Systemic Strategic Thinking, Policy Analysis, and Planning

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Speaker(s): Porter, W. (Naval Postgraduate School) Date: 15 March 2022 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Wayne Porter, CAPT, USN (Ret)(Senior Lecturer, Naval Postgraduate School) as part of its SMA Anticipating the Future OE Speaker Series. The world is comprised of a complex network of systems which take long-term, nonlinear, and non-conventional […]

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War: How Conflict Shaped Us

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Speaker(s): MacMillan, M. (Oxford University) Date: 9 March 2022 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Prof. Margaret MacMillan (Professor of International History, Oxford University) as part of its SMA NDU (INSS/PRISM) Speaker Series. War has always been a force for change between countries and within society. The relationship between society and war is cyclical as […]

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Countering Russia Through Irregular Warfare: Cost Imposition in Ukraine and Beyond

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Speaker(s): Meredith, S. (National Defense University) Date: 8 March 2022 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Spencer Meredith (Professor of National Security Strategy, National Defense University) as part of its SMA EUCOM Speaker Series. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is exposing that it was not well equipped to carry out a large-scale military invasion. The […]

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Defense Strategy and a Strategy of Denial?

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Speaker(s): Colby, E. (The Marathon Initiative) Date: 3 March 2022 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Mr. Elbridge Colby (The Marathon Initiative) as part of its SMA NDU (INSS/PRISM) Speaker Series. US grand strategy for contesting China’s potential aggression in the Asian Pacific, but also more broadly, must be redefined. Following the collapse of […]

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Stabilizing Great Power Rivalries

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Speaker(s): Mazarr, M. (RAND); Charap, S. (RAND) Date: 2 March 2022 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Michael Mazarr (RAND) and Dr. Samuel Charap (RAND) as part of its SMA EUCOM/INDOPACOM Speaker Series. Ensuring stability between geopolitical rivals can strengthen overall international security and deescalate potentially world-changing conflicts. For a rivalry to be […]

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Complexity, Cognition, and Language: How Our Linguistic Habits Shape—and Distort—Our Understanding of Today’s Complex Strategic Environment

February 2022 No Comments

Speaker(s): Kerbel, J. (National Intelligence University) Date: 1 March 2022 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Mr. Josh Kerbel (National Intelligence University) as part of its SMA General Speaker Series. Understanding the language of state leaders from non-English speaking countries is important for diplomatic dialogue and national security. However, the US State Department’s […]

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Where Does France Stand In the Upheaval of the World?

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Speaker(s): Fried, T. (Senior Advisor to the Vice Chairman of the French Joint Chiefs of Staff) Date: 24 February 2022 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Our speaker requested that this session not be recorded. We apologize for any inconvenience this presents. Briefing Materials

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China’s Nuclear Modernization and Its Implications

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Speaker(s): Zhao, T. (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Date: 23 February 2022 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Briefing Materials

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Russian Approaches to Strategic Deterrence and Tactical Coercion

February 2022 No Comments

Speaker(s): Charap, S. (Senior Political Scientist, RAND) Date: 18 February 2022 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Samuel Charap (Senior Political Scientist, RAND) as part of its SMA EUCOM Speaker Series. In his presentation, Dr. Charap discussed two papers: one that describes Russia’sconcept of military deterrence and one that relates Russia’s deterrence approach directly to […]

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Russia’s Ambitions in the Arctic Towards 2035

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Speaker(s): Gustafsson, P. (Swedish Defence Research Agency [FOI]) Date: 15 February 2022 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Pär Gustafsson (Swedish Defence Research Agency [FOI]) as part of its SMA EUCOM Speaker Series.  Russia is coveting the Arctic Circle’s wealth of undiscovered natural resources and the control of future Northern Sea trade routes […]

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