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Friday, April 20, 2018

William and Mary National Security Conference 2018

08:15 AM - 05:15 PM

How can diverse agencies work together to address important national security challenges? This conference will examine impediments to effective inter-agency cooperation and strategies for overcoming them. It will engage a broad range of participants, including experts from military and civilian departments, as well as scholars and graduate and undergraduate students. A mix of panels and interactive presentations will cover many aspects of Whole of Government.

W&M Whole of Government Center of Excellence
Inaugural Conference on National Security
Friday, April 20, 2018
Chesapeake A and B, Sadler Center
William and Mary Sadler Center
200 Stadium Drive 
Williamsburg, VA 23187
RSVP to by April 18
Timing Subject to Change
Breakfast: Coffee, Tea, and Muffins

8:15 – 8:30 Welcome Remarks
·      Professor Stephen E. Hanson, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Reves Center for International Studies, W&M 
·      The Honorable Carlos L. Hopkins, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia

8:30 – 9:00 Keynote Address: "The Evolution of National Security Threats and the Need for Improved Interagency Operations"
·      Russell Travers ‘78, Acting Director, National Counterterrorism Center

9:00 – 10:00 Panel 1: Protecting Us Then and Now: The Critical Role Veterans Play in Maintaining Our National Security
·       Chair: Professor Patricia E. Roberts, Vice Dean, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Programs, and Co-Director of the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic, W&M
·       Colonel Michael Dick, USMC (Ret.) J.D. '06,Vice Chair, Virginia Board of Veterans Services; and Associate Director for Policy, Legislation, and Multilateral Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division
·       Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr. (ret.), Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division, IDA; and former Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs
·       CDR Charlotte Hurd (ret.), Military Liaison, Office of U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner
10:00 – 10:15 Break                                              

10:15 – 11:15 Panel 2: National Security and Sustained Outcomes: The Importance of Integrated Whole of Government Approaches to the Warfighter Effort
·      Chair: Colonel Kevin Felix (ret.), Senior Advisor, The Roosevelt Group; and Visiting Scholar of Public Policy, W&M
·      Major General Robert M. “Bo” Dyess, Acting Director, U.S. Army, Army Capabilities Integration Center, Fort Eustis, VA
·      Brigadier General B. Chance “Salty” Saltzman, U.S. Air Force, Director, Current Operations, HAF, A3
·      John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
·      Russell Travers ‘78, Acting Director, National Counterterrorism Center

11:15 – 11:30 Lightning Presentation: "What do policymakers want from scholars, and what do they get?
·      Professor Susan Peterson, Wendy & Emery Reves Professor of Government and International Relations and Co-Director Institute for the Theory  and Practice of International Relations, W&M

11:30 – 12:30 Panel 3: Entrepreneurship and its role in supporting national security
·      Chair: Ronald Monark, Managing Director, Alan B. Miller Center for Entrepreneurship, and Lecturer of Business, W&M
·      Sarah Heck, Head of Entrepreneurship, Stripe; former Director of Global Engagement, The White House; and Vice Chair, Young Professionals in Foreign  Policy
·      Dr. Kira Hutchinson, GG-15 Intelligence Specialist, TRADOC Intelligence Support Activity, TRADOC G-2, U.S. Army
·      Jesse Levin, Founder, Tactivate; and Member, Defense Entrepreneurs Forum
·      CDR Kristen Wheeler, Innovation Project Manager, U.S. Navy Reserves; Co-Founder and CEO, Puzzle Perks; and Member, Defense Entrepreneurs Forum

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Buffet and Project on International Peace and Security White Paper Presentations
·      Co-Chair: Professor Amy Oakes, Director, International Relations Program, and Co-Director, Project on International Peace and Security, W&M
·      Co-Chair: Professor Dennis Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government, and Co-Director, Project on International Peace and Security,  W&M
·      Sarah Harmon “Microtargeting Mass Manipulation: The Final Frontier of Sensory Propaganda”
·      Rebecca Lamb “The Shadows of Europe: Strengthening Regional Security through Labor Reform”
·      Margaret Miller “The Poor Man’s Air Force: Unattributed Mid-Range Drone Attacks”
·      Collin Nelson “The Weaponization of Wheat: Climate Change and Russian Agricultural Power”
·      Alexander Nocks “The Geointelligence Revolution: Real-Time Reconnaissance and Its Dangers”
·      Rose Olwell “The Perils of Palm Oil: Environmental Degradation and Food Insecurity in West Africa”
·      Ranjani Parthasarathy “Securing the Next Biometric: Vulnerabilities of DNA-based Identity Verification Systems”

1:30 – 2:30 Panel 4: Foreign Aid, Conflict, Policy Interventions, and Influence Projection
·      Chair: Professor Michael J. Tierney ‘87, Hylton Professor of Government and International Relations and Co-Director Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, W&M
·      Samantha Custer, Director of Policy Analysis, AidData
·      Dr. Michael Findley, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin, and Co-Director of Innovations for Peace and Development
·      Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann (ret.), President, American Academy of Diplomacy; former Ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain, and Afghanistan; and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

2:30 – 2:45 Remarks by W&M President Taylor Reveley
·      Video message from W&M Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65 L.H.D. '98

2:45 – 3:45 Panel 5: The Need to Plan for Resilience in Hampton Roads, Our Nation’s Crucial National Security Corridor
·      Chair: Professor Elizabeth Andrews, Professor of the Practice of Law and Director, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, W&M
·      Dr. Albert U. Mitchum, Jr., Political Advisor to the Commander of Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
·      Rear Admiral Ann Phillips (ret.), former Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO
·      Rear Admiral Craig Quigley (ret.), Executive Director, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance; and former Deputy Assistance Secretary  of Defense (Public Affairs)
·      Major General Timothy P. Williams, The Adjutant General, Virginia National Guard

3:45 – 4:00 Break

4:00 – 5:00 Panel 6: Organizational Responses to Complex Problems
·      Chair: Professor John Gilmour, Director of the Public Policy Program, W&M
·      David N. Kelley ’81, Partner, Dechert LLP; and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
·      Dr. Cynthia Watson, Dean of Faculty & Academic Programs, The National War College, The National Defense University
·      Captain Richard J. Wester, Commander, Sector Hampton Roads, Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal On Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, U.S. Coast Guard
·      Col. Lawrence Wilkerson(ret.), Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy, W&M; and former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell

5:00 – 5:15 Closing Remarks
·      Professor John Gilmour, Director of the Public Policy Program, W&M

Reception to Follow in Tyler Hall
To register, please RSVP to by April 18th. 

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