Previous IFPA-Fletcher Conferences

The 34th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on
National Security Strategy and Policy:
Security Planning and Military Transformation

December 2-3, 2003
U.S. Chamber of
Commerce Building
Lafayette Square, 1615 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

Final Conference Agenda

Tuesday, December 2

7:30 – 9:00 am — Conference Registration and Informal Reception

9:00 – 9:15 am — Conference Welcome and Introduction

Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., President, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Security Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Vice Admiral Kevin P. Green, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy & Operations

9:15 - 10:45 am — Session 1: The Changing Context of Security Planning


  • The use of force in regional contingencies
  • Military transformation and alliance futures
  • Asymmetric threats and non-state actor terrorist challenges
  • New operational concepts and technologies for defense and deterrence
  • Implications for strategy and operational planning
  • The war for “hearts and minds” and security cooperation in the new era


Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.


  • Mr. Andrew Hoehn, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy
  • Mr. Robert D. Kaplan, author and correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly
  • Dr. Paul Bracken, Professor of Management and Political Science, Yale University
  • Mr. Mansoor Ijaz, Chairman, Crescent Investment Management
  • Dr. Hans Binnendijk, Director, the Center of Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University

10:45 – 11:00 am — Break

11:00 – 11:45 am — Session 1 Discussion

12:00 Noon - 1:15 pm — Luncheon and Address

Introduction by Dr. Charles M. Perry, Vice President and Director of Studies, IFPA

Address by the Honorable John Bolton, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

1:30 - 3:30 pm — Session 2: Dissuading and Deterring 21st Century Threats: Operationalizing the New Strategic Triad


  • The post-9/11 deterrence paradigm
  • The future of extended deterrence
  • Fielding and organizing capabilities for counter-WMD missions
  • Identifying options for preemption in the context of the Nuclear Posture Review and the National Security Strategy
  • Integrating global strike, missile defense, and information operations in support of regional contingency planning
  • Expeditionary strike as a component of global strike


Dr. Stephen M. Younger, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency


  • Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., USN, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
  • Dr. J.D. Crouch, Professor, Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Southwest Missouri State University, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy
  • Dr. William Schneider, Jr., Chairman, Defense Science Board
  • Dr. Keith B. Payne, President, National Institute for Public Policy, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Policy

Session 2 — Discussion

3:30 - 3:45 pm — Break

3:45 - 5:30 pm — Session 3: Combatant Command Views on Organizing and Implementing National Defense Strategies


  • Command priorities and essential mission areas
  • “Sealing the seams”: working through cross-regional issues
  • Prosecuting the global war on terrorism (GWOT) and what it means for Combatant Command (COCOM) planning
  • Re-balancing forward presence and support infrastructures
  • Synchronizing CONUS-based capabilities for regional contingencies


Captain Peter M. Swartz, USN (Ret.), Director, Strategic and Operational History Studies, CNA Corporation Center for Strategic Studies


  • General James T. Hill, USA, Commander, U.S. Southern Command
  • Vice Admiral Eric T. Olson, USN, Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Lieutenant General Edward G. Anderson III, USA, Deputy Commander, U.S. Northern Command

Session 3 — Discussion

6:00 - 6:45 pm — Reception

6:45 - 8:45 pm — Dinner and Address

Introduction by: Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.

Address by Congressman Curt Weldon, Vice Chairman, House Armed Services Committee, and Chairman, Tactical and Land Forces Subcommittee

Wednesday, December 3

7:30 – 8:30 am — Informal Reception

8:30 – 9:30 am — Address

Introduction by Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.
Address by Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN (Ret.), Director, Office of Force Transformation

9:30 - 9:45 am — Break

9:45 - 11:45 am — Session 4: Transformation for the New Era: Service Perspectives


  • Lessons learned since 9/11 and from Operation Iraqi Freedom regarding force structure planning and future requirements
  • Service priorities for transformation
  • Leveraging opportunities for joint operations
  • Future utilization and integration of the Regional Commands in contingency and security cooperation planning


Dr. Jacquelyn K. Davis, Executive Vice President, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis


  • Admiral Vernon E. Clark, USN, Chief of Naval Operations
  • General Peter J. Schoomaker, USA, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
  • General Michael W. Hagee, USMC, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Vice Admiral Thomas J. Barrett, USCG, Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Lt. General Duncan J. McNabb, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, U.S. Air Force

Session 4 Discussion

12:00 Noon - 1:30 pm — Luncheon and Address

Introduction by Dr. Jacquelyn K. Davis
Address by General Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1:45 - 3:30 pm — Session 5: Coalition Operations and Alliance Transformation


  • Building capabilities for “coalitions of the willing”
  • U.S. global posture changes and their impact on alliance relations
  • Priority mission areas for U.S.-Allied coalition planning
  • The role of multilateral planning: opportunities and constraints
  • Experimentation and technology development in a coalition context


Dr. Charles M. Perry


  • Mr. Nobukatsu Kanehara, Counselor for Political Affairs, Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC
  • Brigadier Mark Kelly, Royal Australian Army, is Director, Combined Planning Group, U.S. Central Command
  • Lieutenant General Robert W. Wagner, USA, Deputy Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command
  • Mr. Tony Brenton, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Washington, DC
  • Mr. Ovidiu Dranga, Deputy Secretary of State for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Defense Policy, Ministry of National Defense, Romania

Session 5 Discussion

3:30 – 3:45 pm — Closing Remarks