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Reinforcing our Transatlantic Alliance: Croatia’s Contributions and Ideas

Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić will be visiting Washington for an official bilateral meeting with Secretary of State Pompeo on September 12 to emphasize important momentum in the U.S.-Croatia partnership. Croatia has a leading role in South East Europe in advancing the strategic alliance with the United States, and is committed to further building upon this privileged relationship to further advance security cooperation in the region. Croatia’s immediate Western Balkan neighborhood is undergoing major threats to its stability. The stabilization of South East Europe and cooperating on counter-terrorism remains an important strategic goal for both Croatia and the United States. Moreover, as an important member of NATO, Croatia has also shown commitment to the 2% goal in defense of budget increases and stands close with allies in the face of joint threats. Join us as Deputy Prime Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić discusses how to further advance Trans-Atlantic cooperation and continue to strengthen the important security alliance the two countries share.

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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.