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 2021, the Atlantic Council hosted then-Acting Secretary of the US Army Dr. John E. Whitley, Chief of Staff of the US Army General James C. McConville, Commander of US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Tod D. Wolters, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and then-Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John E. Hyten.

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Past Commanders Series events

Event Recap

May 31, 2022

Secretary Christine Wormuth on how the US Army will support Biden’s forthcoming National Defense Strategy

By Juliette Renaut

Secretary Wormuth discusses the Army’s role in implementing the Biden administration’s strategic priorities, particularly amid an intensifying war in Ukraine and a sustained China threat in the Indo-Pacific theater.

Defense Policy Defense Technologies

Event Recap

Mar 9, 2022

General Dickinson describes how USSPACECOM safeguards US interests in space

By Madison Littlepage

The Commander of US Space Command General James H. Dickinson explains how the United States prepares for and responds to security threats in space as part of Forward Defense’s Commanders Series.

Defense Industry Missile Defense

Commanders Series

Oct 5, 2018

The Next Battle of the Atlantic? A Conversation with Admiral James G. Foggo on Transatlantic Security

By Conor Rodihan

On October 5, 2018, the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Security Initiative, part of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, hosted a public discussion with Admiral James G. Foggo, III, commander, US Naval Forces Europe; US Naval Forces Africa; and Allied Joint Force Command Naples, on NATO’s deterrence posture and Allied efforts to reinforce the maritime […]

NATO Security & Defense
General Robert Neller, Commandant of the US Marine Corps, speaks with moderator Kevin Baron during a Commanders Series event at the Atlantic Council.

Commanders Series

Mar 29, 2018

US Marine Corps: A Strategic Look with General Neller

By Joanna Jaworska

On March 29, the Atlantic Council hosted Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller for a strategic look at the US Marine Corps. The event featured a moderated discussion led by Kevin Baron, Executive Editor of Defense One.

Commanders Series

May 4, 2017

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

By Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative

On May 4, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security hosted Chief of Staff of the Army General Mark Milley at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in downtown Washington DC. Dr. Nora Bensahel interviewed General Milley after his opening statements and a welcome by former Secretary of the Army John […]

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