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Defense Discussions

The CNAS Defense Program hosts key thought leaders in defense and national security, enabled by the close relationships we have cultivated through years of impactful research and analysis. We provide a platform for these leaders to amplify their message and educate a broad public audience through two distinct speaker series.

Fireside Chats

The Defense Program’s Fireside Chats, hosted by Senior Defense Fellow and Director of the Defense Program Dr. Stacie Pettyjohn, feature the most senior military and civilian leaders from the U.S. Department of Defense and pivotal allies and partner nations. These discussions range in topic, from the future defense strategy to U.S. Service readiness to integration between the United States and allies. Recent guests include General Sir Nicholas Carter, UK Chief of the Defence Staff, and the Honorable Frank Kendall III, Secretary of the Air Force.

Mission Brief

The CNAS Mission Brief speaker series, hosted by Defense Fellow Becca Wasser, features 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 cover a wide array of topics including future defense strategy and force design, new operational concepts, and crucially, balancing readiness with ongoing operations. Past speakers include the Lt. General Hinote, Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements, and Dr. Mara Karlin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities, among others.

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