40th IFPA-Fletcher Conference
Positioning Special Operations for Global Challenges

On June 5-6, 2013, the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) and the International Security Studies Program of The Fletcher School, Tufts University, convened the 40th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy in Washington, D.C. Hosted by U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), “Positioning Special Operations Forces for Global Challenges” drew over 320 participants including senior U.S. and allied/partner country officials, military commanders, congressional leaders, academic-policy specialists, industry representatives, other non-governmental experts, and the media for a two-day exchange on the growing importance of special operations forces (SOF) for twenty-first-century security.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter delivered opening keynote remarks. Other speakers and panelists included Admiral William McRaven, USN, commander, USSOCOM; Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, chairman, House Armed Services Committee; Michael A. Sheehan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict; Ambassador Frederick “Rick” Barton, assistant secretary of state and coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization operations; and Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, USA, director, Defense Intelligence Agency. Twenty-seven additional officials and specialists also spoke during the five conference sessions.

For speakers, transcripts, and session topics click on the Speakers & Transcripts and Agenda links, respectively. More speaker transcripts will be posted shortly. Selected videotapes from the conference will be available in the coming weeks. Please check back periodically.