Strategic Surprise

June 17, 2010 • 7:30 – 9:00 pm EDT

Strategic Surprise

Panel Discussion featuring:

Alan Cohn
Department of Homeland Security

Erik Leklem
Department of Defense

Gautam Mukunda
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Moderated by

Maren Leed

Thursday, June 17, 2010
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

B1 Conference Center
CSIS 1800 K. St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

The New Defense Approaches Project is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on strategic surprise. Surprise is inevitable; perhaps even more so in a political and bureaucratic system designed to guard against decisive, far-reaching actions.  And while the future cannot be known, policymakers must make some assumptions about its course in order to guide their actions and allocate resources. CSIS recently conducted some research for the Office of the Secretary of Defense on areas of potential surprise.  This panel is aimed at broadening the discussion of how elements of the U.S. government and other entities think (or should think) about strategic surprise, and particular areas where U.S. national security interests may be vulnerable to such surprises.

Dress is business attire or working uniform.

To RSVP, please contact Mr. Andrew Bessler at