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Army War College Strategy Conference 2013:  The Future of American Landpower, April 9-11

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The Army War College Strategy Conference 2013, April 9-11, will focus on the Future of American Landpower. Senior leaders, policy-makers and experts will share insights and engage with conference participants about Landpower with respect to rival power transitions, social and political revolutions, international organized crime, the changing nature of alliances and partnerships, and the role of the military in advancing U.S. foreign policy.

The Defense Department’s Strategic Choices and Management Review will address all past assumptions, systems and practices – examining the choices that underlie Defense strategy force posture, investments and institutional management.

The Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno will participate in the Strategy Conference hosted by the Army War College to contribute timely examanation of the Landpower implications of policy decisions.

The Army War College is collaborating with distinguished speakers who study, develop, and execute national security policy – including Gen. Odierno, Dr. John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago,  Dr. Andrew Krepinevich of the Center for Strategic  and Budgetary Assessments,  and Margaret Warner of the PBS NewsHour – as they discuss and debate the Future of American Landpower at the 2013 Strategy Conference in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 

Recognizing a new era to reduce the costs of physical conference attendance, Strategy Conference 2013 is designed for virtual interaction by remote participants with livestream video and a robust capability to receive and respond to questions raised in emails and #USAWCstratconf tweets.  "We know many conferences have been cancelled across the Army and the College is doing its part to make no-cost participation possible," said Professor Doug Lovelace, director of the Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute.

"The Future of American Landpower is too important a topic now to not have this dialogue,” said Lovelace.

Registration is open for scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, and the informed public at  The conference is free; registration is required.

If attendance is impossible, register as a virtual participant.  A question/dialogue period will follow each speaker and panel presentation.

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  • Many Dangers, Little Money:  Strategic Choices during the Interwar Years, 1500-1700:  History panel with Dr. Conrad Crane,  U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, and Dr. Robert Citino,  Univ of North Texas, and Dr. Michael Neiberg, Army War College, and Dr. Tami Biddle, Army War College;


  • Keynote: Emerging Strategies for the Future, 0830-1000: Dr. John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago
  • Is American Foreign Policy Overly Militarized?Tom Bowman, National Public Radio,  Dr. Dan Drezner, Tufts, and Dr. Kalev Sepp, NPS
  • Recoiling from Long Wars, or, How We Re-learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Bombs:  Dr. Conrad Crane, US Army Heritage and Education Center, video added to above web site, April 11
  • Great Power Rivalry: How To Address Rising Non-Hostile Rivals, 1330-1500: Dr. Zhu Feng, Beijing University, and Retired Brig. Gurmeet Kanwal, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, and Dr. Stephen Blank, Army War College/ SSI, AND Dr. Andrew Scobell, RAND.
  • Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications, 1515-1645:  Dr. William Zartman, Johns Hopkins, and  Dr. Phil Brenner, American University, Prof. Greg Aftandilian, Center for National Policy, and Dr. Paul Kan, Army War College
  • American Defense Budget and the Future of U.S. Landpower: Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, video added to above web site, April 11


  • CSA General Raymond Odierno dialogue on the Future of American Landpower, with Margaret Warner of the PBS NewsHour, with Q&A from virtual and on-site audience, 0830-1000
  • Augmenting Our Influence: Alliance Revitalization and Partner Development, 1015-1145:  Dr. William Tow, Australian National University, and Dr. Sean Kay, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Dr. Carol Atkinson, Vanderbilt University, and Dr. John Deni, SSI
  • State Sponsored Crime and Non-State Actors: Gangs, Guns, and Graft, 1345-1515:  Edward Lucas, The Economist, and  Karen Saunders, Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence, and Douglas Farah, International Assessment and Strategy Center, Dr. Stephen Blank, Army War College/ SSI
  • Concluding remarks; Way ahead, 1515-1530:  Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, Commandant, U.S. Army War College