Emerging Technologies

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar and Panel

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Rapidly evolving and emerging technologies—which must be seen within the context of geopolitical transformation—will inevitably alter the USAF’s battlespace, and its role in protecting U.S. national interests in the near term.

The 2017 National Security Strategy and the 2018 National Defense Strategy re-focuses on peer and
near-peer competitors. These competitors are at the forefront of technological advances, often fielding capabilities ahead of the U.S. With the rise of China, the resurgence of Russia, and the nuclearization of rogue states such as Iran and North Korea, the United States is challenged on many fronts.

These adversaries are fielding advanced conventional weapons and new non-kinetic technological and economic capabilities. This special one-day seminar will explore emerging technologies—from computers to biotech to space—and will discuss in depth how these technologies might impact the way we respond to emerging global threats in the coming years.

This program brings together noted specialists in national security and global politics to examine the nature of the emergent threats and the technological transformations shaping global politics and national defense.



This one-day program is broadcast live from the Capitol Hill Club and streamed 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.”



  • Emerging Threats and Why History Still Matters
  • Can America Win the Space Race and Remain a Superpower?
  • Have Hypersonic Weapons Already Transformed the Battlespace?
  • The Tech Wars: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Quantum Computing, Data Science, and Biotech
  • Information Dominance Strategies in 21st Century Warfare
  • The Future Role of the Military in a Kinetics-Averse World
  • Old Alliances and New Alignments in the Digital Age
  • Leveraging Private Initiatives for National Defense
  • The Unseen Battlefields: Cyberspace and Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Do Free Trade and Open Borders Help or Hurt American Technology Development?
  • Are Silicon Valley and the Pentagon on the Same Page?
  • China’s 6G Military Development
  • The Unintended 21st Century Consequences of 20th Century Technology


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

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

Truly outstanding insight/superior historical background and great stories born throughout scars of experience; I attended National War College and they are known for great speakers/first-hand experience - yours were better. Huge thanks; extremely well done!

M. Weaver, Wright Patterson Airforce Base

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

Absolutely enjoyed the program's overall structure. The moderator did a great job of weaving the different topics

D. Merker, Air Force