Turbulence in American Defense Policy
The theme of the 60th Assembly is Turbulence in American Defense Policy. This translates into examining major technological and societal changes that are challenging the US at the interstate, intrastate, and domestic levels. Unfortunately, do to resource constraints, this year’s Assembly is open to USAFA permanent party and cadets, PME students, and local civilian schools. We hope to restore the Assembly to its traditional format in AY 2019-2020.
Past Academy Assemblies
The Future of American Defense Policy
Inside The Wire: American Security and Cyber Warfare
The U.S. and Southern Africa: Progress, Potential, and Stable States
America’s Challenges in an Unstable World: Balancing Security with Liberty
Global Governance: The Role of States and International Organizations
Spreading Democracy: America’s Obligation?
U.S. Canada Relations: Bridging the Common Border
South America: Challenges and Opportunities for Prosperity, Justice and Security
Dismantling Terrorism: Developing Actionable Solutions for Today’s Plague of Violence
Recent Assembly Speakers
Dr. Henry Nau, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
Admiral Michael S. Rogers, Commander, United States Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service
Ambassador Michael McFaul Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute
Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr. Former U.S. Ambassador to China
Vikram J. Singh Deputy Asst. SECDEF for South and Southeast Asia Office of the Asst. SECDEF for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs
Erin Conaton, Air Force Under Secretary
James E. Cartwright, Vice-Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff
Recent Truman Lecturers
Dr. Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
General David H. Petraeus
Major General (currently National Security Adviser to the Preseident) H. R. McMaster
Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution
Robert Kaplan, is a national correspondent for The Atlantic
Senator Alan Simpson
Senator Bob Kerry
Congresswoman (currently AF Sec) Heather Wilson
Student round tables are the core of the Assembly. Students meet in roughly 10-member round table groups to consider topics related to the main conference theme. Distinguished experts in that field facilitate the round tables. During the round table sessions, delegates will seek to explore in depth a sub-topic under the guidance of their round table leader. Each round table builds on the previous one, tackling a different aspect of the central theme. The keynote address, informal discussions and round table deliberations provide delegates and senior participants the opportunity to learn from and interact with distinguished persons directly involved in our national policy making process. As always, this year’s Assembly will bring together a diverse group of scholars, senior government executives, theorists and practitioners.
How to Prepare
You may also want to view the Director’s Picks, a collection of background readings which will assist in preparation for the conference, in particular the fluidity of the round table discussions. The Director’s Picks for this years Academy Assembly will be provided closer to the event. Among the various speaker presentations, there will also be an academic panel which brings together four of our guest speakers.
This year’s Academy Assembly will have no conference fee. In addition, all meals, lodging, and transportation from/to either the Denver or Colorado Springs airport and the Academy will be provided free of charge.
The only expense that delegates will be expected to pay is travel to and from the conference.
The dress code for all events is business casual.