On October 18, the Atlantic Council held its annual conference on transatlantic missile defense. This year’s conference focused on the progress of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), the implementation of its second phase, and the future of transatlantic missile defense.

The conference featured an opening briefing and an update on the EPAA by Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly from the Missile Defense Agency, a keynote address on the administration’s goals for the NATO Chicago Summit by Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher; and two panels assessing progress to date and the future of transatlantic missile defense featuring leading American and European experts.  


European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA): Phase II | TRANSCRIPT

Provide an update on progress of EPAA at the end of Phase I, a brief on EPAA’s Phase II and the future of transatlantic missile defense.

President’s Welcome:

  • Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council

Opening Briefing:

  • Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, Director, Missile Defense Agency


  • Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Atlantic Council

Keynote Address: Transatlantic Missile Defense: A Global Perspective |

Keynote Speech: 

  • The Honorable Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, US Department of State – Prepared Remarks


  • Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council

Transatlantic Missile Defense: Assessing Progress to Date and the Future |

Assess the strategy for establishing a transatlantic missile defense capability, the progress to date in its implementation, and the diplomatic, budgetary, and operational challenges that lie before NATO leaders at the Chicago Summit and beyond.


  • Barry Pavel, Director, International Security Program, Atlantic Council


  • John Plumb, Principal Director, Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, US Department of Defense
  • Dov Zakheim, Senior Fellow, CNA Corporation
  • David Mosher, Assistant Director for National Security, Congressional Budget Office
  • James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, NATO Headquarters

European Views on Transatlantic Missile Defense

Attain European perspectives on EPAA, its implementation, the future of NATO missile defense, and the challenges of building a transatlantic missile defense architecture.


  • Boyko Noev, former Minister of Defense of Bulgaria, Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group


  • Bruno Gruselle, Senior Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique
  • Tomáš Valášek, Director of Foreign Policy and Defence, Centre for European Reform
  • Michael Rance, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
  • Gülnur Aybet, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, School of Politics and International Relations University of Kent at Canterbury

New Atlanticist Analysis

Media Mentions

This conference is generously sponsored by Raytheon.

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