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.
- 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
The above topics may change to address current events and interests of the participants 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 the office 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 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.
Excellent course, provided me some valuable insight into important issues. I leave here better equipped as a leader.H. Hutchison, Air Force
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
Format is terrific! Lots of speakers from across government enterprise and no power points. Plenty of time for engaging dialogue. I love to hear what experts and insiders have to say about out WDC enterprise.J. Haywood, Wright Patterson Air Force Base
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
Exceptionally relevant topics and highly-credentialed speakers; very thought-provoking, in a great way; all speakers were appropriate as were the topics. As well-run and organized a class/course as I’ve ever been to.