Join us for the Stennis Center’s first Symposium on Civil-Military Relations: The Role of Congress in Bridging the Divide. Seating is limited for this interactive and informative symposium, where members of the Department of Defense, Congressional staffers, and those from think tanks will discuss and dissect how The Congress can help bridge the gap between civilians and military personnel. Check back frequently as the agenda will be updated as additional panelists and speakers are confirmed. RSVP in the form below to reserve your seat at the Symposium! Members of the media are encouraged to attend. To request a press credential, please complete the registration form below.

Symposium on Civil-Military Relations: The Role of Congress in Bridging the Divide

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Member’s Room, Library of Congress
Washington, DC


10:00 a.m.                             Welcome

10:15 a.m.                             Opening Remarks
                                              Mike McCord
                                              Director, Civil-Military Programs, Stennis Center for Public Service

10:40 a.m.                             Civil-Military Relations – Why Does the Divide Matter?:  A Military Perspective
                                              Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.)
                                              Vice Chair, Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States and
                                              former Chief of Naval Operations

11:10 a.m.                             Panel Discussion/Q&A

Moderated by: Arnold Punaro
CEO, The Punaro Group & IronArch Technology
Chairman, Secretary of Defense’s Reserve Forces Policy Board
Member, Defense Business Board


Department of Defense Perspective
Rear Admiral Anthony Kurta, USN (Ret.)
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower & Personnel Policy
United States Department of Defense

Congressional Perspective
Tom Hawley
Professional Staff Member and Readiness Subcommittee Staff Lead
House Armed Services Committee

Non-Governmental Organization Perspective
Kathy Roth-Douquet
CEO, Blue Star Families


12:15 p.m.                             Buffet Lunch

12:45 p.m.                             Civil-Military Relations – Why Does the Divide Matter?:  A Civilian Perspective

The Honorable Chuck Hagel
Former Secretary of Defense and United States Senator from Nebraska

Interviewed by: Rear Admiral John Kirby, USN (Ret.)
Military and Diplomatic Analyst for CNN
Former Spokesperson for Pentagon & United States Department of State

1:45 p.m.                               Closing Remarks
                                              Rex Buffington
                                              Executive Director, Stennis Center for Public Service

2:00 p.m.                               Adjourn

*Subject to change. Agenda will be updated as additional panelists and speakers are confirmed. Please contact Mary Dewald, Assistant Director for Civil-Military Programs, Stennis Center for Public Service at 202-546-1837 or with questions, for additional information, or to request press credentials.


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