The U.S. defense community finds itself facing a new global strategic environment with the bulk of its budget committed to legacy technologies, systems, doctrine and structures. The new threat environment challenges the core strategic infrastructure in a way never before seen. This seminar opens the debate for U.S. options.
As the United States and it historical allies enter the new decade, there are calls for a renewal of Western values and domestic and international unity to confront the emerging threats within a transforming global order. The collapse of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European empire had appeared to usher in a global era of liberal democracy and free-market capitalism, with the United States at its apex as exemplar and guarantor.
This triumphal vision was shattered by the rise of Islamic radicalism, the 2008-2009 financial crisis, a revanchist-minded Russia, and, most decisively, the emergence of an increasingly autocratic China as an economic powerhouse and geopolitical competitor.
The coronavirus pandemic, brought devastation of health and economic well-being, punctuated in the United States by racial strife, political polarization, riots, and an assault on the national Capitol, seemed to reinforce this “season of discontent.” The age of confidence for many was quickly becoming an age of anxiety.
Through a distinguished panelist of experts and commentators, this one-day seminar will address the central threats we face within a troubled but evolving international framework.
This highly interactive program is broadcast live from the Capitol Hill Club and streamed virtually via YouTube (or other available platforms) to military bases and personnel around the world. The program will feature a minimum of four presentations in the morning followed by an open panel discussion in the afternoon. Questions from the attendees will be fielded by the program moderator via “chat.”
- Sovereignty and Globalism: Alternative Paths and False Choices
- The Challenge of Socialism and the Renewal of Democratic Capitalism
- Islam and Liberal Democracy: Convergence, Coexistence, or Conflict
- Economic Growth, Shared Prosperity and Financial Stability: Underpinnings of National Security
- Technology and the Direction of Chinese Military Developments
- Reflections on 20th Century Strategic Technologies and Their Unanticipated Consequences
- Russian Military Modernization—Not to be Underrated
- Have Hypersonic Weapons Already Transformed the Battlespace?
- What are the New Strategic Challenges—And Where Did They Arise?
- How Can Legacy Assets be Transformed to Meet New Threats?
- Maximizing Our Offensive Capabilities to Match Evolving Global Threats
- Are U.S. and Western Interests Still Devoting Sufficient R&D to the Acquisition of Defense Counter Measures?
- The New Environmental Challenges to the Core Strategic Infrastructure
- What is the Role of DoD in Protecting the U.S. Heartland vs Urban Centers?
- The Changing Demands for Creative and Flexible Thinking Assets
The fee for this virtual seminar and panel is $875 per person. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
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
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
Balanced program with multiple views on complex subjects—well worth my time!W.B., Pentagon • Enterprise Perspective Seminar April 2015
Very interesting group of speakers! Best seminar/program I’ve attended in 34 + years.P.F., Air Force • Leadership in a Transformational Age Seminar July 2016
Really Outstanding, will highly recommend to others. Highly professional, thoughtful and experienced classmates greatly added to my positive experience in this class.W. Smith, Pentagon