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Senior Conference 52
 
National Security Reform For a New Era: Revisiting the National Security Act of 1947 
 
April 24-26, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, April 24, 2016
 
  
 
12:00-5:00 PM            Guest Arrival
                                    Thayer Hotel
 
6:00-6:45 PM              Reception
                                    Grant Ballroom, Thayer Hotel
 
7:00-9:00 PM              Dinner
                                    Pershing Room, Thayer Hotel
 
8:00-9:00 PM              Opening Keynote Address
National Security Reform for the Contemporary Era: Understanding the Past to Chart the Way Ahead
 
9:00 PM                      No-Host Mixer
                                    General Patton’s Tavern, Thayer Hotel
 
 
Monday, April 25, 2016
 
 
 
7:00-8:00 AM             Breakfast Buffet
                                    Thayer Hotel
 
8:00-8:30 AM             Movement to Jefferson Hall
 
8:30-10:00 AM           Panel Session 1
                                    Haig Room, Jefferson Hall
 
Theme: Setting the Historical Stage: Continuity and Change Since the End of the Second World War
 
Motivating Questions:
·         What was the strategic impetus that gave rise to the National Security Act of 1947?
·         How, and with what level of effectiveness, did the national security framework established in the post-World War II environment serve American foreign policy during the Cold War?
·         What are the key challenges of the contemporary strategic environment, and in what ways do they overlap with or diverge from the past?
 
10:00-10:15 AM         Break
10:15-11:45 AM         Panel Session 2
                                    Haig Room, Jefferson Hall
 
Theme:  The Institutional Environment and the Evolution of National Security Institutions through the 20th and 21st Centuries
                                               
                                    Motivating Questions:
·         How and why have the institutions and processes for developing and implementing national security policy changed—or not—over time?
·         How do resource constraints affect institutions and processes for making national security policy?
·         Do the institutions we have meet our current and anticipated future national security needs? 
 
11:45-12:00 PM          Movement to West Point Club
 
12:00-1:30 PM            Lunch Buffet
                                    West Point Club
 
12:45-1:30 PM            Keynote Address
The State of National Security Policymaking During the Cold War
 
1:30-1:45 PM              Movement to Jefferson Hall
 
1:45-3:15 PM              Panel Session 3
                                    Haig Room, Jefferson Hall
 
Theme:  Emerging Challenges: National Security Reform in a Changed International and Domestic Environment
                                               
                                    Motivating Questions:
·         How have emerging challenges, such as the role of the cyber domain, non-state actors, or changes in civil-military relation, shaped the national security environment?
·         Is the national security architecture of the Cold War era equipped to handle systemic shocks? 
·         How can we design institutions to accommodate current national security needs, with sufficient resilience and adaptability to respond to change?
 
3:30-4:30 PM              Transportation to Thayer Hotel or Optional West Point Tour
                                               
5:30-6:30 PM              Reception
                                    Grant Ballroom, Thayer Hotel
 
6:30-8:30 PM              Dinner
                                    Pershing Room, Thayer Hotel
 
 
 
7:30-8:30 PM              Keynote Address
Defense Reform in a Resource Constrained Environment: Adapting to Meet Current and Future Challenges
                                               
8:30 PM                      No-Host Mixer
                                    General Patton’s Tavern, Thayer Hotel
 
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
 
 
 
7:30-8:30 AM             Breakfast Buffet
                                    Thayer Hotel
 
8:30-9:00 AM             Movement to Jefferson Hall
 
9:00-10:30 AM           Panel Session 3
Haig Room, Jefferson Hall
 
Theme:  Forging the Way Ahead
                                               
                                    Motivating Questions:
·         Is our national security infrastructure plagued by institutional sclerosis?
·         What kinds of institutional changes are necessary and feasible to meet the significant changes in our operating environment?
·         What else must change—beyond institutions—to create a more effective and efficient framework for making national security policy?
 
 
10:30-10:45 AM         Concluding Remarks
Understanding the Past to Inform the Future: Where Do We Go from Here?
 
11:00 AM                   Guest Departure
                                    Boxed Lunches Provided
 
 
 
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