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Please join the Scowcroft Center‘s Forward Defense practice area for a public conversation on “The Five Revolutions: Examining Defense Innovation in the Indo-Pacific Region,” featuring keynote remarks from former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright. This event will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST via Zoom. To join us, please register by clicking the REGISTER button above and completing the form below.

In only the last few years, the Indo-Pacific region has become an increasingly dynamic environment for defense innovation. China’s rapid military modernization and increasingly aggressive behavior have prompted parallel technology investments by other Indo-Pacific nations. This significant acceleration will likely impact the balance of power in this prominent region for great-power competition. Moreover, the trends and developments currently underway in the Indo-Pacific may be indicative of the future conduct of warfare among great and middle powers around the world.

This event will feature the launch of a new report by Forward Defense, titled The Five Revolutions: Examining Defense Innovation in the Indo-Pacific Region, authored by nonresident senior fellow Tate Nurkin and produced in partnership with Thales USA.

We will be joined by Thales North America CEO Alan Pellegrini and former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright for opening remarks. The panel will include Indo-Pacific security experts Jon Grevatt, Rukmani Gupta, and report author Tate Nurkin for a panel discussion on the emerging trends, technologies, and concepts that will define the future of competition and warfare in the Indo-Pacific region.

The report explores major drivers of defense innovation in the region, including Chinese military modernization, hybrid and gray-zone threats, and increased activity in the space, cyber, and electromagnetic domains. This study advances a new “Five Revolutions” framework to capture defense technology and investment efforts in the region, focused on the intended military effects of new capabilities rather than on their technological characteristics alone. Mr. Nurkin posits key takeaways and policy implications for the United States and its Indo-Pacific allies and partners

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an important and timely discussion. To receive the virtual Zoom link, please register by completing the registration form below.

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