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11: Global Security Forum

Conduct an annual Global Security Forum.

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CSIS launched what is to become an annual signature policy conference, the CSIS Global Security Forum. Last May, the forum brought together foreign policy and national security leaders to discuss the top strategic challenges on the horizon. Gen. James Cartwright (USMC), vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered keynote remarks on adapting to tomorrow's strategic challenges. Following General Cartwright's speech, the forum held nine concurrent sessions featuring such notable experts (all pictured on opposite page) as former national security adviser and CSIS trustee, Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (USAF, ret.); David Ignatius of the Washington Post; former Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Peter Pace (USMC, ret.); Amb. Thomas Pickering; and former deputy secretary of state and CSIS trustee Richard Armitage. Made possible with support by Finmeccanica, the innovative conference examined mediumand long-term global security issues such as U.S. engagement in the Middle East; post- U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan; cybersecurity; the role of nuclear weapons in national security strategy; U.S. power projection and overseas bases; the possibility of a domestic intelligence agency; robots on the battlefield; changes in the defense-industrial base; and perceptions of waning U.S. power in Asia.