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Global Security Forum 2024: Gathering Strength in a Gathering Storm

April 24, 2024 • 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT

Join the CSIS International Security Program for the 2024 Global Security Forum on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. As CSIS's flagship annual security conference, the Forum convenes leaders from the defense and national security communities to discuss the top security challenges facing the country and the world. This year's conference will feature keynote discussions with General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Honorable Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence.

The theme of the 2024 Global Security Forum is "Gathering Strength in a Gathering Storm." Speakers will address how the United States can muster its strengths to counter multiple global challenges, posture for uncertainty, and prepare U.S. forces to deter and defeat aggression.

This year's Forum will also feature conversations with senior leaders from the government, military, private sector, and think tank community.

The conference will be held at CSIS headquarters and virtually. Further details on the schedule, participants, and registration will be updated below in the leadup to the Forum in April. 

This event is made possible by the generous support of Leonardo DRS.

Please Note:

We have reached capacity for in-person registration for this event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact sdaniels@csis.org.

Please bring a valid government ID as we will be checking IDs and registration upon entry. 

Keynote Speakers:


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Charles Q. Brown, Jr.

General Charles Q. Brown, Jr.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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Avril Haines

The Honorable Avril Haines

Director of National Intelligence

Panelists:


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Michèle Flournoy

The Honorable Michèle Flournoy

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
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Thomas G. Mahnken

Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment
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Steven D. Poulin

Admiral Steven D. Poulin

Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
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General Christopher Mahoney

General Christopher Mahoney

Assistant Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps
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General James C. "Jim" Slife

General James C. "Jim" Slife

Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
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General Michael A. Guetlein

General Michael A. Guetlein

Vice Chief of Space Operations, U.S. Space Force
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Mingus

General James J. Mingus

Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
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Admiral James W. Kilby

Admiral James W. Kilby

Vice Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy
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William A. LaPlante

The Honorable Dr. William A. LaPlante

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S)
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Heidi Shyu

The Honorable Heidi Shyu

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E))
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Hon. William J. Lynn III

The Honorable William J. Lynn III

CEO, Leonardo DRS and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense
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Christian Brose

Christian Brose

Chief Strategy Officer, Anduril Industries
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Eileen Tanghal

Eileen Tanghal

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Black Opal Ventures
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Wendy Goodson

Dr. Wendy Goodson

Vice President of Government Business Development, Ginkgo Bioworks
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Jacqueline Tame

Jacqueline Tame

Operating Partner, Playground Global and Executive Director, Silicon Valley Defense Group

Global Security Forum Working Agenda


Introduction and Welcome Remarks

8:30 am

Dr. John J. Hamre, CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership

Ends-Ways-Means: Aligning U.S. Strategy with Geopolitical Realities

8:45 am

Panelists:

Hon. Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment

 

Moderator:

Jennifer Griffin, Chief National Security Correspondent, Fox News Channel

The Future of Warfare: Preparing U.S. Military Forces for Competition and Contestation

10:00 am

Panelists:

Admiral Steven D. Poulin, Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

General Christopher Mahoney, Assistant Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps

General James C. "Jim" Slife, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force

General Michael A. Guetlein, Vice Chief of Space Operations, U.S. Space Force

General James J. Mingus, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Admiral James W. Kilby, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

 

Moderator:

Dr. Seth G. Jones, Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program, CSIS

Keynote Discussion

11:30 am

Speaker:

Hon. Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence

 

Moderator:

Hon. Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Adviser, Homeland Security, International Security Program, CSIS

Lunch Break

12:15 pm

Keynote Discussion

1:00 pm

Speaker:

General Charles Q. Brown Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

 

Moderator:

Hon. Kari A. Bingen, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS

A Call to Arms: Mobilizing Industry and Unlocking Innovation

2:00 pm

Panelists:

Hon. William J. Lynn III, CEO, Leonardo DRS and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense

Hon. Dr. William A. LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment

Hon. Heidi Shyu, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E))

Christian Brose, Chief Strategy Officer, Anduril Industries

 

Moderator: 

Gordon Lubold, The Wall Street Journal

Gamechangers: Understanding the Convergence of Technologies and National Security Implications

3:30 pm

Panelists:

Eileen Tanghal, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Black Opal Ventures

Dr. Wendy Goodson, Vice President of Government Business Development, Ginkgo Bioworks

Jacqueline Tame, Operating Partner, Playground Global and Executive Director, Silicon Valley Defense Group

 

Moderator:

Emily Harding, Director, Intelligence, National Security, and Technology Program and Deputy Director, International Security Program, CSIS

Closing Remarks

4:45 pm
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Leonardo DRS

Media Inquiries

Please contact Samuel Cestari at scestari@csis.org

Contact Information

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John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
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Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program
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Kari Bingen
Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program
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Emily Harding
Director, Intelligence, National Security, and Technology Program and Deputy Director, International Security Program
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Suzanne Spaulding
Senior Adviser, Homeland Security, International Security Program
April 24, 2024 • 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT
Global Security Forum 2024: Gathering Strength in a Gathering Storm