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 2020, the Atlantic Council hosted Chief of Staff of the US Army General James C. McConville, Commander of US Transportation Command General Stephen R. Lyons, Commanding General of the US Army Futures Command General John M. Murray, then-Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Joseph L. Lengyel, Department of the Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett, then-Chief of Staff of the US Air Force General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Space Operations General John W. Raymond, and former US National Security Advisors General James L. Jones, the Honorable Robert McFarlane, and Ambassador John R. Bolton.

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Mon, Oct 19, 2020

The future of US national security


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Mon, Oct 19, 2020

The future of US national security

Public Event An #ACELECTIONS2020 and COMMANDERS SERIES Event: Former National Security Advisors Gen James L. Jones, the Hon. Robert McFarlane, and Amb. John R. Bolton address key security threats and priorities for the next Presidential administration and beyond.

10:00am China Coronavirus Crisis Management Defense Policy

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

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

Public Event 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.

1:30pm ONLINE EVENT Defense Policy Energy & Environment Intelligence National Security

Thu, May 28, 2020

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

Public Event 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.

3:30pm ONLINE EVENT Coronavirus Crisis Management National Security United States and Canada

Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Forging the Army’s future

Public Event 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 Defense Policy Defense Technologies National Security Security & Defense

Tue, Jan 28, 2020

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

Public Event 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 Defense Industry Defense Policy Defense Technologies Maritime Security

Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Commanders Series with General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marines Corps

General Neller discussed the current state and the future of the US Marine Corps, given a rapidly changing and turbulent global security environment. Called an “innovative strategist” by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, General Neller outlined his priorities for the Marine Corps and discussed how the service can help the United States achieve its strategic […]

Commanders Series by Brent Scowcroft Center

Tue, Dec 1, 2015

The Future of American Airpower: A Conversation with General Mark A. Welsh III

On December 1, 2015, the Atlantic Council hosted General Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, for a Commanders Series event entitled, “The Future of American Airpower.” In a discussion moderated by the Council’s Barry Pavel, Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, […]

Commanders Series by Alex Ward

Wed, May 20, 2015

US Drug Habit Deadly for Latin America

Head of US Southern Command says terrorists could one day use criminal networks A demand in the United States for drugs—specifically cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines—is devastating communities across Latin America, says Marine Corps Gen John F. Kelly, Commander of US Southern Command. Illegal trafficking networks pose not just a security threat, they also have corrosive […]

Commanders Series by Ashish Kumar Sen

Colombia Latin America

Tue, May 19, 2015

The Future of US Defense Cooperation in Latin America

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security for a Commanders Series event with General John F. Kelly, Commander of US Southern Command, to discuss the future of US defense cooperation in Latin America.

Commanders Series

Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Under Secretary of Defense Michael Vickers Discusses the Role of Intelligence in a Dynamic World

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security welcomed Michael Vickers, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, to a public address entitled “Intelligence in a Dynamic World.” Vickers discussed current and developing threats from the perspective of intelligence, before looking forward to how we might deal with them.

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