; how to anticipate reactions to that policy in the United States and abroad; how to avoid unintended consequences that flow from poor policy judgments;
- Improve cultural and historic awareness of the political, legal, and institutional environment in which domestic and foreign policy-making and policy implementation occur;
- Enhance critical synthetic and analytical skills necessary to advise senior officials in the making and evaluation of public policy;
- Be sensitized to the changing situational conditions that affect past, current, and future policy judgments
The program moderator will be of international stature and have extensive professional experience in the policy issues covered in this three-day seminar. 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 this three-day workshop is $1,485 per person. The program will feature approximately 12-15 separate presentations. Also included are daily continental breakfasts and working luncheons. The workshop will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.
The target audience for these seminars are civilians (GS-13 and above) and military (O-5 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 Iris Fernandez or Patricia Patton at 703-684-8807.
The Capitol Hill Workshops will be held in private meeting rooms at the Capitol Hill Club, located at 300 First Street SE, in Washington, DC. The Club is directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station (Blue and Orange Lines). Business attire for participants is required.
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 7:45 am and seminars will be conducted from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, power point or audio-visual aids are utilized in seminar presentations.
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
Great speakers with decades of experience. Really appreciate the experience and perspectives.Attendee, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course 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
This is the best and most informative array of speakers I have ever had the pleasure to hear!K. Buckley, Air Force
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