Disrupting Defense: Dynamic Security in an Age of New Technologies

May 14, 2014 - 8:00 am

1030 15th Street, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC

Please join the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security on May 14, when we will convene experts to discuss how the United States and its allies can manage the security-related challenges and possibilities of disruptive technologies.

This high-level event will focus on four topics:
  1. How emerging technologies already are disrupting geopolitics
  2. Defining a new US strategy to operate in this new environment
  3. How the US Department of Defense funds technological breakthroughs
  4. Leveraging the creativity of artists and screenwriters to envision future wars

The conference will conclude with live technology demonstrations and a reception in which participants will see first-hand examples of these disruptive technologies.
A full agenda is available below

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8:00 - 8:30 a.m. | Reception and Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35 a.m. | Welcome
Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council | @FredKempe
8:35 - 9:30 a.m. | Opening Keynote: Planning for a Dynamic World
Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Department of Defense | @Martin_Dempsey
Introduction: Brent Scowcroft, International Advisory Board Chairman, Atlantic Council
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. | Disrupting Geopolitics
Mathew Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
Andrew R. Hoehn, Senior Vice President, Research and Analysis, RAND Corporation
Moisés Naím, Senior Associate, International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | @MoisesNaim
Moderator: Francis Rose, Host, “In Depth,” Federal News Radio | @FRoseDC
10:45 - 10:55 a.m. | Coffee Break
10:55 - 12:10 p.m. | The New World We Face, The New Strategy We Need
Stephen J. Hadley, former National Security Advisor
James N. Miller, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; President, Adaptive Strategies LLC
Moderator: Barry Pavel, Vice President and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council | @BarryPavel
12:10 - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. | Afternoon Keynote: Betting on Breakthrough Defense Technologies
George Lund, Chairman, Torch Hill Investment Partners; Vice Chairman, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, US Department of Defense | @DARPA
ModeratorVago Muradian, Editor, Defense News | @defense_news
2:15 - 2:25 p.m. | Coffee Break
2:25 - 3:40 p.m. | Preparing the Military for Coming Challenges
James E. Cartwright, Harold Brown Chair, Defense Policy Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Rebecca Grant, President, IRIS Independent Research
Patrick O’Reilly, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
Moderator: Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One | @DefenseBaron
3:40 - 3:50 p.m. | Coffee Break
3:50 - 5:00 p.m. | The Art of Future War
David Anthony, Director and Writer, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 
David Brin, Scientist, Author, and Tech-Futurist | @DavidBrin
August Cole, Adjunct Fellow, American Security Project | @august_cole
Moderator: Steven Grundman, M.A. and George Lund Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council | @SteveGrundman
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Reception and Dynamic Displays

After a full conference discussing what these new technologies are capable of, come see them for yourself! Displays will include some of the technologies mentioned throughout the day and experience first-hand why they are considered disruptive.

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