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The Contested Commons: The Next Challenge to American Power

Jan 26, 2010
1:30pm to 4:00pm ET

The Newseum’s Knight Conference Center
Washington, DC



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The global commons – sea, airspace, space and cyberspace – form the backbone of the international economy and political order in ways that few appreciate or realize. Since World War II, the United States has enjoyed dominance within the commons, ensuring the freedom of the seas and the ability of individuals and states to traverse much of the world. Yet this dominance is becoming increasingly contested. A string of high-profile examples all point to a future of increased tension and complexity throughout the global commons and the end of the long era of uncontested U.S. dominance.


Admiral Gary Roughead, USN
Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

General Carrol Chandler, USAF
Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force

Norman A. Augustine
Former Chairman, Defense Science Board

Dr. James Mulvenon
Director, Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis

Abraham Denmark
Fellow, Center for a New American Security