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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Oct. 3, 2012

FAIRFAX, Va. – The U.S. Naval War College’s Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security, professor Thomas G. Mahnken, hosted a workshop on “Net Assessment: Past, Present, and Future” in Fairfax, Va., Sept. 27-28.
Held at the Mason Inn on the campus of George Mason University, the workshop brought together distinguished scholars and practitioners to examine the concept of net assessment, its evolution over the past four decades, as well as its future.
Participants included professor James FitzSimonds from the Naval War College Center for Naval Warfare Studies, professor Eliot A. Cohen of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, professor Stephen P. Rosen of Harvard University Department of Government, former Secretary of the Air Force James G. Roche, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, and the current Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Honorable Michael G. Vickers.
During the workshop, an international team of scholars and practitioners gave presentations on a variety of topics associated with the theme, including “The History of Net Assessment in the U.S. Government, “The Office of Net Assessment and its Customers,” “Assessments of the Soviet Union,” and “The Future of Net Assessment.”

The workshop was the first step in a project that will lead to an edited volume on the art and practice of net assessment that will be published by an academic press.

The workshop was made possible through the generous support of the Naval War College Foundation.

Edited by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy