Tuesday, February, 24, 2015

Future of War Conference, New America-Arizona State, Washington DC


First Annual Conference

February 24-25, 2015

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC

Co-Sponsored by

Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War


New America


The First Annual Future of War Conference brings together a diverse, interdisciplinary collection of experts to discuss the profound social, political, economic, and cultural implications of the changing nature of war and conflict. The theme of the event is “How is Warfare Changing?,” which we explore through a consideration of three sub-themes: “How Are Emerging Technologies and Strategies Redefining the Practice of War?;” “Are We Living in a Forever War?;” and “Can We Better Understand How Warfare is Evolving by Reflecting on History?” The conference also launches the Future of War Project, which links New America, a DC-based think tank and civic engagement enterprise, and Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative public research universities.


CNN is the leading media partner for the conference and will live-stream panels on CNN.com. DefenseOne will also be a media partner for this event.


Confirmed presenters and moderators include current and former policymakers from multiple U.S. government agencies, members of the military, journalists, scholars, and international affairs experts.



  • Sen. John McCain – U.S. Senator, Arizona; Chairman, Senate Armed Service Committee.
  • The Honorable Suzanne Spaulding – Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • The Honorable Tom Malinowski – Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State.
  • Dr. Arati Prabhakar – Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
  • The Honorable Michèle Flournoy – Co-Founder and CEO, Center for a New America Security; Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense.
  • The Honorable Sharon Burke – Senior Advisor, New America; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense.
  • 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.
  • Bay Fang – Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
  • Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter – President and CEO, New America; Former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State.
  • The Honorable Harold Koh – Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School; Former Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State.
  • Anish Goel – Senior South Asia Fellow, International Security Program, New America; Former Senior Director for South Asia, National Security Council.
  • Shamila Chaudhary – Senior South Asia Fellow, New America; Former Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, National Security Council.
  • 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.



  • Gen. Raymond Odierno –Chief of Staff, U.S. Army.
  • Adm. Michelle J. Howard – Vice Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy.
  • Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster – Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
  • Vice Adm. (ret.) Ann Rondeau – Former President, National Defense University.
  • Maj. Gen. Najim Abed al-Jabouri – Former Mayor, Tal Afar, Iraq; Distinguished Research Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University.
  • Maj. Gen. (ret.) Charles Dunlap – Professor of the Practice of Law; Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University.
  • Col. (ret.) Ioannis Koskinas – CEO, Hoplite Group; Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America; Retired U.S. Air Force Officer, Special Operations.
  • Dr. David Kilcullen – ASU Future of War Senior Fellow, New America; Author, The Accidental Guerilla; Former Senior Advisor on Counterinsurgency to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Gen. David Petraeus.
  • Chris Fussell – Partner, McChrystal Group; Senior Fellow, New America; Navy SEAL Lt. Commander (Reserves).
  • Dave Silverman – Co-Founder and CEO, McChrystal Group; Former Navy SEAL Officer.
  • Midshipman Zane Markel – Midshipman, Center for Cyber Security Studies, U.S. Naval Academy.



  • Kevin Baron – Executive Editor, DefenseOne.
  • Wolf Blitzer – Anchor, The Situation Room, CNN.
  • Gordon Lubold – Senior Military Writer, DefenseOne.
  • Thomas E. Ricks – Senior Advisor for National Security, New America; Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy; Author, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today.
  • Jim Sciutto – Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN.
  • Barbara Starr – Pentagon Correspondent, CNN.
  • Jake Tapper – Chief Washington Correspondent; Anchor, The Lead, CNN.



  • 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.
  • William Banks – Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University.
  • Dr. Gaymon Bennett – Assistant Professor of Religion, Science, and Technology, Arizona State University.
  • Nadya Bliss – Co-Director, Security and Defense Systems Initiative, Arizona State University.
  • Dr. Philip Bobbitt – Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence; Director, Center for National Security Law; Columbia Law School; Author, The Shield of Achilles and Terror and Consent: The Wars for the 21st Century.  
  • Rosa Brooks – Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America; Professor, Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Dr. Michael Crow – President, Arizona State University.
  • 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 and Defense Systems Initiative, Arizona State University; Former Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force; ASU Foundation Professor; Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan.
  • Laura A. Dickinson – ASU Future of War Fellow, New America; Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law, George Washington Law School.
  • Sir Lawrence Freedman – Professor of War Studies, King’s College London; Author, Strategy: A History.
  • Dr. David Gartner – Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs, Arizona State University.
  • Dr. Ryan Goodman – Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Just Security Blog.
  • Dr. Karen Greenberg – Director, Center on National Security, Fordham University School of Law.
  • Orde Kittrie – Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Visiting Scholar, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins 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.
  • Dr. Oriana Mastro – Assistant Professor of Security Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; Officer, U.S. Air Force Reserves.
  • Naz Modirzadeh – Founding Director, Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, Harvard Law School.
  • Dr. Ian Morris – Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, Why the West Rules – for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future.
  • Dr. Steven Pinker – Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; Author, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.
  • Dr. George Poste – Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Regents’ Professor and Del E. Webb Chair in Health Innovation, Arizona State University.
  • Daniel Rothenberg – Fellow, New America; Professor of Practice, Arizona State University; Co-Director, Future of War Program.
  • Dr. Sheldon Simon – Director, Center for Asian Studies, Arizona State University.



  • Peter Bergen – Vice President, Director of Studies, New America; Professor of Practice, Arizona State University; Co-Director, Future of War Project.
  • Alan Davidson – Vice President, Open Technology Institute, New America.
  • Michael Lind – ASU Future of War Fellow; Co-Founder, New America.
  • Dr. Peter W. Singer – Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America; Author, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (forthcoming).