From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
April 4, 2013


Professor Peter Dutton, China Maritime Studies Institute director, spoke on “The Power and Limits of Law Territorial and Maritime Disputes” at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies China Forum, April 1.  Video is available at

He also testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearing on “China’s Maritime Disputes in the East and South China Seas,” on April 4.  Testimony is available online at

Professor Michael Schmitt, chair of the international law department, delivered a “Public Lecture" at the Strategy and Security Institute of Exeter University (UK) on March 11. Later in the week he delivered a second lecture at Chatham House in London. Both presentations focused on the international law governing cyber conflict.

Schmitt spoke at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. launch of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyberwarfare on March 28 .  He served as Director of the team of 20 international law experts that produced the Manual. Professor Heintschel von Heinegg, the current U.S. Naval War College Stockton Professor, was a key drafter of the manual as well. Video is available at

International law department’s professors Michael  Schmitt, Heintschel von Heinegg and Cmdr. James Kraska spoke at the Duke University Law School conference entitled "Battlefields, Boardrooms, and Backyards: The New Face of National Security Law" on March 2.

Schmitt delivered the keynote address, discussing cyber issues and the Tallinn Manual. His video starts at


Von Heinegg's discussion on autonomous weapon systems is available at

Kraska’s talk about maritime legal issues is online at


Professor Joan Johnson-Freese, National Security Affairs, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation on “Assessing the Risks, Impacts, and Solutions for Space Threats” on March 20.  Video is available at (prepared remarks at 37:40)
and her testimony transcript is online at

She spoke at the Space Security Conference 2013: Enhancing confidence, securing space stability, April 2-3, in Geneva. Her presentation was on "Space Weaponization: an analysis of political and technological developments which could impact the placement of weapons in lute space." The conference was organized by The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, in collaboration with Chatham House, Secure World Foundation and The Simons Foundation, with support from the governments of the People's Republic of China, India, Japan, the Russian Federation and the U.S.

She also addressed the AAE Spring 2013 Colloquium Series on “Space as the Final Frontier: Fact versus Fiction,” at Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, March 6. She addressed questions regarding whether there is a new space race, should space be weaponized, and about the sustainability of the space environment. Complicating these already complex questions is the environment of increasing budget austerity within which they are being asked. She considered not just what America is doing in space but other countries as well, and the dual-use nature of space technology. Both of those parameters make space activity subject to geostrategic and security considerations that often make fact versus fiction difficult to distinguish.

Lastly, she spoke at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 19 about her book, Educating America’s Military.  The presentation is available to view online through C-Span at


Professor Toshi Yoshihara, Strategy and Policy, spoke on a panel moderated by professor Thomas Mahnken, also of Strategy and Policy, at a meeting at the American Enterprise Institute on "Taking the Long View: Strategies for Peacetime Competition with China" on March 5.

A transcript of the event is available and video of the session can be viewed online at



Col. Robert M. Cassidy, Ph.D., U.S. Army, a military professor in the Joint Military Operations department, spoke to the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations on March 13.  The talk and the subsequent discussion focused on the war in Afghanistan the strategic risks associated with the enemy sanctuaries inside Pakistan.  The American Committees on Foreign Relations are located across the United States and are dedicated to advancing public dialogue on foreign relations.  As part of the talk, Colonel Cassidy shared insights from his latest War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011, published by Marine Corps University Press in 2012.  


Professor Martin L. Cook, Admiral James Bond Stockdale Chair of Professional Military Ethics, visited the Colombian War College March 4-10 in support of their developing program of Studies on Military Ethics.  He spoke during workshops on topics that concern advances in the field of military ethics.

He participated in a panel on “Ethics & Drone Warfare” at University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies March 20.  A news article detailing the event is available at

He also discussed "The Dangers of Integrity?" for a dialogue on ethics and moral psychology at Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on March 22.


Professor James Holmes, Strategy and Policy, spoke at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on Feb. 26.  The event focused on “Taiwan and the U.S. Pivot to Asia: New Realities in the Region?”


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