Capitol Hill Workshop

Partisan Politics, Leadership and New National Security Challenges

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Program Description


With the 2020 Elections only months away, Capitol Hill is the scene of more partisanship than usual. Democrats, who control the House, may be united, but political divisions — not to mention the health and economic impact of COVID-19—have already affected serious policy issues, such as immigration, national security and defense spending. At the same time rapidly changing global events, from China to Europe, only compound the challenges facing lawmakers.

Attendees at this three-day Capitol Hill Workshop will have the opportunity to discuss these and other critical concerns 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.

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


  • Washington’s Latest Lessons in Policy, Politics and Crisis Management
  • COVID-19 and U.S.-China Relations
  • The Evolution of Leadership in Congress
  • American Power and Emerging Threats
  • Congressional Prospective on DoD Weapons Systems
  • DoD and the Politics of Acquisition
  • The Role of Legislative Staff: A View from the Inside
  • Putin’s Russia and U.S. National Interests
  • Strategic Competition in the Digital Age
  • Persian Paradoxes: Iran and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • The Constitution, Supreme Court and a Deeply Divided America
  • The Washington Lobbyist: Myths and Realities

 

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 the office 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 Capitol Hill Club is directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station (Blue, Silver and Orange Lines). 

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. Business attire for participants is required.

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

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

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

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

Great opportunity for immersion in current events with experts with viewpoints based on deep academic study, history, etc., which informs a deeper understanding of the public policy debates.

K.K., Air Force • Enterprise Perspective Seminar April 2014