The Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a strategy session for Robert Scher, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities, on Thursday, May 14, 2015. This session brought together noted strategists and security and defense experts to discuss the most pressing strategic priorities for the Department of Defense.
After giving the audience a taste for what the Pentagon is like under new leadership, Mr. Scher fielded questions and noted advice from the congregated experts. The discussion touched upon what to do about ISIS, how the offset strategy would be implemented, military contractors, and the events in Ukraine and Russia.
The purpose of Atlantic Council strategy sessions is to offer officials the opportunity to share ideas and to hear from prominent figures in their field. As well as opening a dialogue, this series aims to promote productive relationships between the Atlantic Council and the guest speaker. For this event, participants included military, industry, consultants, and Atlantic Council representatives.