Future of War Conference 2016


The Future of War Conference brings together a collection of experts to address key issues and challenges arising from the changing nature of conflict and war. The conference is part of an initiative linking New America, a nonpartisan research public policy institute and civic enterprise, and Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest public research universities. It will be held on March 10 at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

CNN is the media partner for the event which will also be live-streamed.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • General Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army;
  • Admiral John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations;
  • General Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps;
  • Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command;
  • Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle, Principle Deputy Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense and former Deputy Commandant for Aviation, U.S. Marine Corps;
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America and former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. State Department;
  • James O’Brien, Senior Vice President of University Affairs, Arizona State University;
  • Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King’s College London;
  • Peter W. Singer, New America Strategist and Senior Fellow and author, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War;
  • Sharon Burke, New America Fellow and former Assistant Secretary of Defense;
  • George Poste, Chief Scientists and Regent’s Professor, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University;
  • Christian Davenport, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan;
  • Abdalaziz Alhamza, Co-founder, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently;
  • Michael Semple, former Deputy Director to the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan;
  • Nir Rosen, Special Advisor, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and journalist;
  • Maj. Gen. (ret.) Maggie Woodard, Former Director of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force and former Commander of 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa;
  • Lt. Gen. (ret.) Rusty Findley, Former Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base and former Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, U.S. Central Command;
  • Lt. Gen. (ret.) Ben Freakley, Former Commanding General, United States Army Accessions Command and former Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division;
  • Rob Johnson, Director, Changing Character of War Project, Oxford University;
  • Will H. Moore, Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University;
  • Douglas Ollivant, ASU and New America Future of War Senior Fellow, former Director for Iraq at the National Security Council, and Partner, Mantid International;
  • Janine di Giovanni, Middle East Editor, Newsweek;
  • David Kilcullen, Founder and Chairman, Caerus Global Solutions and New America Future of War Senior Fellow;
  • Sharon Weinberger, National Security Reporter, The Intercept;
  • Vivian Salama, U.S. Political Editor and former Baghdad Bureau Chief, Associated Press;
  • Major Joe Byerly, U.S. Army blogger, The Green Notebook and Founding Member, The Military Writers Guild;
  • T. Gibbons Neff, Staff Writer, Washington Post and former infantryman, U.S. Marine Corps;
  • Tom Ricks, New America Senior Advisor for National Security and Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy;
  • Peter Bergen, New America Vice President, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University, and author of the new book United States of Jihad.

March 10, 2016

8 A.M. – 6 P.M. EST


March 10


Washington, DC

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