The 2020 elections put Democrats in control of the White House and both house of Congress, and while the part may be united, at least in Washington, the country has rarely been so politically divided. The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact have affected every major policy issue Congress faces, from health care and immigration to national security to defense spending. At the same time rapidly changing global events in China, Europe and the Middle East only compound the challenges confronting 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
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 . 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.
Reporting information will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of the program.
These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, PowerPoint or audio-visual aids are utilized in the presentations.
Great speakers with decades of experience. Really appreciate the experience and perspectives.Attendee, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course February 2017
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
Balanced program with multiple views on complex subjects—well worth my time!W.B., Pentagon • Enterprise Perspective Seminar April 2015
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
Very good insights. I appreciate the world-class experts you assemble.P.G., Air Force • Transnational Issues Seminar April 2017