Commanders Series

General Neller discussed the current state and the future of the US Marine Corps, given a rapidly changing and turbulent global security environment. Called an "innovative strategist" by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, General Neller outlined his priorities for the Marine Corps and discussed how the service can help the United States achieve its strategic defense objectives.

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On December 1, 2015, the Atlantic Council hosted General Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, for a Commanders Series event entitled, "The Future of American Airpower." In a discussion moderated by the Council's Barry Pavel, Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, General Welsh spoke to a distinguished audience of government officials, military personnel, corporate executives, and academics about the current and future state of American airpower. His comments focused in particular on the unique challenges faced by the US Air Force, among them the evolving threat of ISIS, a resurgent Russia, increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, the growing volatility of the space domain, and the uncertainty caused by political and budgetary dynamics here in the United States.

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Head of US Southern Command says terrorists could one day use criminal networks

A demand in the United States for drugs—specifically cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines—is devastating communities across Latin America, says Marine Corps Gen John F. Kelly, Commander of US Southern Command.

Illegal trafficking networks pose not just a security threat, they also have corrosive effects on governance and the rule of law countries in which they operate. In fact, cocaine-related corruption is a significant problem in the police and judiciaries in Central America, Kelly said at the Atlantic Council May 19.

“The reason these countries have these problems is because of drug consumption in the United States,” he said. In every drug deal “there are hundreds of people who have lost their lives in the process of that cocaine being … dealt into the United States.”

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Please join the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security for a Commanders Series event with General John F. Kelly, Commander of US Southern Command, to discuss the future of US defense cooperation in Latin America.

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On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security welcomed Michael Vickers, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, to a public address entitled "Intelligence in a Dynamic World." Vickers discussed current and developing threats from the perspective of intelligence, before looking forward to how we might deal with them.

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Please join the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security on January 21, 2014 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a Commanders Series event with Dr. Michael G. Vickers, under secretary of defense for intelligence, to discuss the role of defense intelligence in tracking consistently morphing security threats at a time when technology has increased the ability of individuals and states to counter US intelligence methods.

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On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security welcomed Admiral Cecil D. Haney, the Commander of US Strategic Command, for a public address entitled "Strategic Deterrence in the Twenty-First Century." For ADM Haney, the United States must keep a credible strategic deterrent to keep threats at bay in a world of diffused power and multiple threats.

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Please join the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security on January 15, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for a Commanders Series event with Admiral Cecil Haney, commander of US Strategic Command, to discuss the role of strategic deterrence in an era of rapidly emerging threats and an increasingly tumultuous world.

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"We Have Been Fighting Extremists for over Thirteen Years Now, and We Are Nowhere Near Finished," CENTCOM Commander Says at the Atlantic Council

In a September 10 address to the nation, US President Barack Obama outlined a four-pronged strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) that included a systematic airstrike campaign, military assistance to the Syrian opposition, and a substantial counterterrorism effort with regional partners and transatlantic allies.

The United States leads a coalition of over thirty partners and allies in a fight with a brutal adversary – one that has a reach that goes far beyond the Middle East.

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Alliance's Commander Says New Force Will Include US Troops


NATO has begun shaping the strengthened presence in Eastern Europe that the Alliance’s leaders approved ten days ago at their summit conference in Wales, its military commander, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said. US troops will be part of the new rapid-response force to be formed with a continuous presence in NATO’s east, alongside soldiers from “several other very, very capable nations” that have volunteered forces, said Breedlove in a speech at the Atlantic Council.

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