Virtual Events: Flournoy Kicks Off CSIS’ Future Strategy Forum, and More

June 2: At 9 a.m. EDT, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, the co-founder and managing partner of WestExec Advisors, will deliver a keynote as part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ “Future Strategy Forum: Cooperation and Conflict in the Time of Covid-19.” Viewers can pose live questions here, and register for or watch a livestream of the event here.

June 3: At 1 p.m. EDT, CSIS will host a panel entitled “Covid-19 and Grand Strategy” as part of its “Future Strategy Forum: Cooperation and Conflict in the Time of Covid-19.” Panelists will include Jennifer Bouey, a senior policy researcher and the Tang Chair in China Policy at the RAND Corp.; Mira Rapp-Hooper, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Kori Schake, director of foreign policy and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Viewers can post live questions here, and register for or watch a livestream of the event here.

June 4:

  • At noon EDT, Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic’s national security and economic implications for the nation’s innovation ecosystem, as well as ways the Defense Department and AFVentures can work with the emerging tech market in times of crisis as part the Dcode Virtual series. You can register for the webinar here.
  • At 1 p.m. EDT, CSIS will host a panel entitled “Covid-19 and the Military” as part of its “Future Strategy Forum: Cooperation and Conflict in the Time of Covid-19.” Panelists will include Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Risa Brooks, director of undergraduate studies in political science at Marquette University; Mara Karlin, director of strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a nonresident senior fellow in security and strategy at the Brookings Institution; and Pam Campos-Palma, a political strategist and former Air Force military intelligence analyst. Viewers can post live questions here, and register for or watch a livestream of the event here.
  • From 3-4 p.m. EDT, the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative will host an online town hall entitled “Defense Communities in Recovery.” “This briefing will feature top economic and community development experts as they explore the strategies, tools and resources available to communities and states as they look to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” CMSI writes. You can register for the webinar here.

ICYMI

May 29: The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted “AI, Defense, and Intelligence: A Conversation with JAIC Director Lt. Gen. John N.T. ‘Jack’ Shanahan.” You can watch an event replay below:

Video: CSIS on YouTube

May 28:

  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ramón Colón-López fielded questions from U.S. troops, Defense Department civilians, and military family members about the new coronavirus pandemic during a virtual town hall. You watch a partial event replay below:
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TOWN HALL

LIVE: U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, The Joint Staff Chairman U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón “CZ” Colón-López hold a virtual global town hall meeting to answer questions from the force on #COVID19.

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Thursday, May 28, 2020
  • National Guard Bureau Chief Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel appeared in conversation with POLITICO reporter Lara Seligman during a webinar entitled “War against the invisible: Heroism and sacrifice in the National Guard’s response to the coronavirus” that was presented by the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and Saab. You can watch an event replay below:
Video: The Atlantic Council on YouTube

May 27: Brig. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote, acting director of the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability, appeared on the May 27 installment of the “Aerospace Nation” series presented by AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Read more here or watch a replay below:

Video: Mitchell Institute on YouTube

May 26: Drew Walter, who is performing the duties of deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters at the Defense Department appeared on a virtual installment of the Mitchell Institute’s Nuclear Deterrence Forum. You can watch a replay below:

Video: Mitchell Institute on YouTube

May 22: Mark Schneider, senior analyst with the National Institute for Public Policy, and Stephen Blank, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, took part in a virtual installment of the Nuclear Deterrence Forum hosted by AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. You can watch a replay below:

Video: Mitchell Institute on YouTube

May 21: The COVID-19 Military Support Initiative hosted an online town hall entitled “How Will COVID-19 Change the Military?” which featured opening remarks from Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. John Hyten. Read more here, and watch an event replay below:

Video: CMSI on YouTube

May 20: Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson appeared in discussion with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, during an installment of the think tank’s “Aerospace Nation” series. You can read more here or watch an event replay below:

Video: Mitchell Institute on YouTube

May 19: The COVID-19 Military Support Initiative hosted an online town hall entitled “Addressing Caregiver and Wounded Warrior Needs During COVID-19.” You can watch a replay of the event below:

Video: CMSI on YouTube

May 14: The COVID-19 Military Support Initiative hosted an online town hall entitled “Addressing the Needs of Veterans During COVID-19.” You can watch a replay of the event below:

Video: CMSI on YouTube

May 12:

  • Space Force Vice Commander Lt. Gen. David Thompson and retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute, discussed the progress on building out the U.S. Space Force, how the service plans to operate and compete in an increasingly congested and contested space domain, and USSF’s biggest priorities as it looks into the future, among other topics, as part of the think tank’s Space Power Forum. You can read more or watch a replay below:
Video: Mitchell Institute on YouTube
  • The COVID-19 Military Support Initiative hosted a virtual town hall entitled “Healthcare for Military Families During COVID-19” featuring representatives from the Defense Health Agency and National Military Family Association. You can watch a replay below:

May 8: Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke at a virtual Victory in Europe Day commemoration alongside Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, ABC’s Robin Roberts, NBC’s Tom Brokaw, and Comedian Jay Leno. You can watch a replay below:

VE Day Tribute

LIVE: Today marks the WWII victory in Europe. We will always remember those who turned the tide in our moment of need. #DoDRemembers75 #VEDay75

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Friday, May 8, 2020

May 7: Air Force Chief Architect Preston Dunlap discussed Joint All-Domain Command and Control, the current status of the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System, and some of the program’s top priorities and challenges moving forward during a conversation with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, and Heather Penney, senior resident fellow at Mitchell, on the May 7 installment of the think tank’s “Aerospace Nation” series. You can watch a replay of the event below:

Video: Mitchell Institute on YouTube

May 5: The American Enterprise Institute hosted a webinar entitled “Disinformation pandemic: Russian and Chinese information operations in the COVID-19 era.” Participants included Dan Blumenthal, director of Asian studies and resident fellow at AEI; Nataliya Bugayova, research fellow, Russia Team lead, and development adviser at the Institute for the Study of War; Zack Cooper, research fellow at AEI; and Frederick Kagan, resident scholar and Critical Threats Project director at AEI. You can watch a replay below:

Video: AEI on YouTube

May 4: Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, appeared in virtual conversation with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, as part of the think tank’s “Aerospace Nation” series. Read more about their discussion here and here, and watch a replay below:

Video: Mitchell Institute on YouTube

April 30: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum hosted “Space Songs: Through the Distance,” an online, pre-recorded concert featuring performances by Sting, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, singer-songwriter Grace Potter, and more. “Naturally, there are a lot of great songs about spaceships and astronauts—about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances,” the museum wrote on the event’s YouTube page. “And many artists use solitude to fuel creativity and experimentation. We could all use a little bit of that inspiration right now. So while our museum remains closed to the public, we want to share some songs that inspire us with viewers at home.” You can watch a replay of the event below:

Video: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on YouTube

April 29: Air Force Global Strike Command boss Gen. Timothy Ray appeared in virtual conversation with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, in an online installment of the think tank’s Strategic Deterrence Forum. Read more about their discussion here, and watch a replay below:

Video: Mitchell Institute on YouTube

April 28:

  • Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Matthew Donovan appeared in conversation with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, as part of the think tank’s “Aerospace Nation” series. Read more about the event here, and watch a replay below:
Video: Mitchell Institute on YouTube

April 24:

  • Army Brig. Gen. Thomas James, commander of Joint Task Force-Space Defense, and Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Guetlein, deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office, discussed U.S. Space Command and NRO operations with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute, during a virtual installment of the think tank’s Space Power Forum. You can watch a replay below:
  • The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum hosted its inaugural Virtual Astronomy Live event hosted by John “Das” Galloway, featuring a discussion with former NASA astronauts retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden Jr., Mike Massimino, and Nicole Stott, along with outreach astrophysicist Frank Summers. You can watch the replay via Twitch.

April 22: Mark Lewis, the Pentagon’s director of defense research and engineering for modernization, appeared in a virtual conversation with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, in the fourth installment of the “Aerospace Nation” series. You can watch a replay of the event below:

Video: The Mitchell Institute on YouTube

April 21: F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., held a virtual town hall. You can watch the replay below:

Posted by F. E. Warren Air Force Base on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

April 18:

The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2020 graduated during a ceremony that featured an in-person keynote address from Vice President Mike Pence. You can read more about the ceremony here and watch a replay of the event below:

Watch a replay of the April 18, 2020, commencement ceremony, including video messages from supporters, here. Video: U.S. Air Force Academy on YouTube

April 17:

Frank Miller, principal at the Scowcroft Group, appeared in conversation with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, during a virtual installment of the think tank’s Strategic Deterrence Forum. You can watch a replay below:

Video: The Mitchell Institute on YouTube

April 16:

  • Air Force Lt. Gen. David Nahom, the service’s deputy chief of staff for plans and programs, joined retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, for a virtual discussion on Air Force investment strategies, procurement decisions, and fleet management priorities, as part of the Aerospace Nation series. You can watch the replay here or below:
Video: Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies on YouTube
  • The COVID-19 Military Support Initiative hosted a Military Support Town Hall Meeting entitled “Supporting the National Guard During the COVID-19 Crisis.” Speakers included Maj. Dawne Deskins, director of manpower and personnel for the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff; Brian Garrett, deputy director of military affairs at the Utah Department of Veteran and Military Affairs; Erna McCrea-Scarcella, the Maryland National Guard’s senior family readiness support assistant, and retired Col. Mike Hadley, legislative programs director at the National Guard Association of the United States. You can watch a replay of the webinar, courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities and Blue Star Families, here.

April 14:

  • Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley spoke at a DOD press briefing on COVID-19. You can watch the replay below:
SECDEF/CJCS News Conference

LIVE: U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper and The Joint Staff Chairman Gen. Mark A. Milley speaks to reporters at the Pentagon.

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who now works as the Hoover Institution’s Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy, hosted a virtual briefing entitled “COVID-19 and National Security.” You can watch the replay below:
Video: The Hoover Institution on YouTube
  • New York City medical augmentees including 927th Aerospace Medical Squadron Commander Col. Jennifer Ratcliff; 9th Field Hospital Chief Nurse Lt. Col. Leslie Curtis, and Operational Health Support Unit Portsmouth Executive Officer Capt. Joe Kochan appeared at a COVID-related Defense Department press briefing. You can watch the replay via the Facebook post below.

LIVE: Military medical officials deliver a #COVID19 update to Pentagon reporters via telephone from the Javits Center in New York City.

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

April 10:

  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Thomas McCaffery and other military health officials held a press conference about the Defense Department’s efforts to counter the new coronavirus. Read more here or watch the replay below:
Thomas McCaffery & Health Officials News Conference

LIVE: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Thomas McCaffery & Military Health officials provide an update on the Defense Department’s COVID-19 efforts.

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Air Education and Training Command boss Lt. Gen. Brad Webb discussed how his command is working to simultaneously sustain mission-essential training and safeguard Airmen amid the new coronavirus pandemic during a remote Pentagon press briefing. Read more here or watch the replay below:
U.S. Air Force Gen. Webb News Conference

LIVE: United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command Lt. Gen. Marshall B. “Brad” Webb briefs reporters at the Pentagon.

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Friday, April 10, 2020

April 9:

  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ramón “CZ” Colón-López held a virtual town hall about the Defense Department’s COVID-19 response. You can watch the replay below:

#ICYMI: Earlier today U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, Chairman of The Joint Staff U.S. Army Gen. Mark A….

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Thursday, April 9, 2020
  • Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. John Hyten held a joint press conference about DOD’s COVID-19 response. You can watch the replay below:
DSD/VJCS NEWS CONFERENCE

LIVE: Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist and The Joint Staff Vice Chairman United States Air Force Gen. John Hyten speak to reporters at the Pentagon..

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Thursday, April 9, 2020
  • The 412th Medical Group at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., held a Facebook town hall. You can watch the replay below:
LIVE: 412th Medical Group Virtual COVID-19 Town Hall

LIVE: 412th Medical Group Virtual COVID-19 Town Hall

Posted by Edwards Air Force Base on Thursday, April 9, 2020
  • 914th Air Refueling Wing Commander Col. Mark Larson and 914th Public Health Emergency Officer Maj. Alevante Marte held a virtual town hall. You can watch the replay on DVIDS.

April 7:

Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond appeared in conversation with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, in the second installment of the Aerospace Nation series:

Monday, April 6: Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright hosted a Facebook town hall about the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the replay below, or read about it here.

Gen. David L. Goldfein and CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright live town hall.

Posted by United States Air Force on Monday, April 6, 2020

April 1: Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein appeared in conversation with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, on the premiere installment of the Aerospace Nation series:

Editor’s Note: The ICYMI section of this page was updated on May 13 at 1:54 p.m. EDT to reflect that the May 12 Mitchell Institute event with Lt. Gen. David Thompson was an installment of the think tank’s Space Power Forum, not its “Aerospace Nation” series.

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