Special Operations Policy Forum



New America, the Center on the Future of War and McCain Institute of Arizona State University (ASU), the Global SOF Foundation, and the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College are pleased to extend to you an invitation to attend the Special Operations Policy Forum, to be held at New America’s offices in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 beginning at 8:45AM.

The purpose of the invitation-only forum is to convene senior U.S. government leaders, leading academics, and national security policy professionals on how to confront the unconventional threats facing Special Operations Forces and how the U.S. military and U.S. government should respond to these threats. These questions extend beyond the purely hard-power and kinetic contexts and into the use of soft-power and the provision of SOF in support of foreign nations’ forces. New America, ASU, the Global SOF Foundation, and the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College are privileged to work together on this project and see this as an important step in advancing U.S. SOF policy for the future.

Speakers
MAJ Nicole Alexander
Operations Officer, U.S. Army

Javed Ali
Former Senior Director, Counterterrorism, National Security Council; Policymaker in Residence, University of Michigan

Wendy R. Anderson
General Manager of Defense and National Security, SparkCognition

Peter Bergen
Vice President, Global Studies and Fellows, New America; Board Chairman, Global SOF Foundation

COL (Ret.) Stu Bradin
President and CEO, Global SOF Foundation

BG Matthew Easley, PhD
Director, Army Artificial Intelligence, Army Futures Command

Joshua Geltzer, PhD
Former Senior Director, Counterterrorism, National Security Council; 2018 ASU Future of War Fellow, New America

Luke Hartig
Former Senior Director, Counterterrorism, National Security Council; Fellow, International Security Program, New America

Sinan Hatahet, PhD
Senior Fellow, Omran Center for Strategic Studies

Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew
COO, Global SOF Foundation

Emily King
CEO and Founder, Global Venture Consulting; Fellow, International Security Program, New America

M. Lyla Kohistany
President and Co-Founder, PROMOTE; Director, Government Programs, Cultural Intelligence Center

Ioannis “Gianni” Koskinas
CEO, Hoplite Group; Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America

Nelly Lahoud, PhD
Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America

MSgt Michael MacKay
Enlisted Leader, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

ADM (Ret.) William McRaven
Former Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Azadeh Moaveni
Author of “Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS,” 2018 ASU Future of War Fellow, New America

Rep. Seth Moulton
U.S. Representative, Massachusetts’s 6th District

H.E. Roya Rahmani
Afghan Ambassador to the United States

Nicholas Rasmussen
Former Senior Director, Counterterrorism, National Security Council; Senior Director, McCain Institute

Col Meghan M. Ripple
Senior Military Evaluator, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation

Linda Robinson
Senior International/Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation

Candace Rondeaux
Professor of Practice, Arizona State University; Senior Fellow with the Center on the Future of War

Nate Rosenblatt
Fellow, International Security Program, New America

Daniel Rothenberg, PhD
Co-Director, Center on the Future of War, Arizona State University; Senior Fellow, New America

Melissa Salyk-Virk
Senior Policy Analyst, International Security Program, New America

Peter W. Singer, PhD
Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America

Anne-Marie Slaughter, DPhil
CEO, New America

Rep. Adam Smith
U.S. Representative, Washington’s 9th District

David Spirk
Chief Data Officer, U.S. Special Operations Command

COL Frank Stanco
Chief of Staff of the Army Senior Fellow, New America

David Sterman
Senior Policy Analyst, International Security Program, New America

LTC Kevin M. Trujillo
National Security Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Rep. Michael Waltz
U.S. Representative, Florida’s 6th District

COL (ret.) Isaiah Wilson III, PhD
Director, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College; Fellow, International Security Program, New America

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