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The New America/ASU future of war hoedown: Quite a conference lineup

This one stands out. And believe me, brother, I’ve attended tons of them. You can catch it live streamed on CNN.com. **Tuesday February 24, 2015** 8:00 – 8:30: Registration and Breakfast 8:30 – 8:50: Welcome and Opening Remarks Dr. Michael Crow – President, Arizona State University Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter – President and CEO, New America 9:00 – 9:50: ...

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This one stands out. And believe me, brother, I’ve attended tons of them. You can catch it live streamed on CNN.com.

**Tuesday February 24, 2015**

8:00 – 8:30: Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:50: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Michael Crow – President, Arizona State University
Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter – President and CEO, New America

9:00 – 9:50: Machines That Kill: Will We Rely on Autonomous Weapons?

Peter Bergen (moderator) – Vice President, Director of Studies, New America; Professor of Practice, Arizona State University; Co-Director, Future of War Project
Dr. Mary (Missy) Cummings – Associate Professor, Duke University; Director, Humans and Automation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Former U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot
Dr. Werner Dahm – Chief Scientist, Security & Defense Systems Initiative, Arizona State University; Former Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force; ASU Foundation Professor; Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan
Vice Adm. (ret.) Ann Rondeau – Former President, National Defense University
Dr. Peter W. Singer – Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America; Author, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (forthcoming)

9:50 – 10:40: Climate Change, Pandemics, and the Competition for Prosperity: Planning for Non-Military Security Challenges

The Honorable Sharon Burke (moderator) – Senior Advisor, International Security Program, New America; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense
Nadya Bliss – Co-Director, Security & Defense Systems Initiative, Arizona State University
Dr. David Gartner – Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs, Arizona State University
Col. Troy Thomas – Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council; Officer, United States Air Force

10:50 – 11:40: Continuities and Change in Future Armed Conflict

Jake Tapper (moderator) – Chief Washington Correspondent; Anchor, The Lead, CNN
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster – Commanding General, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

11:40 – 12:00: Lunch

12:00 – 12:30: Striking a Balance: Authorizing the Future Use of Military Force

Heather Hurlburt (moderator) – Director, New Models of Policy Change Program, New America
The Honorable Harold Koh – Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School; Former Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

12:40 – 1:30: How Will the Digital Biology Revolution Transform Conflict?

Dr. Gaymon Bennett – Assistant Professor of Religion, Science, and Technology, Arizona State University
Dr. Michael Crow – President, Arizona State University
Dr. Gary Marchant – Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law, and Ethics; Faculty Director of the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation, Arizona State University

1:40 – 2:20: How Will Technology Shape the Future of War?

Barbara Starr (moderator) – Pentagon Correspondent, CNN
Dr. Arati Prabhakar – Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

2:20 – 3:00: What is Cybersecurity at Home?

Alan Davidson (moderator) – Vice President, Open Technology Institute, New America
The Honorable Suzanne Spaulding – Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

3:10 – 4:00: How Should We Adjust the Laws of War to Address the Changing Nature of Conflict?

Rosa Brooks (moderator) – Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America
William Banks – Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University
Laura A. Dickinson – Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law, George Washington Law School; ASU Future of War Fellow, New America;
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Charles Dunlap – Professor of the Practice of Law; Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University
Naz Modirzadeh – Founding Director, Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, Harvard Law School

4:10 – 5:00: How Does the Navy See the Future of War?

Jim Sciutto (moderator) – Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN
Adm. Michelle Howard – Vice Chief, Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

**Wednesday February 25, 2015 8:00 am–5:00 pm**

8:00 – 8:30: Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30: Reflections on the Future of War

Wolf Blitzer (moderator) – Anchor, The Situation Room, CNN
Gen. Raymond Odierno – Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

9:40 – 10:20: What Do Lessons from History Tell Us About the Future of War?

Michael Lind (moderator) – ASU Future of War Fellow; Co-Founder, New America
Dr. Philip Bobbitt – Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence; Director, Center for National Security Law; Columbia Law School; Author, The Shield of Achilles
Sir Lawrence Freedman – Professor of War Studies, King’s College London; Author, Strategy: A History
Dr. Ian Morris – Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, War: What Is It Good For?

10:30 – 11:00: Why is Violent Conflict Decreasing in the Long-term?

Daniel Rotherberg – Professor of Practice, Arizona State University; Fellow, New America; Co-Director, Future of War Project
Dr. Steven Pinker – Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; Author, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

11:10 – 11:50: How Will the Wars of the 21st Century be Fought?

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter (moderator) – President and CEO, New America
Dr. Brad Allenby – Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; Affiliated Faculty, Center on the Future of War, Arizona State University
Dr. David Kilcullen – Chairman, Caerus Global Solutions; ASU Future of War Senior Fellow, New America; Author, The Accidental Guerilla and Out of the Mountains
Dr. Peter W. Singer – Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America; Author, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (forthcoming)

11:50 – 12:00: Personal Reflection – The Next Generation of Cyberwar

Dr. Peter W. Singer (introduction) – Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America; Author, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (forthcoming)
Midshipman Zane Markel – Midshipman, Center for Cyber Security Studies, U.S. Naval Academy

12:00 – 12:20: Lunch

12:20 – 12:50: Will There be a Nuclear War in South Asia?

Gordon Lubold (moderator) – Senior Military Writer, DefenseOne
Shamila Chaudhary (moderator or panelist) – Senior South Asia Fellow, New America; Former Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, National Security Council
Dr. Anish Goel – Senior South Asia Fellow, International Security Program, New America; Former Senior Director for South Asia, National Security Council
Orde Kittrie – Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Dr. Moeed Yusuf – Director, South Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

12:50 – 1:20: Is a Long Peace Possible in Asia? How Does China See the Future of War?

Bay Fang (moderator) – Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Philippe Le Corre – Visiting Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution
Dr. Oriana Mastro – Assistant Professor of Security Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; Officer, U.S. Air Force Reserves
Dr. Sheldon Simon – Director, Center for Asian Studies, Arizona State University

1:30 – 1:40: Personal Reflection – Life as a Mayor in Wartime Iraq

Col. Joel Rayburn (introduction) – Adjunct Fellow, International Security Program, New America; Author, Iraq After America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance
Maj. Gen. Najim Abed al-Jabouri – Distinguished Research Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Former Mayor, Tal Afar, Iraq

1:40 – 2:20: What Does the Rise of ISIS Tell Us About the Future of War?

Tara Maller (moderator) – Associate Director for Strategic Communications, Franklin Project, Aspen Institute; Research Fellow, International Security Program, New America
Barak Barfi – Research Fellow, International Security Program, New America
Souad Mekhennet – Journalist, Washington PostZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), and the Daily Beast
Dr. Douglas Ollivant – Partner, Mantid International; ASU Future of War Senior Fellow, New America; Former Director for Iraq, National Security Council
Emma Sky – Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University; Former High Level Advisor in Iraq for the U.S. and U.K. Governments

2:20 – 3:00: How Do You Defeat a Networked Enemy Like ISIS? Lessons from Joint Special Operations Command

Peter Bergen (moderator) – Vice President, Director of Studies, New America; Professor of Practice, Arizona State University; Co-Director, Future of War Program
Commander Chris Fussell – Chief of Network Management, McChrystal Group; Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America; Navy SEAL Commander (Reserves)
Col. (Ret.) Ioannis Koskinas – CEO, Hoplite Group; Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America; Retired U.S. Air Force Officer, Special Operations

3:10 – 3:50: What Human Rights Will Be Most at Risk in Future Wars?

Dr. Karen Greenberg (moderator) – Director, Center on National Security, Fordham University School of Law
Dr. Ryan Goodman – Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Just Security Blog
The Honorable Tom Malinowski – Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
Daniel Rothenberg – Professor of Practice, Arizona State University; Fellow, New America; Co-Director, Future of War Project

3:50 – 4:30: Is the Pentagon Adapting Fast Enough?

Kevin Baron (moderator) – Executive Editor, DefenseOne
Dr. Janine Davidson – Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans, U.S. Department of Defense
The Honorable Michèle Flournoy – Co-Founder and CEO, Center for a New American Security; Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
Tom Ricks – Senior Advisor for National Security, International Security Program, New America; Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy

4:30 – 5:00: How Will Congress Shape the U.S. Military of the Future?

Sen. John McCain – U.S. Senator, Arizona; Chairman, Senate Armed Service Committee

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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