Global Security Forum

A forum on the top challenges facing U.S. and global security. Made possible with the generous support of Leonardo DRS

The Global Security Forum is the CSIS International Security Program’s flagship annual conference. The Forum convenes leaders from the defense and national security communities to discuss the top security challenges facing the country and the world.  

The program will explore the evolving threat landscape given Russia’s war in Ukraine, challenges in European defense, and opportunities for transatlantic defense cooperation. 

There will be a specific focus on addressing the potential of collaboration with European allies to address challenges with munitions and other stockpiles, as well as interest in shaping the future force of tomorrow through technological modernization. 

The conference will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at CSIS headquarters and virtually, and will feature three panels in addition to the keynote discussion.

Further details about the panels and the panelists are available at the links in the schedule below.  

Global Security Forum Schedule


9:00 A.M.

Introduction and Welcome Remarks

Dr. John J. Hamre, CSIS President and CEO 

Mr. Alessandro Profumo, CEO, Leonardo S.p.A. (virtual)


9:15 A.M.

Panel 1: The Evolving Threat Landscape in Europe


His Excellency Marek Magierowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the U.S

Mr. John McLaughlin, former Acting and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence

Rear Admiral Tim Woods, Defense Attaché, British Embassy Washington


Ms. Emily Harding, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, International Security Program 


10:30 A.M.

Keynote Discussion


Admiral Christopher W. Grady, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


Dr. Seth G. Jones, CSIS Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program

11:30 A.M.


12:30 P.M.


Panel 2: Challenges in European Defense


General Chris Badia, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO; German Air Force 

Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean, Director General of the European Union Military Staff

Ms. Heather A. Conley, President, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.


Mr. Max Bergmann, Director, CSIS Europe Program and Stuart Center 


1:45 P.M.

Panel 3: Opportunities for Defense Collaboration


The Honorable Deborah G. Rosenblum, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs (ASD(NCB)), and Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy (ASD(IBP))

Hon. Ellen Lord, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment 

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


Dr. Cynthia Cook, CSIS Senior Fellow and Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group


2:45 P.M.

Closing Remarks

Dr. Seth G. Jones, CSIS Senior Vice President and Director, International Security Program 

Featured Report

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Transatlantic Defense during Wartime

Transatlantic defense is at a key juncture as Russia's war in Ukraine has brought greater unity but also thrown into relief the challenges of producing military capability. The European Union and NATO have an opportunity to build on their strengths to address this crisis.

Report by Cynthia Cook Max Bergmann Mark F. Cancian Gregory Sanders Sissy Martinez Otto Svendsen and Nicholas Velazquez — September 5, 2023