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Senior Conference 51
 
Counterterrorism: Unconventional Approaches to an unconventional threat
 
April 19-21, 2015
 
EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE AGENDA 
 
 
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Civilian Business Casual Attire
 
12:00-5:00 PM            ARRIVAL OF GUESTS
 
6:00–6:45 PM             RECEPTION
                                                                                                       
7:00-9:30 PM              DINNER
 
8:00-8:15 PM              WELCOMING REMARKS AND INTRODUCTION
 
8:15-9:15 PM              OPENING KEYNOTE
                                    The State of Global Counterterrorism Today
 
9:15-9:30 PM              CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
 
9:30 PM                      NO-HOST AFTER DINNER MIXER
 
Monday, 20 April 2015
Civilian Business Casual Attire
 
6:30-7:30 AM             NO-HOST BREAKFAST
 
8:15-9:50 AM             SESSION 1: DETERMINING STRATEGIC ENDS IN COMPLEX AND UNCERTAIN ENVIRONMENTS
 
·         How should we think about the strategic ends in regards to counterterrorism?
·         How do other communities of practice craft strategic ends for ambiguous, volatile, and poorly understood problem sets?
·         If one assumes that we will never fully “defeat al-Qa`ida, its affiliates and adherents,” what should our strategic end be?
                                               
9:50-10:05 AM           BREAK
 
10:05-11:50 AM         SESSION 2: METRICS AND DATA
 
·         How useful are metrics in gauging our actions and performance in the counterterrorism domain?
·         What can other fields teach strategists about crafting metrics that are useful for gauging purposes?
·         Do we have the right metrics to critically evaluate the progress / lack of progress the United States has made in the CT arena? If not, what metrics and data should be used?
 
12:15-12:30 PM          INTRODUCTION OF KEYNOTE SPEAKER
 
12:30 – 1:20 PM         LUNCH & KEYNOTE SPEAKER
 
                                    LUNCH KEYNOTE
                                    Unconventional Approaches and our Layered CT Strategy
 
1:50-3:20 PM              SESSION 3: MEDIA AND THE WAR OF IDEAS
 
·         What should our goals be in this area?
·         What can we learn from prior efforts that have attempted to fix this problem over the years and, by the account of many, have not succeeded?
·         How can the United States be more effective in responding to and countering the media and propaganda released by terror groups and their supporters and sympathizers?  
·         In the quest to win hearts and minds, how do practitioners in other fields alter thinking and change behaviors that are harmful yet ultimately attractive to certain segments of the population?  
 
3:45-5:00 PM              Boat Ride along the Hudson River
 
6:30-7:00 PM              RECEPTION
 
7:00-9:30 PM              DINNER
 
8:10-8:25 PM              WELCOMING REMARKS AND KEYNOTE INTRODUCTION
 
8:25-9:25 PM              DINNER KEYNOTE ADDRESS
                                    The Future of Counterterrorism  
                                   
9:25 PM                      ADMINISTRATIVE REMARKS
 
9:30 PM                      NO-HOST AFTER DINNER MIXER
 
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Civilian Business Casual Attire
 
6:30-7:30 AM             NO-HOST BREAKFAST & CHECK OUT
 
8:15-10:00 AM           SESSION 4: PARTNERSHIPS AND BUILDING PARTNER CAPACITY
 
·         How should we think about building partner capacity in CT?
·         Given the important role that partnering and enabling often play in CT, what cases should we look at as models of success or failure? What can the United States learn from these cases? 
·         What are the best practices in balancing politics and operational effectiveness when combating threats that require multilateral approaches and public-private partnerships to be successful?
 
10:00-10:15 AM         BREAK
10:15-11:45 AM         SESSION 5: ISLAMIC STATE POLICY SESSION
 
·         What should our strategic end state be with respect to the so-called Islamic State?   
·         What are the main lessons that the United States can learn from its prior efforts confronting and combating the Islamic State’s predecessor groups – al-Qa`ida in Iraq and the Islamic State of Iraq? 
·         What can the United States do now to avoid the further spread and appeal of the Islamic State and like-minded jihadist groups in other parts of the globe? 
 
11:45 AM-12:00 PM   CLOSING REMARKS
 
12:00 PM        DEPARTURE FROM WEST POINT
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