The Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security on November 27 hosted a discussion with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James A. (Sandy) Winnefeld, Jr.

In an era of divergent threats and decreased budgets, the United States military is pressed to execute a defense strategy that maximizes the limited resources available. While the United States continues to strengthen its capabilities against a range of asymmetric actors, it also must maintain the ability to contend with traditional state powers. During this session, Admiral Sandy Winnefeld discussed these difficult choices and the challenges to national security in the coming decades. 

Admiral Winnefeld began his distinguished military career flying the F-14 Tomcat following his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. His unit commands at sea include leading the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) through her 18th deployment which included combat operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also supported Operation Iraqi Freedom as Commander, Carrier Strike Group TWO/Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. He also served as Commander, United States SIXTH Fleet; Commander NATO Allied Joint Command, Lisbon; and, Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO. He most recently served as the Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).

A discussion with

Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., USN
Vice Chairman
Joint Chiefs of Staff

Introduction by

Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.)
The Scowcroft Group
Chairman, International Advisory Board
Atlantic Council

Moderated by

Mr. Barry Pavel
Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council 


This series is generously sponsored by Saab North America.