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Newport, R.I. - The Naval War College’s 61st annual Current Strategy Forum is scheduled to be held in Newport, R.I., June 8-9.

Hosted by the Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, this year’s conference will explore the theme of “The Global System in Transition” by examining United States foreign policy in the emerging global order, the "strategic leadership" opportunities for the United States, and the role of the maritime services in supporting the nation's key objectives. 
The Current Strategy Forum is the capstone event of the Naval War College’s resident curriculum, and an opportunity for the exchange of views among outstanding thinkers from across business, industry, government, and the military.
During the two-day event, participants will hear from maritime services leadership and leading academic experts. Keynote speakers include the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.  
Panels will explore historical perspectives on winning over adversaries, the implications of the emerging international system for U.S. national security and future prosperity, and building trust and cooperation in the art of changing relationships to partnerships.
The agenda and speaker biographies are available at
“The Global System in Transition” provides a clear opportunity for the United States to exercise strategic leadership, but one entailing a very different approach than pursued in the past. The nation’s Maritime Strategy, in part, seeks to take advantage of this logic. The maritime services have set out to advance the collective interests among relevant states, without which meaningful solutions to emergent issues are not possible. Networks and partnerships can help advance the goal of a more stable global system. Understanding of the art and means of doing so will be among America’s key challenges in the years ahead.
The first forum at the Naval War College was held on May 9, 1949, under the title “Round Table Talks,” and offered an opportunity for the nation’s public servants, scholars, and senior military officers to join the Naval War College faculty and students to discuss the future strategy of the United States. Over time this forum has expanded to include a cross section of America’s civilian leadership to encourage a wide-ranging debate on national and international security. The Secretary of the Navy hosts the event annually.
From NWC Public Affairs Office
NOTE TO MEDIA: Media are invited to cover the conference. Since the Naval War College is located on a military installation, media organizations interested in covering any portion of the event need to contact the Naval War College Public Affairs Office at (401) 841-2220 to make arrangements for access via Naval Station Newport Gate One. You must have proof of registration and insurance to drive on base. Speaker biographies are available at