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


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

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

This is the best and most informative array of speakers I have ever had the pleasure to hear!

K. Buckley, Air Force

The exposure to these experts and their wide and varied opinions was fascinating for me. Making sense of the world we live in and overlaying that with U.S. national security interests is the “Kobayashi Maru” of our time…loved it!!!

T.K., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar March 2017

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