November 01, 2021

“CNAS Mission Brief”: New Speaker Series to Feature Deep-Dive Discussions with Military and Civilian Leaders on Future Defense Strategy

Washington, Nov 1, 2021—The United States is at a critical juncture as it seeks to keep pace with China and Russia’s military modernization and adapt its defense strategy, force structure, posture, and operations to retain critical warfighting advantages. Beyond the big picture debates about how to compete with China and Russia, though, what must be done across the service branches, at all levels, to better prepare the nation to prevail in potential future conflicts?

The new “CNAS Mission Brief” speaker series will feature deep-dive discussions with the military and civilian leaders driving strategy and future force planning to delve into how the Department of Defense and the Services are innovating and preparing for future strategic and operational challenges. Conversations will cover a wide array of topics including future defense strategy and force design, new operational concepts, and crucially, balancing readiness with ongoing operations.

The inaugural “CNAS Mission Brief” will feature a conversation on designing the next generation Air Force with Lieutenant General Clint Hinote, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements.

The second “CNAS Mission Brief” speaker will be Dr. Mara Karlin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategies, Plans, and Capabilities.

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