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A National Security Crisis

Our military faces a wide array of challenges across the globe today. China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and transnational terrorism all require U.S. military resources, but defense budget cuts have left the force underfunded and undersized for the tasks we are asking it to perform on a daily basis. The National Defense Strategy Commission, a bipartisan effort to assess the state of the military, alarmingly assesses that the U.S. military, for the first time since the end of the Cold War, is at risk of losing an armed conflict with Russia or China. Please join us for a unique opportunity to hear Senator Jon Kyl, a commissioner on the Commission, discuss these challenges into the future and Congress’s responsibilities in addressing them.

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Re-Designing the Marine Corps for Future War: Necessity or Madness?

General David H. Berger, Marine Corps Commandant, is aggressively pushing a dramatic redesign of the Corps for future war incorporating new missiles, advanced sensors, unmanned platforms, and hypervelocity weapons. HisForce Design 2030effort has drawn enthusiastic support from those who agree that the Corps must change to remain relevant on a more lethal battlefield. But it has generated an equally fervent amount of criticism from others who think the effort is overly focused on China—rendering the Corps irrelevant across a range of other potentially more likely scenarios. To achieve its vision, the Corps is doing away with tanks, reducing conventional artillery, shrinking units, and placing new demands on the Navy, already struggling to modernize its fleet. But it is adding anti-ship missiles, doubling-down on unmanned systems, and reenergizing a profound discussion about the importance of naval power.Will a redesigned Corps make it irrelevant for land operations against conventional militaries of larger state powers or irregular forces like terrorist groups? Or are General Berger’s designs essential to America’s future ability to conduct nearly any military operation in any theater against a host of potential enemies?Join us for an in-depth conversation about all of this with nationally recognized experts who hold informed opinions on both sides of this issue: Dr. Frank G. Hoffman, Lt. Col. USMCR (Ret.), Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University, and Mark F. Cancian, Colonel, USMCR (Ret.), Senior Advisor, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.