National Security: Victories or Victims?

National Security and the Challenge of Change: Victories or Victims?

nationalsecurityThe challenge of non-stop change is the major national security challenge facing the United States today. The emergence of non-state actors with unprecedented and immediate access to global communication channels and weapons of mass destruction; the spotlight on pandemics, natural disasters and social revolutions in far-away places which both capture and lose the world’s attention in record time; and the fearful, reactive nature of government and public response to a seemingly-endless series of global crises all shape a larger framework of how to deal with the challenge of global change.

When: April 21, 2020
Where: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
4 Embarcadero Center San Francisco, CA
Topic Leader: Doug Wilson

Former senior Pentagon spokesman and Assistant Secretary of Defense Doug Wilson, the three-time recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal (the Pentagon’s highest civilian honor), will address how non-stop global change – from new social revolutions, to the emergence of powerful non-state actors, to large-scale pandemics and natural disasters – has become the major national security challenge facing the U.S. today, and ask participants to consider how Americans must re-assess their policy approaches and outmoded government institutions to master the challenges of change rather than being the victims of change?

Wilson’s remarks and discussion will incorporate his personal experience in dealing with the nation’s toughest national security problems - including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, China, Iran, Libya, counter-terrorism, Wikileaks and the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden - and his leadership as a key Administration point person on one of the most significant social change issues of our time, the repeal of “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell”.

Selected Reading List

The Birth of a New Century: What we lost in 2014
George Packer

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