Please join the Scowcroft Center’s Forward Defense practice for our latest event titled “Maximizing Military Power through Minimizing Bureaucratic Barriers: A Conversation with Gen James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.) and MajGen Arnold Punaro, USMC (Ret.)” This event will take place on Monday, October 18, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please register by clicking the REGISTER button above.

Despite defense spending reaching a historic high, the Department of Defense is getting lower return on its investments today than in the past. Moreover, an outdated acquisition system, high overhead, and rising personnel costs are driving down the size of the American military. In light of China’s surging economic and military power, the Pentagon faces difficult decisions to transform its bureaucratic processes or trail behind. How can the Department of Defense adapt its spending practices to meet today’s most pressing security challenges? This discussion will feature former US National Security Advisor Gen James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.) and Chair of the National Defense Industrial Association MajGen Arnold Punaro,USMC (Ret.), whose recent book titled “The Ever-Shrinking Fighting Force” argues that the Pentagon can grow its warfighting capacity through improving its non-warfighting elements.

General Jones and General Punaro will join us in conversation with the Washington Post Staff Writer and Pentagon Correspondent Missy Ryan to discuss how the United States can effectively respond to an evolving set of security challenges. To receive the virtual Zoom link, please register by completing the registration form below.

This event features:

Welcome remarks by

Frederick Kempe

President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council

A fireside chat featuring

Gen James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.)

Executive Chairman Emeritus, Atlantic Council
Founder, Jones Group International
Former National Security Advisor, US Executive Office to the President

MajGen Arnold Punaro, USMC (Ret.)

Chief Executive Officer, The Punaro Group
Chair of the Board, National Defense Industrial Association
Member, Advisory Council, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council
Author, “The Ever-Shrinking Fighting Force”

Moderated by

Missy Ryan

Staff Writer and Pentagon Correspondent, The Washington Post

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.