Please join the Scowcroft Center‘s Forward Defense practice for our latest event, “The Next National Defense Strategy and the Imperative of Closer Cooperation with Allies.” This public event will take place on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EST via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please register by clicking the REGISTER button above.

The National Defense Strategy (NDS), to be published in early 2022, is one of the most important documents the Biden administration will produce. As the United States confronts a range of multifaceted and simultaneous security challenges, from strategic competition with China and Russia to violent extremism, disinformation, and climate change, the 2022 NDS will provide a blueprint for navigating these threats and revitalizing US global leadership.

This Forward Defense event will convene current and former senior government officials, experts, and industry executives to discuss the biggest takeaways for the NDS and how the United States will meet future defense challenges in cooperation with allies and partners. Speakers include former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment the Honorable Ellen Lord, and former CIA Director and Commander of Central Command General David Petraeus.

The event also mark the release of a new Atlantic Council Strategy Paper, Seizing the Advantage: A Vision for the Next US National Defense Strategy, which articulates a vision and key recommendations for the next NDS, including:

  1. A more active role for the Department of Defense in growing hybrid warfare challenges;
  2. A new operational concept that embraces joint (i.e., among the US military services and their respective domains) and combined (i.e., among the United States and its allies and partners) warfighting;
  3. Investment and divestment priorities to build a data-driven force of the future; and
  4. A rebalance in force posture away from the Middle East and toward a more globally oriented model.

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. The event features:

The strategic environment and major imperatives for the next NDS

A panel discussion featuring:

General James E. Cartwright, USMC (Ret.)

Board Director, Atlantic Council; Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Department of Defense; Former Commander, Strategic Command, US Department of Defense

The Honorable Ellen M. Lord

Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory; Former Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition and Sustainment, US Department of Defense

General David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.)

Board Director, Atlantic Council; Former Director, CIA; Former Commander, Central Command, the Surge in Iraq, and Coalition/US Forces in Afghanistan, US Department of Defense

Moderated by:

Mr. Barry Pavel

Senior Vice President and Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council; Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy, US National Security Council

Perspectives from allies

Video remarks featuring:

Mr. Peter Tesch

Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Policy, and Industry, Australian Department of Defence

Mr. Dominic Wilson

Director General, Security Policy, UK Ministry of Defence

Strategic competition in practice

A panel discussion featuring:

Evanna Hu

Ms. Evanna Hu

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Forward Defense, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Mr. Arun Iyer

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Forward Defense, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Mr. David Ochmanek

Senior International/Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Force Development, US Department of Defense

Dr. Stacie Pettyjohn

Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Program, Center for a New American Security

Moderated by:

Lt Col Tyson Wetzel, USAF

Senior US Air Force Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council; Coauthor, Seizing the Advantage: A Vision for the Next US National Defense Strategy

Read the Atlantic Council Strategy Paper


Dec 22, 2021

Seizing the advantage: A vision for the next US national defense strategy

By Clementine G. Starling, Tyson Wetzel, Christian Trotti

In this latest installment of the Atlantic Council Strategy Papers series, Forward Defense’s Clementine Starling, Lt Col Tyson Wetzel, and Christian Trotti articulate their vision and recommendations for the next US National Defense Strategy, including clearer prioritization, investments and divestments, reposturing of US forces, a new warfighting concept, and a focus on transnational threats like hybrid warfare and climate change.

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