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Evolving the Future Force

Mar 29, 2018
12:30pm to 5:30pm ET

Washington, DC

Evolving the Future Force is a multi-year project designed to examine how the joint force should adapt to adversary innovations across the spectrum of conflict. State and non-state actors are investing in novel capabilities and concepts of operation that challenge traditional U.S. modes of power projection. U.S. military forces must adapt in order to respond to these challenges. This project explores the necessary attributes and capabilities of a future joint force and how to evolve it in a cost-effective manner. This effort examines opportunities that build on existing programs, capitalizes on emerging technologies, leverages a high-low mix of assets, and experiments with new operational paradigms.

This project will be assisted by a high-level advisory council composed of experts from industry, academia, and former government officials.


  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm
  • 1:00pm – 1:05pm 
    Welcome and Introduction
    Ambassador Victoria Nuland
  • 1:05pm – 1:20pm 
    Shawn Brimley’s Acknowledgement
    The Honorable Michèle Flournoy
  • 1:20pm – 1:35pm 
    Opening Keynote
    The Honorable William J. Lynn III
  • 1:35pm – 2:20pm  
    Finding the Target
    Moderator: Loren DeJonge Schulman
    Panelists: Mackenzie Eaglen, Chris Pehrson, Jim Thomas
  • 2:20pm – 2:35pm
  • 2:35pm – 3:20pm
    Fixing the Target
    Moderator: Susanna Blume
    Panelists: The Honorable Christine Fox, VADM Mark Fox, USN (Ret.), Bob Martinage
  • 3:20pm – 4:05pm
    Finish the Target
    Moderator: Dr. Jerry Hendrix
    Panelists: Dr. Mara Karlin, The Honorable James N. Miller Jr., John Luddy
  • 4:05pm – 4:25pm
    Closing Keynote
    Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Cocktail Reception                                                                         

About the Report

Building the Future Force: Guaranteeing American Leadership in a Contested Environment depicts a future of warfare in which America’s traditional military advantages are tested, and charts a path forward for the future force. This report exemplifies Shawn Brimley’s remarkable contributions to the national defense dialogue – and the next generation of national security professionals – throughout the course of his career.  

  • Susanna V. Blume

    Fellow, Defense Strategies and Assessments, Center for a New American Security

  • Loren DeJonge Schulman

    Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security

  • Mackenzie Eaglen

    Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

  • Michèle Flournoy

    Co-Founder and Managing Director, WestExec Advisors

  • Christine Fox

    Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis, Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Lab

  • Mark Fox

    Corporate Vice President, Customer Relations, Huntington Ingalls Industries

  • Dr. Jerry Hendrix

    Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Strategies and Assessments, Center for a New American Security

  • Dr. Mara Karlin

    Associate Professor and Associate Director, Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins - SAIS

  • John Luddy

    Vice President, National Security Policy Aerospace Industries Association

  • William J. Lynn III

    Chief Executive Officer, Leonardo DRS

  • Bob Martinage

    Principal, Telemus Group

  • Jim Miller

    President, Adaptive Strategies, LLC and  Senior Fellow, Harvard Belfer Center

  • Victoria Nuland

    Chief Executive Officer, Center for a New American Security

  • Christopher Pehrson

    Vice President Strategic Development, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

  • Patrick M. Shanahan

    Deputy Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense

  • Jim Thomas

    Principal, Telemus Group

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