The Future of the Army

September 21, 2016 - 9:30 am

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
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The Future of the Army: Today, Tomorrow, and the Day after Tomorrow


A conversation with:
David Barno
Senior Fellow for Military Affairs and National Security Policy
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Atlantic Council

Nora Bensahel
Senior Fellow for Military Affairs and National Security Policy
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Atlantic Council

Brad Carson
Former Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
US Department of Defense

Moderated by:
Missy Ryan
Reporter
Washington Post

In light of a shrinking force structure and limited resources despite increasing global commitments, the report provides a range of recommendations in three distinct time horizons to help Army leaders build the next Army successfully. From the Army Today, 2016-20, the Army of Tomorrow, 2020-25, and the Army of the Day After Tomorrow, 2025-40+, Barno and Bensahel offer fresh ideas that spark debate, challenge hoary assumptions, and animate the need for change.


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Lieutenant General David Barno is a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the School of International Service at American University. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow and Codirector of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. In his thirty-year active duty Army career, he served in special operations forces with Army Ranger battalions, including combat in both the Grenada and Panama invasions and commanded the 20,000 US and coalition forces in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Following his departure from active duty, General Barno served four years as Director of the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. Concurrently, he was the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans and Families from 2007 to 2009. He currently serves as a member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, advising the Secretary of Defense on Total Force issues. 

A 1976 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, General Barno earned his master's degree in national security studies from Georgetown University. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College. General Barno has received numerous awards for his military and public service.

Dr. Nora Bensahel is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University. She was most recently a Senior Fellow and Codirector of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she previously served as Deputy Director of Studies. 

Prior to CNAS, Dr. Bensahel served as a Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where she authored numerous reports including After Saddam: Prewar Planning and the Occupation of Iraq, and "The Experiences of Foreign Militaries," in Sexual Orientation and US Military Personnel Policy. Dr. Bensahel has also written several book chapters and has published articles in Survival, Journal of Strategic Studies, Joint Force Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Defence Studies, and European Security. 

Dr. Bensahel spent more than a decade as an Adjunct Professor in the Security Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, where she taught MA-level classes and received the Alumni Leadership Council Teaching Award. 

Dr. Bensahel received her PhD and MA degrees from the Department of Political Science at Stanford University and her BA, magna cum laude, from Cornell University (where she serves as a member of the President's Council on Cornell Women). While at Stanford, she worked as a research assistant for former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. She held fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University.

Brad Rogers Carson is an American lawyer and politician from the state of Oklahoma who served as the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness from 2015 to 2016. Carson oversaw the historic opening of all combat positions to women. He also reformed the military retirement system for the first time in 70 years and pushed to open the doors of military service to transgender persons. As Undersecretary, Carson managed all areas of military readiness, military and civilian personnel requirements and training, and military and civilian family matters. From 2014 to 2015 Carson served as Undersecretary of the Army under Secretary John McHugh. As Chief Operating Officer of the Department of the Army, Carson led day-to-day business operations of the global US Army business enterprise, with over 490,000 active duty soldiers, 335,000 National Guard soldiers, 200,000 Army Reserve soldiers, and over 330,000 civilians. Previously, he served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2005, representing Oklahoma’s second district.

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