About the series

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. In 2019, the Atlantic Council hosted then-Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph F. Dunford, and then-Chief of Naval Operations John M. Richardson.

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Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Forging the Army’s future

1:00pm Washington DC

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Tue, Jul 21, 2020

North Star: The first Department of the Air Force Arctic strategy

ONLINE EVENT – The Secretary of the Air Force and two members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff launch the Air Force’s Arctic Strategy, the Department of the Air Force’s first service-specific strategy for the region.


Thu, May 28, 2020

War against the invisible: Heroism and sacrifice in the National Guard’s response to the coronavirus

ONLINE EVENT – Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, joins the Atlantic Council’s Commanders Series to discuss stories of heroism from the National Guard’s response to the Coronavirus and the Guard’s plans to move forward while the pandemic continues.


Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Forging the Army’s future

GEN John M. Murray, Commanding General of Army Futures Command (AFC), joins the Atlantic Council’s Commanders Series to discuss how AFC is reinventing innovation in the Army.

1:00pm Washington DC

Tue, Jan 28, 2020

Professionals discuss logistics: The role of TRANSCOM in great-power competition

In this installment of the Commanders Series, TRANSCOM Commander Stephen R. Lyons discusses the challenge of preparing for the future of conflict while maintaining logistical commitments to current US deployments worldwide.

11:00am Washington DC

Tue, Jan 14, 2020

The future Army in great-power competition: A conversation with Army Chief of Staff James McConville

In a renewed era of great-power competition, Army Chief of Staff James C. McConville joins the Atlantic Council’s Commanders Series to discusses how the Army is preparing itself for the future of geostrategic competition and military conflict.

9:00am Washington DC

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Thu, Mar 29, 2018

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Thu, May 4, 2017

Commanders Series Event with Chief of Staff of the Army General Mark Milley

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Tue, Dec 20, 2016

A Call for the Transatlantic Community to Stand Up to Russia

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Wed, Jul 13, 2016

US SOUTHCOM: A Strategic Look with ADM Kurt W. Tidd

On July 13 the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a Commanders Series event with Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, the Commander of US Southern Command, on US SOUTHCOM’s strategy for Latin America. The issues discussed included the strategy that SOUTHCOM was asked to execute, how SOUTHCOM aims to execute that strategy, and […]

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