Please join the Scowcroft Center’s Forward  Defense program for the latest installment of our Commanders Series, “A conversation with Secretary Frank Kendall on modernizing the US Air and Space Forces.”

Generously supported by Saab, this event will take place on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. ET virtually over Zoom. Register using the form on the right.

While air and space dominance have historically underpinned US military operations, the Joint Force and its allies and partners can no longer rely on this premise as they now fly in contested skies. With commercial innovation creating new opportunities and dilemmas in the air and space domains, the US Department of the Air Force now faces a race for technological superiority with China, which continues to modernize its air and space forces to project power in the Indo-Pacific region.

Against this backdrop, how can the US Department of the Air Force best equip and support US Airmen and Guardians to succeed in twenty-first century security competition with China? Secretary of the US Air Force Frank Kendall’s seven operational imperatives, announced in 2022, provide a vision for optimizing the US Air and Space Forces with effective capabilities to prevail in an era of strategic competition. This event will feature Secretary Kendall expanding upon these imperatives and assessing the Department’s progress toward ensuring warfighting readiness for future air and space warfare.

Join us on October 10 as Secretary of the US Air Force The Hon. Frank Kendall, in conversation with NBC News’ Courtney Kube, discusses the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for the US Air Force as the department postures to prevail against an increasingly assertive Chinese military force.

We hope you can join us for this important and timely discussion. To receive the virtual Zoom link, please complete the registration form on the right-hand side of the screen.

The Commanders Series, generously supported by Saab, is the Atlantic Council’s flagship speakers’ forum for senior military and defense leaders.

Welcome remarks by

Michael Andersson
Board Director, Atlantic Council;
Head of Strategic Partnerships and International Affairs, Saab

Introductory remarks by

Gen James L. Jones, USMC (ret.)
Executive Chairman Emeritus, Atlantic Council;

Former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States

A keynote discussion featuring

The Hon. Frank Kendall, USAF
Secretary of the Air Force, United States Department of the Air Force

Moderated by

Courtney Kube
NBC News Correspondent covering National Security and the Pentagon, NBC News

Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.

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