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Global Security Forum

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

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In an era of global technological competition and diffusion of innovation, the United States must uphold the twin pillars of national security and national innovation. There is a clear need for greater cooperation and engagement on the challenge set within government; between federal, state, and local levels; between governments; and between the public and private sectors. By recognizing its comparative strengths and weaknesses, the United States federal government can take measured steps that increase its chances of success and guard against risks. 

CSIS’s Global Security Forum focuses on the challenges that emerging technologies pose to U.S. security and the policy priorities needed. The event will feature a keynote address from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and the launch of a new report highlighting insights from the 2019 GSF Experts’ Workshop and actionable recommendations to inform a more effective U.S. federal government approach to emerging technologies. 
 

Event Agenda

8:30 AM: Registration Check-In

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks


9:10 AM: Keynote Address on "Maintaining the U.S. National Security Innovation Base"
Hon. Mark T. Esper
Secretary of Defense

Followed by a moderated discussion with 

Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks
Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; and Director, International Security Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

9:50 AM: Presentation of Report Findings
Samuel Brannen
Director, Risk and Foresight Group
Center for Strategic and International Studies

10:00 AM: Panel Discussion on "Emerging Technologies Governance"
Gabrielle Burrell
Minister Counsellor Defense Policy
Embassy of Australia

Mr. Andrew P. Hunter
Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dr. Jason G. Matheny
Founding Director, Center for Security and Emerging Technology and former Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

Ms. Suzanne Spaulding
Senior Advisor, Homeland Security, International Security Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies 

Brigadier General Benjamin Watson
Vice Chief of Naval Research; Commanding General, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
U.S. Marine Corps

11:00 AM: Adjourn

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