Past Event

The Future of Defense

A Conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen

10:00 - 11:15 AM EST

The last year has been a turbulent one for national security. Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, extremists from ISIS to Boko Haram upending nation states, widespread refugee crises, the collapse of Libya and Yemen, and pandemic disease have eroded the stability of the international order. Domestically, the fractious politics make tough choices on defense difficult, raising the risk of ongoing sequester and a misalignment of U.S. strategy with resources and investment.

As the debate over the budget heats up, please join the Center for American Progress in welcoming former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen for a wide-ranging discussion on the future of American defense. From how we manage difficult politics to global areas of crisis to juggling long-term strategic priorities and making smart investments, this conversation will offer insight into the way forward for America’s national security in a turbulent time.

Welcoming remarks:
Rudy deLeon, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Chairman and CEO, The Cohen Group
Katherine Blakeley, Defense Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress