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National Security Seminar Events | 2021 Season

National Security in a Post-Pandemic World

The COVID-19 pandemic had implications for national security, affecting US security partnerships, operations, and logistics, and the health and safety of government and military personnel. The 2021 National Security Seminar series considered ways in which the pandemic reshaped the contours of the national security landscape and explored challenges the US faced in a changed world. The series drew upon a wealth of expertise from across the organization to spotlight emerging issues and altered trajectories that national security leaders needed to consider as they look to the future.

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Threats (Part 2)

Reimagining Defense Strategy

This event took place on September 23.

Featuring: Christian Brose, Chief Strategy Officer, Anduril Industries and former Staff Director, Senate Armed Services Committee and Carter Malkasian, CNA and former Special Assistant for Strategy to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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Preparing for Tomorrow’s Threats (Part 1)

Overcoming Obstacles to Organize, Adapt, and Innovate 

This event took place on September 16.

Featuring: General James T. Conway (USMC, ret.), 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dr. Jamie M. Morin, former Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Department of Defense and Dr. Francis G. Hoffman, Distinguished Research Fellow, National Defense University

Moderator: Dr. Carter Malkasian, CNA

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Viral Extremism

COVID, Violent Extremist Organizations, and U.S. Counterterrorism Policy

This event took place on June 7.

Featuring: Mr. John Cohen, Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention, Department of Homeland Security,  Lieutenant General (Ret.) Michael Nagata, CACI Strategic Advisor & Senior VP, former Director of Strategic Operational Planning for the US National Counterterrorism Center and Ms. Pamela Faber, Research Scientist, CNA

Moderator: Dr. Megan McBride, Research Analyst, CNA

Under a Watchful Eye

Implications of Surveillance Technology Use in Democratic and Authoritarian States

This event took place on March 12.

Featuring: Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Associate Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas and Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick, Senior Research Scientist, China and Indo-Pacific Affairs Division, CNA

Moderator: Dr. Dave Broyles, Director, Special Activities and Intelligence Program, CNA

Countering Domestic Violent Extremism: Drivers, Challenges, and What Comes Next

This event took place on March 2.

Featuring: Mr. Thomas K. Plofchan III, Senior Advisor, Institute for Public Research, CNA, Dr. William Rosenau, Senior Policy Historian, CNA and Dr. Megan McBride, Research Analyst, Center for Stability and Development, CNA

Moderator: Dr. Eric V. Thompson, Vice President and Director, Strategy, Policy, Plans & Programs Division, CNA

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