Please join the Atlantic Council for a public conversation on “US Military Strategy in the Era of Great-Power Competition: A Conversation with General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff” as part of the Atlantic Council’s Commanders Series.

General Joseph F. Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will join us to kick-off the 10th Anniversary of the Council’s Commanders Series at the Atlantic Council’s Headquarters (1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators, Washington, DC 20005).

The US National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy make clear that the United States is facing renewed and long-term great-power competition. The United States’ military is now facing technologically sophisticated adversaries intent on undermining the US-led global order. Russia’s military buildup and grey zone activities threaten European security and prosperity, while China’s growing political, economic, technological, and military assertiveness challenges the US and its partners in Asia and beyond. Meanwhile, North Korea’s nuclear saber-rattling and Iran’s hostile activities also pose threats to the United States and its allies. In this era of great-power competition, US military strategy requires significant adaptation and agility, as US armed forces must be prepared to be tested in ways we have not seen for decades.

As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dunford is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council. Drawing on more than four decades of distinguished service in the US Marine Corps, General Dunford will join us to discuss the US military priorities of today and into the 2020s. In this conversation moderated by CNN’s Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr, General Dunford will focus on challenges to US military superiority; US military approaches to combating long-term threats; and maintaining dominance and lethality in all domains (air, sea, land, space, and cyber).

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This event is open to press and on the record.

The Commanders Series, generously supported by Saab, is the Atlantic Council’s flagship speakers’ forum for senior military and defense leaders. The series provides a platform to discuss current strategic issues with an impressive audience drawn from across Washington’s policy community, including think tanks, media, industry, embassies, and the US government.

US Military Strategy in the Era of Great Power Competition:

A Conversation with General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

A Conversation with:

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC


Joint Chiefs of Staff

Moderated by:

Barbara Starr

Pentagon Correspondent