EU & Foreign Policy Defense Forum 2019

June 6, 2019 | Washington, DC

The Future of the Transatlantic Partnership

The EU & Foreign Policy Defense Forum 2019 is presented in partnership between Foreign Policy and the European Union. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of D-Day and against the backdrop of evolving dynamics shaping EU-U.S. relations, this event will convene a timely and critical conversation about the future of the transatlantic security alliance. Through a mix of dynamic sessions, fireside chats and engaging discussions, the Forum will bring together some of the foremost leaders across the American and European defense and security community exploring ways to foster continued cooperation around common objectives and priorities.

Event Details
June 6, 2019
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave NW,
Washington, DC, 20037
Speakers
Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis
Minister of National Defense, Greece
Admiral Apostolakis serves as the Minister of National Defence of Greece since January 2019. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Hellenic National Defense General Staff, Chief ...
Mark Beall
Chief of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center’s Strategic Engagement and Policy Directorate, Department of Defense
Mark Beall is the Chief of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center’s Strategic Engagement and Policy directorate in the Department of Defense. H...
Margaret Brennan
Moderator of CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ and CBS News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Margaret Brennan is moderator of CBS News' "Face the Nation" and CBS News' senior foreign affairs correspondent based in Washington, D.C. Brennan has reported on politics, inte...
Christian Brose
Head of Strategy, Anduril Industries
Chris Brose is Head of Strategy for Anduril Industries where he is responsible for helping position the company to build technologies that solve the most important defense probl...
Derek Chollett
Executive Vice President for Security and Defense Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Derek Chollet is the Executive Vice President for Security and Defense Policy at The German Marshall Fund. From 2012-2015, Mr. Chollet was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defens...
Elbridge Colby
Director, Defense Program, Center for a New American Security
Elbridge Colby is the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, where he leads CNAS’ work on defense issues. Previously, Colby served as the D...
Pierre Delsaux
Deputy-DG, DG Grow, European Commission
Pierre Delsaux is the Deputy Director General at the European Commission DG GROW. He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991. He was then app...
Diego de Ojeda
European Commission Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union
John Demers
Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice
John Demers became Assistant Attorney General for National Security in 2018. In that capacity, he leads the Department of Justice’s efforts to combat national security related...
Jorge Domecq
Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency
Mr. Domecq was appointed as EDA Chief Executive in 2015. Prior to his appointment, Jorge Domecq, a senior Spanish diplomat, served as Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spai...
Rachel Ellehuus
Deputy Director, Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Rachel Ellehuus is deputy director and senior fellow with the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Before coming to CSIS, she served as p...
Julie Fisher
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe and the EU
Julie Fisher serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe and the EU. She previously served as the Deputy Permanent Representative of the U.S. Mission to...
Major General William B. Hickman
Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, NATO Allied Command Transformation
Major General William B. Hickman was assigned as the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy for the NATO Allied Transformation Command, Norfolk, VA in July 2017. In addition to va...
Ambassador Tina Kaidanow
Senior Advisor, International Cooperation in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, U.S. Department of Defense
Ambassador Tina Kaidanow was appointed on September 25, 2018 as Senior Advisor, International Cooperation in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sus...
Brigadier General Heinz Krieb
Director of Concepts & Capability Directorate of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS) of the European Union External Action Service (EEAS)
Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis
European Union Ambassador to the U.S.
Stavros Lambrinidis is the EU Ambassador to the United States. From 2012 to February 2019, he served as the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights. In 2011, he w...
Jüri Luik
Minister of Defense, Republic of Estonia
Jüri Luik is currently the Estonian minister of Defense. He has held the positions of Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Estonian Minister of Defense and the permanent repre...
Victoria Marum
Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs
Victoria Marum joined Cornerstone’s federal government relations team on May 1, 2019. Victoria joined the firm after serving for more than 11 years in the United States Navy, ...
Ed Royce
Former Congressman and Chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs
U.S. Representative Ed Royce served California’s 39th Congressional District from 1993 to 2019. He was Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2013 to 2019 and a...
Amb. Nathan Sales
Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
Amb. Nathan Sales was sworn in on August 10, 2017 as the Coordinator for Counterterrorism with the rank and status of Ambassador-at-Large. Ambassador Sales leads the State Depar...
Johann Schmid
Director COI Strategy and Defense, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
Dr. Johann Schmid is the Director of COI Strategy and Defence (COI S&D) at the European Centre of Excellence for Counteri...
Lara Seligman
Pentagon Correspondent, Foreign Policy
Lara Seligman is Foreign Policy’s Pentagon correspondent. Before joining FP, she served as the Pentagon editor for Aviation Week and Space Technology. Seligman has al...
Pedro Serrano
Deputy Secretary General for CSDP (Common Security and Defense Policy) and Crisis Response at the European External Action Service (EEAS)
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary General for CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) and Crisis Response at the European External Action Service (EEAS), Pedro Serr...
Rear Admiral (LH) Ettore Socci
Designated Force Commander of Operation Sophia (EUNAVFOR MED)
Former Military Assistant of the Operation Commander of EUNAVFOR MED - Operation SOPHIA, Ettore Socci has been recently designated as next Force Commander. He joined the Italian...
Jonathan Tepperman
Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Jonathan Tepperman is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy and the author of The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World’s Worst Problems. Before joining FP...
Russell Travers
Deputy Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Russell Travers took office as Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on Nov. 13, 2017. Mr. Travers has served in a number of other leadership positions ...
Wil van Gemert
Deputy Executive Director, EUROPOL
Mr. Van Gemert is a Dutch national with a long career in law enforcement and national security. He joined the Dutch National Intelligence Service in 2004, when he was appointed ...
Caroline Vicini
Deputy Head, European Union Delegation in the United States
Prior to joining the Delegation, Ms. Vicini served as Chief of Protocol, with the rank of Ambassador, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2004 to 2009...
Tarah Wheeler
Cybersecurity Policy Fellow, New America
Tarah Wheeler​ is an offensive security researcher, political scientist in the area of international conflict, and poker player. She is a red team/data privacy executive and i...
Andrew Winternitz
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
Agenda
8:00 AM
Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:45 AM
Framing the Day
Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Caroline Vicini, Deputy Head of Delegation, EU Delegation to the U.S.
8:47 AM
Welcome Remarks
Stavros Lambrinidis, European Union Ambassador to the U.S.
9:00 AM
Scene-Setting: Perspectives on European Security: Trends, Threats & Opportunities
Derek Chollet, Executive VP for Security and Defense Policy, German Marshall Fund; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense
Julie Fisher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe and the EU, U.S. Department of State
Edward Randall Royce, former U.S. Representative and Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Pedro Serrano, Deputy Secretary General for CSDP (Common Security and Defense Policy) and Crisis Response at the European External Action Service (EEAS)
9:55 AM
Discussion: Developing a More Capable European Union: Transatlantic Burden-Sharing, PESCO, and the Future of European Defense
Rachel Ellehuus, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow with the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Elbridge Colby, Director of the Defense Program, Center for a New American Security
Pierre Delsaux, Deputy-DG, DG Grow, European Commission
Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency
Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, Senior Advisor, International Cooperation, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S))
Brigadier General Heinz Krieb, Director of Concepts & Capability Directorate of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS) of the European Union External Action Service (EEAS)
11:05 AM
Topic Spotlight: Augmented Capabilities - Harnessing AI and Building Readiness for the Modern Battlespace
Mark Beall, Policy Chief, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Department of Defense
Christian Brose, Head of Strategy, Anduril Industries
Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defense Agency
Tarah Wheeler, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
11:45 AM
Topic Spotlight: EU-NATO and U.S. Cooperation - From Military Mobility to Hybrid Warfare
Lara Seligman, Pentagon Correspondent, Foreign Policy
Diego de Ojeda, European Commission Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union
Major General William B. Hickman, Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, NATO Allied Command Transformation
Johann Schmid, Director COI Strategy and Defence, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
Andrew Winternitz, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
12:30 PM
Lunch & Networking
1:10 PM
Keynote and Q&A
Margaret Brennan, Journalist and Moderator of Face the Nation on CBS News
His Excellency Evangelos Apostolakis, Minister of National Defense, Hellenic Republic
1:40 PM
Commander's Briefing: Notes from Operation Sophia
Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Rear Admiral (LH) Ettore Socci, Designated Force Commander of Operation Sophia (EUNAVFOR MED)
2:00 PM
Topic Spotlight: Counterterrorism Cooperation on the Battlefield, Tracking Foreign Fighters, Information, and Evidence
Victoria Marum, former House Congressional Liaison Officer for the Navy; Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs
John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice
Nathan Sales, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
Russ Travers, Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
Wil Van Gemert, Deputy Executive Director, EUROPOL
2:55 PM
Closing Keynote: Fostering the Transatlantic Relationship: Looking Back – Thinking Forward
Jüri Luik, Minister of Defense, Republic of Estonia
3:15 PM
Concluding Remarks & Adjourn:
Caroline Vicini, Deputy Head of Delegation, EU Embassy in the U.S.
Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy

For more information, contact Susan Sadigova, Director of Strategic Development, or Diana Marrero, Vice President of Strategic Development.