Capitol Hill Workshop

Legislative Politics, DOD and the New Emerging Threats

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Program Description


Just two months before the mid-term elections, there are still significant tensions between the Republican Congress and the White House. Deep divisions remain in the Republican party, yet there seems to be growing confidence of keepig their majorities in the House and Senate.

While the Democratic party is united, deep divisions remain in Republican party. Whether or not the Republicans can maintain their majority in the House and Senate remains to be seen. Deeply partisan divisions over tax and spending, immigration, energy, health, trade, defense, and foreign policy demand serious attention. While rapidly changing global evens, from Syria to Russia and North Korea, only compound the difficulties facing congressional lawmakers.

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 issues involving legislative politics, new emerging threats and other timely political issues of interest to attendees from the Department of Defense.

Updated August 8, 2018

 

Seminar Topics


  • Power and Partisanship: Reflections on How Washington Really Works
  • The Congressional Process: Legislative Politics and Strategic Lawmaking
  • Lawmaking and the Role of Congressional Staff
  • Putin’s Russia, Socialism and U.S. National Interests
  • National Security and the Defense Budget
  • Why Politicians Seldom See the World As It Really Is
  • The Politics of Border Security
  • The Middle East: Emerging Threats in a Changing Region
  • Global Strategic Competition in the Digital Age
  • Emerging Threats and Why History Matters
  • The American Lobbyist: Myths and Realities
  • Developing Markets, Market Transformation and What it Means for America

*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

 

Leadership Competencies


After participating in the Capitol Hill Workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Improve cultural and historic awareness of the political, legal, and institutional environment in which domestic and foreign policy-making and policy implementation occur;
  4. Enhance critical synthetic and analytical skills necessary to advise senior officials in the making and evaluation of public policy;
  5. Be sensitized to the changing situational conditions that affect past, current, and future policy judgments

 

Moderator


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.

Fee


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.

Registration


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.

Additional Information


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.

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T.H., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar February 2017

Very good insights. I appreciate the world-class experts you assemble.

P.G., Air Force • Transnational Issues Seminar April 2017

Truly outstanding insight/superior historical background and great stories born throughout scars of experience; I attended National War College and they are known for great speakers/first-hand experience - yours were better. Huge thanks; extremely well done!

M. Weaver, Wright Patterson Airforce Base

Fantastic program; great approach to the group in providing interesting/informative, though-provoking information. The day has been well worth my time.

P.Z., Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course February 2017

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