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Inclusive National Security

Inclusive National Security (InclusiveNatSec) is a CNA-funded initiative dedicated to fostering discussions on inclusivity in national security among the community of national security professionals who are exploring the implications of structural biases in their work. The seminar series explores what national security thought leaders can do to counter the influence of structural and systemic biases.

In 2021, InclusiveNatSec focused on the theme of Racism and National Security. The virtual event series featured a range of distinguished keynote speakers from government, academia, and the private sector. The theme for 2022 is Gender and National Security with events to be planned throughout the year.

Those who are interested in joining the InclusiveNatSec community can attend an upcoming event, follow the group on Twitter, and join the mailing list.

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Past Events, Season 2

Gender and National Security

This event took place on September 12, 2022.

Metrics and Methods: Assessing Gender Equity in National Security

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat (Global Fellow, Wilson Center) and Carmen A. Medina (retired senior analytics leader and former Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA)

MODERATOR: Julia McQuaid, Principal Research Scientist, Strategy, Policy, and Programs Division

This event took place on June 7, 2022.

AI and National Security: Gender, Race, and Algorithms

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Elizabeth M. Adams (CEO, EMA Advisory Services, Affiliate Fellow Institute for Human-Centered AI, Stanford University.)

MODERATOR: Kaia Haney, Associate Research Analyst, Strategy, Policy, and Programs Division

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This event took place on May 18, 2022.

Inclusivity in Wargaming and Impacts for Defense Planning

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Yuna Huh Wong, Defense Analyst, Joint Advanced Warfighting Division, Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
Dr. Margaret McCown, Deputy Division Chief, Studies, Analysis, and Gaming Division, Joint Staff J8

MODERATOR: Ms. Catherine Lea, Senior Research Scientist, Gaming and Integration Program, CNA

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This event took place on April 27, 2022.

Gender, Sex, Stability, and Security

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Valerie M. Hudson, Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair in the Department of International Affairs and Director of Program on Women, Peace, and Security at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Hawkins, Senior Women, Peace, and Security Advisor, USAID

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This event took place on March 10, 2022.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Lt Col Bree Fram, Deputy Chief of the Acquisition Policies and Processes Division, US Space Force; Co-Lead of the Department of the Air Force Transgender Policy Team 

Moderator: Dr. Máel Embser-Herbert, professor of sociology, Hamline University

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This event took place on February 24, 2022.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Carla Koppell, Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and Senior Advisor and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Moderator: Maryum Saifee, Gender policy expert

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