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SCHEDULE

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 - OCTOBER 2, 2021

The Global Security Forum brings the world's top leadership directly to us - the citizenry. And the Global Security Forum 2021 is shaping up to be the best yet. Space is limited, so we're offering a special opportunity for members to reserve tickets before general admission tickets open.

Please visit the ticket website to learn more about each ticket type and available bundle deals.

ALL WEEK

SECURITY STARTS AT HOME: BIPARTISANSHIP IN THE MODERN AGE

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 | 12:00PM | ONLINE

Is there a way for Republicans and Democrats to work together? We tackle this question in the GSF2021 virtual opening event. Global security starts at home. Is disunity in the U.S. compromising national and global security? Featuring:

  • Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Former Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee

  • Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Current Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee

AFGHANISTAN, THE TALIBAN AND U.S. WITHDRAWAL 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 | 12:00PM | ONLINE

The United States ended its twenty year presence in Afghanistan at the end of August 2021, but what really topped headlines was the subsequent rapid takeover by the Taliban. Decades of progress in equality, education and more is under threat - what will the future of Afghanistan look like, and will the United States get back involved? Featuring:

  • Luke Knittig, External Relations, Power Africa, USAID

  • Former Afghan government official (Name anonymous for security reasons)

RADICALIZATION AND TERRORISM IN THE DIGITAL AGE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 | 12:00PM | ONLINE

Twenty years after 9/11, extremist movements have cultivated new adherents and found new platforms from which to promote their violent ideologies. As these movements have evolved so have the risks they pose to our society and safety. We will discuss the threats that violent extremists continue to pose to our communities, how they have learned to exploit the internet, and what we can do to contain these threats Featuring:

  • Nick Rasmussen, Executive Director, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

*Hosted in partnership with the World Affairs Council of New Jersey*

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1

SPECIAL TWO-PART EVENT!

INNOVATE OR LOSE: THE FUTURE OF THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY

This special event features a two-part panel session, hosting top representatives from the defense industry to explore how they are responding to the need to compete for the future. We kick off GSF2021 weekend by examining emerging technologies – with a focus on space, cyber, and AI – and the defense industry’s approach to military modernization efforts and shifting battle landscapes. See the breakdown below:

A LOOK AT CONNECTICUT'S DEFENSE INNOVATION

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2021 | 3:30PM | ONLINE & IN PERSON

Connecticut Science Center, Theater, Downtown Hartford, 250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, 06103​

Connecticut has some of the largest defense companies in the world, but the world is constantly transforming. How can Connecticut remain competitive without falling behind in this rapidly shifting defense landscape? Featuring:

  • Ken Jeanos, CIO, General Dynamics Electric Boat

  • Mike Ambrose, VP of Enterprise Business Transformation at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company

  • Thomas Prete, VP of Engineering, Military Engines, Pratt & Whitney

  • Moderator Ron Angelo, President & CEO, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

INNOVATION ISN'T OPTIONAL

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2021 | 4:35PM | ONLINE & IN PERSON

Connecticut Science Center, Theater, Downtown Hartford, 250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, 06103​

Innovation in our military, cyber and space industries isn't optional -- it's imperative. The United States might be leading the way in these domains, but it isn't evolving at a rapid enough pace to stay ahead of our foes for long. What can the U.S. do to stay competitive? Featuring:

  • Andrew Zolli, VP of Sustainability & Global Impact, Planet

  • Sarah Mineiro, Senior Director for Space Strategy, Anduril Industries; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program, CNAS

  • Jason Crabtree, CEO & Co-Founder, QOMPLX

  • Moderator Mark Maybury, CTO, Stanley Black & Decker

VIP RECEPTION

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2021 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | IN PERSON

The Capital Grille, 44 Front Street, Hartford, CT

Space extremely limited for the VIP Opening Reception, featuring the opportunity to meet and mingle with GSF speakers, experts, and leaders (as well as a few special guests). Heavy hors d'oeuvres with open bar and specialty drinks.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

GLOBAL SECURITY FORUM 2021

Goodwin University Auditorium, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118

The landscape of global security is evolving as the world faces rapid technological development, new battle frontiers, shifting leadership, and emerging threats. In this present reality, change and innovation is not optional, it is imperative.

LEADERSHIP IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES: US NAVY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 | 9:00AM | ONLINE & IN PERSON

We pair the future of our nation's military with current leaders to discuss the armed forces of tomorrow. What triumphs and challenges will these young luminaries face? And how have our current leaders trailblazed the path forward? Featuring:

  • Amb. Kenneth Braithwaite, 77th Secretary of the U.S. Navy

  • Moderator Caroline Finley, Midshipman, United States Naval Academy

CYBER/SPACE: THE FINAL DOMAINS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 | 9:20AM | ONLINE & IN PERSON

Space and cyber are the emerging combat domains and are only becoming increasingly critical. From our nation's infrastructure to our warfighting capabilities, an attack of magnitude in either of these spheres would be catastrophic to our nation. Featuring:

  • Sarah Mineiro, Senior Director for Space Strategy, Anduril Industries; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program, CNAS

  • Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford (USA, Ret.), SVP Strategic Development/Growth & Sales, Critical Mission Solutions, Jacobs Engineering; Fmr CIO, U.S. Army

  • Moderator Arthur House, Former National Security and Intelligence Officer

LEADERSHIP IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES: U.S. AIR FORCE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 | 10:30AM | ONLINE & IN PERSON

We pair the future of our nation's military with current leaders to discuss the armed forces of tomorrow. What triumphs and challenges will these young luminaries face? And how have our current leaders trailblazed the path forward? Featuring:

  • Gen. Lori Robinson (USAF, Ret.), Fmr Commander, USNORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command

  • Moderator Elizabeth Bourdeau, First Class Cadet, USAF Academy

COMPETING FOR THE FUTURE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 | 10:50AM | ONLINE & IN PERSON

From leadership to cyber, this panel will explore the changing currency of power and ask: how will decisions made today come to define the future? Ultimately, what transformations must occur today in national and global security in order to realize a stable and secure world in the future? Featuring:

  • Admiral Michelle Howard (USN Ret.), Fmr Vice Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

  • Admiral Harry Harris (USN, Ret.), Fmr Commander, USINDOPACOM

  • Moderator Lt. Gen. Michael Moeller (USAF, Ret.), VP for Integrated Customer Solutions, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines

LEADERSHIP IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES: U.S. ARMY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 | 12:30PM | ONLINE & IN PERSON

We pair the future of our nation's military with current leaders to discuss the armed forces of tomorrow. What triumphs and challenges will these young luminaries face? And how have our current leaders trailblazed the path forward? Featuring:

  • Hon. Ryan McCarthy, 24th Secretary of the U.S. Army

  • Moderator Henry Thompson, Cadet, United States Military Academy

GREAT POWER COMPETITION

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 | 12:50PM | ONLINE & IN PERSON

Great power competition has included numerous countries throughout history, but in today's world, is China the new, sole global superpower? What is Beijing's vision of the new international order? Featuring:

  • Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper (USA, Ret.), Fmr Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency

  • Mark Gerencser, Chairman, Business Executives for National Security

  • Moderator Roy Kamphausen, President, National Bureau on Asian Research

LEADERSHIP IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES: FUTURE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 | 1:50PM | ONLINE & IN PERSON

Featuring:

  • Caroline Finley, Midshipman, United States Naval Academy

  • Elizabeth Bourdeau, First Class Cadet, USAF Academy

  • Henry Thompson, Cadet, United States Military Academy

  • Moderator Luke Knittig, GSF2021 Emcee

From space to cyber, the Global Security Forum 2021 will explore the changing currency of power and ask: how will decisions made today come to define the future? Are U.S. battle systems prepared to meet the threats and challenges of the future? With a new U.S. administration, what role will the United States play on the global stage? Ultimately, what transformations must occur today in national and global security in order to realize a stable and secure world in the future?