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Field Programs

In FY21, Alan L. Freed Associates is offering a menu of one-day field programs that can be presented at military installations around the United States. The format for each field program is identical to the programs held on Capitol Hill. Please note that each program can be modified to address specific areas of concern to individual agencies/organizations. These programs are also available as online video conferences.


Program Description

In contemporary terms, great powers are those whose interests, aspirations, and influence have global reach. International stability depends to a high degree on the domestic, socio-economic and political forces at work within the great powers themselves.

In 2020, China, Russia, and the United States are clearly the dominant powers. Japan, India, and the association of states in Western and Central Europe are also significant players. Yet is must be understood that in a globalized world there is a profound degree of complex social, economic, and political inter-connectivity of the great power adversaries and will be the driving force behind capability development in subsequent decades in the 21st century.

With a distinguished panel of experts, this seminar will explore both the clash and convergence of interests of the great powers, the alignments they have forged, and the domestic roots of their interactions. Most importantly, the seminar will consider the nature of the international order which is likely to emerge from the current struggle for global mastery.

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

  • North Korea and Great Power Competition
  • The Chinese Dream and the Global Nightmare
  • Demography and the Great Powers’ Destiny
  • Japan: Punching Below its Weight?
  • The Islamic Jihad, Iranian Aspirations, and Great Power Calculations
  • China, India and Africa—A Strategic Triangle of Conflict
  • American Exceptionalism: a Faint Shadow or a Dynamic Force
  • NATO: Transfixed or Transfigured?
  • The Digital Revolution and the Changing Technology of Conflict
  • Brexit, Open Borders, Competition and a Failure of Governance in the EU?
  • MAD, Proliferation, and the Meaning of the Nuclear Balance in the 21st Century
  • Russia as a Destabilizing Force in the International System



A minimum purchase of two one-day programs is required. Please call 703-684-8807 to obtain further information about a field program at your facility.

Great speakers with decades of experience. Really appreciate the experience and perspectives.

Attendee, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course February 2017

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

Excellent course, provided me some valuable insight into important issues. I leave here better equipped as a leader.

H. Hutchison, Air Force

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.

B.K., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar February 2017

The experience and breadth of knowledge of all the speakers was spectacular. Their chosen topics for discussion were absolutely relevant to this audience and we were provided several themes that help to guide our planning assumptions.

J.C., Joint Enabling Capabilities Command • Professional Development Course February 2017