Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, National Security Affairs Department, joined Tom Ricks, Senior fellow, Center for a New American Security (CNAS); Maj. Gen. Robert Scales, US Army (ret), formerly Commandant of the US Army War College; and Robert E. Feidler, Director, Defense Strategic Education, and Director, Army Affairs, Reserve Officers Association in a panel discussion on “The Future of Professional Military Education.” Moderated by Professor Mac Owens, National Security Affairs Department, the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) presented the workshop on April 18 in Washington, D.C. The workshop used Joan Johnson-Freese's Winter 2012 Orbis article "The Reform of Military Education: Twenty-Five Years Later"
to discuss and debate the current state of PME.
Audio is available at http://www.fpri.org/multimedia/2012/20120418.symposium.militaryeducation.html
Professor Lyle Goldstein, China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI), attended a conference on "China and the US: Seeking Constructive Interplay in the Asia-Pacific" on April 11-12, in Beijing, PRC. He gave a presentation on "Applying the Brakes to Naval Rivalry in the Western Pacific." Also presenting on Prof. Goldstein's panel was a representative of the Chinese Navy. In addition to maritime security, conference panels focused on the Korean Peninsula and South Asia, as well as the overall state of U.S.-China relations. While in Beijing, Professor Goldstein also purchased numerous Chinese academic books for the unique CMSI mandarin-language research library.
Professor Tom Mahnken, Strategy and Policy Department, spoke at the U.S. Army War College’s Annual Strategy Conference on April 11, on Panel III: "The Role(s) of the Military: Doing What with What?" (Dr. Mahnken's presentation begins at 38:20 in this U.S. Army War College video available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQup5zpmH9g&t=38m20s
Professor John B. Hattendorf, Maritime History Department Chair, participated in the annual conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History in Galveston, Texas, April 23-25. He chaired a session focusing on “Geopolitical Transitions” and spoke on a panel addressing “The Role of Maritime History in Higher Education.”
Professor Mary Raum, National Security Affairs Department, was recently a guest at the United States Naval Academy's Leadership, Ethics and Law Department, the Joy Bright Hancock Organization and for the midshipmen Code of the Warrior Class to discuss several topics including the pros and cons of the full
or partial inclusion of females in the profession of arms, related stories of the female in military from ancient times to today, female POW's from the Civil War to modern times and a variety of cultural aspects related to women warriors.
Professors Jim Cook and Mike Pratt, National Security Affairs Department, taught a one-week Security Strategies and Policy Analysis "mini-course" to Army Senior Service College Fellows (SSCF) at the Defense Acquisition University located in Huntsville, AL. The purpose of the SSCF Program is to provide leadership and acquisition training to prepare senior-level civilians for senior leadership roles such as Product and Project Managers, Program Executive Officers and other key acquisition leadership positions.
Professor Hayat Alvi, National Security Affairs Department, facilitated a panel at Roger Williams University on “Muslim Women in America: A Conversation,” April 25. The panelists, students from Johnson & Wales, the Community College of Rhode Island, and Roger Williams University, talked about their experiences in Rhode Island and about Muslim women’s rights in their home countries, what are the misconceptions Americans have about Muslim women, what hurdles do women Muslim women have here and at home? The event was sponsored by the Intercultural Center and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).