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Keeping the Edge: Revitalizing America’s Military Officer Corps

Feb 18, 2010
6:20pm to 6:20pm

Willard Intercontinental Hotel
Washington, DC

Click here to read the full Keeping the Edge report.

Click here to watch Gen Mattis' keynote address

To respond to a rapidly changing strategic environment and an ever-growing array of demands, the U.S. military must develop and maintain a high degree of adaptability within its officer corps. Indeed, America relies on its armed forces to perform a wider variety of functions than any other nation in history, and existing methods of training and education may not be sufficient to cultivate the officer corps America will need in the future.

In addition to demonstrating a high degree of proficiency in conventional military operations, officers should also develop broader skill sets and knowledge to cope with a more complicated and rapidly evolving international environment. On February 18, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will release a major report at an event on how the United States can revitalize its military officer corps to meet current national security challenges, and those that lie ahead.


General James N. Mattis, USMC
Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command


Vice Admiral Ann E. Rondeau, USN
President, National Defense University

Lieutenant General David Barno, USA (Ret.)
Director, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at National Defense University

Major General Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF
Deputy Judge Advocate General, U.S. Air Force Headquarters

Dr. John Nagl
President, Center for a New American Security