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NEWPORT, R.I. – Several Naval War College faculty members and a student are in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, participating as panelists in the Army War College’s 21st Annual Strategy Conference.

Many of the world's foremost experts on the changing nature of war are attending and participating in this year's conference titled, "Defining War for the 21st Century," with the goal of clarifying the issues, outlining the debates, and generating strategic options.

The conference agenda, for April 7-8, includes six panels, with NWC representation on four of them.

Dr. Michael Vlahos of Strategy and Policy Department and Dr. Peter Dombrowski, Chairman for the Strategic Research Department, are on the panel for “How Do We Know That We Are at War?”

College of Naval Warfare student Col. Robert Cassidy, U.S. Army, is a panelist for “Who Participates in War?”

Dr. Martin Cook, Stockdale Professor in the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership, is speaking on “What Rules Govern War?”

Dr. Thomas Mahnken of Strategy and Policy Department is on a panel addressing, “Why Does It Matter?”

In the current operational environment, the definition of "fighting and winning America's wars" is the subject of intense debate. Through this conference, the Army War College and its Strategic Studies Institute continue efforts to stimulate intellectual discourse, to foster informed policymaking processes, and to develop effective U.S. strategy in the post-September 11 world.

Each year, approximately two hundred participants engage in collegial debate at the Army War College, concerning some of the most pressing and perplexing national security issues of the day. Panels are comprised of three to five distinguished experts who frame the discussion and facilitate a spirited question and answer session.

From Naval War College Public Affairs