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Please join Forward Defense, a new practice area in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, for our inaugural event, “War Stories from the Future,” featuring General James Jones, General James Cartwright, Max Brooks, August Cole, and Valerie Jackson. This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. EDT via the Zoom video-conference platform. To receive the Zoom link, please register by clicking the REGISTER button above.

Forward Defense helps the United States and its allies and partners contend with great-power competitors and maintain favorable balances of power. This new practice area produces Forward-looking analyses of the trends, technologies, and concepts that will the future of warfare, and the alliances needed for the 21st century.

To formulate effective defense strategies and policies today, we need to understand where we are headed, and Forward Defense employs a number of innovative methodologies to help grasp the future of warfare. Narrative fiction is one such methodology with a special power to elucidate the response of people and institutions to complex challenges, while animating foresight into alternative futures. Against the imposing backdrop of one of the greatest challenges of our lifetimes, the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will ask two distinguished military leaders, two artists, and a military historian what the art of narrative can do to color the intellectual palette of thinking about security and defense. The event features:

Introductory & keynote remarks by

A panel discussion with

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Forward Defense (FD) helps the United States and its allies and partners contend with great-power competitors and maintain favorable balances of power. This new practice area in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security produces Forward-looking analyses of the trends, technologies, and concepts that will define the future of warfare, and the alliances needed for the 21st century. Through the futures we forecast, the scenarios we wargame, and the analyses we produce, FD develops actionable strategies and policies for deterrence and defense, while shaping US and allied operational concepts and the role of defense industry in addressing the most significant military challenges at the heart of great-power competition.