US Military Strategy and Great Power Competition with Gen Joseph Dunford

March 21, 2019 - 10:30 am

1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC


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 part of the Atlantic Council's Commanders Series, generously supported by Saab North America.

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



General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC is the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman on October 1, 2015, General Dunford served as the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps. He previously served as the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps from 2010 to 2012 and was commander, International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan from February 2013 to August 2014. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, General Dunford graduated from Saint Michael's College and was commissioned in 1977. He has served as an infantry officer at all levels, to include command of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, and command of the 5th Marine Regiment during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. General Dunford also served as the assistant division commander of the 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps director of operations, and Marine Corps deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations. He commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force and served as the commander, Marine Forces US Central Command. His Joint assignments include duty as the executive assistant to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, chief of the Global and Multilateral Affairs Division (J-5), and vice director for Operations on the Joint Staff (J-3). A graduate of the US Army Ranger School, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, and the US Army War College, General Dunford also earned master’s degrees in Government from Georgetown University and in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Barbara Starr is CNN's Pentagon correspondent, based in Washington, DC. Starr provides viewers with the latest national security news each day from the Pentagon, working her sources to report on the military campaigns against ISIS, investigations in terror attacks and military and intelligence operations. Throughout her career, Starr has profiled numerous wounded troops, the plight of homeless veterans and reported on the fallen regularly from Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Starr joined CNN in 2001 from ABC News where she had worked since 1998 as a producer for the network's news originating from the Pentagon, providing on- and off-air reporting on military and national security affairs. She also reported for Nightline, World News This Morning, World News Now, ABC Radio and Previously, Starr was the Washington, DC bureau chief for Jane's Defense Weekly, a London-based weekly news magazine. Before Jane's, Starr worked as a correspondent for Business Week from 1979-1988. Based in the magazine's Washington, DC bureau, she served as energy correspondent, covering OPEC and other environmental and economic matters. Starr graduated from California State at Northridge with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.