2022 Security Cooperation Conference

Security Cooperation in a New Era
Tue, 18 October, 2022 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Hosted by the Defense Security Cooperation University and The George Washington University

The conference will examine the state of security cooperation today, the implications of recent global security trends and demands on the security cooperation enterprise, and explore whether, and how, the Defense Department should adjust its approach to security cooperation in the future. The conference will bring together diverse perspectives from across DoD (policy makers, planners, and practitioners), interagency partners, congress, industry, think tanks, and academia. Speakers will include senior government leaders to help frame the challenges facing DoD and provide opportunities for direct engagement with decision-makers on how the Department should adjust its approach to security cooperation in the future.

The global security cooperation environment for the United States is increasingly complex and multi-faceted. The end of the war in Afghanistan, the resurgence of state-on-state warfare in Ukraine, and the increasing threat of strategic competitors compel the Department of Defense (DoD) to rethink how the United States cooperates with allies and partners to deter, deny, or defeat threats to national security.  The 2022 U.S. National Defense Strategy (NDS) sets out how DoD will contribute to advancing and safeguarding vital U.S. national interests – protecting the American people, expanding America’s prosperity, and realizing and defending our democratic values – through integrated deterrence, campaigning, and actions that build enduring advantages for the future Joint Force. The nation’s network of alliances and partnerships is arguably more important now than it has ever been, with increased competition in new domains (cyber and space), dangerous transboundary threats, novel emerging technologies, and a rise in authoritarianism around the world.  This conference explores the extent to which these changes are era-defining, and the implications this has for security cooperation.

Schedule of Events

8:00 Sign-in and light refreshments
8:30 - 9:00

Welcome and opening remarks

  • Alyssa Ayres, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
  • Celeste Gventer, President, Defense Security Cooperation University
9:00 - 10:00

Keynote Address with Q&A

  • Mara Karlin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities
10:00 Break
10:15 - 11:30

Panel 1: The new global security environment and its implications for SC

  • Charles Glaser, George Washington University
  • Renanah Joyce, Brandeis University
  • Michael Mazarr, RAND Corporation
  • Leigh Nolan, Department of Defense
  • Stephen Tankel, Department of State
11:30 - 12:30 No-Host Lunch Break
12:30 - 13:00

Special Plenary:

  • Dafna Rand, Director of Foreign Assistance, U.S. Department of State
13:00 - 14:30

Panel 2: Past SC experience: What works, what doesn’t, and how does it matter?

  • Alexander Downes, The George Washington University
  • Alan Gorowitz, Defense Security Cooperation Agency
  • Marc Grinberg, Watson Institute, Brown University
  • Jennifer Moroney, RAND Corporation
  • Patrick Nevins, House Armed Services Committee
14:30 - 15:00

Perspectives on the state of security cooperation today

  • James Hursch, Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency
15:00 Break
15:15 - 16:45

Panel 3: The SC enterprise: How do we need to adapt

  • Stanley L. Brown, Department of State
  • David Fite, Senate Foreign Relations Committee (invited)
  • Joanna Spear, George Washington University
  • Michelle Strucke, Department of Defense
  • Rachel Tecott, Naval War College
16:45 - 17:00

Next Steps

  • Celeste Gventer, President, Defense Security Cooperation University
17:00 Adjourn


Administrative Notes:

  • Dress is business attire for civilians and service dress / Class A for military
  • Registration is required to participate or observe the conference due to space limitations
  • Following the conference, recorded sessions will be made available
  • Participation does not require a conference fee
  • Participant travel and meals covered only by exception
  • Breaks will include light fare with water, coffee, tea, and juice
  • Agenda is subject to change, and participants are encouraged to attend the full day


Points of Contact at the Defense Security Cooperation University: Kareem Oweiss at [email protected]; Jeanne Giraldo at [email protected]; and Robert Timm at [email protected].

The Elliott School of International Affairs Foggy Bottom Campus 1957 E Street, NW, City View Room (7th Floor) Washington DC 20052

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