Threats to our nation’s security are on the rise and politics often times prevent constructive discussion. The Reagan National Defense Forum was created with the idea of bringing together government, military, and the defense industry leaders to have a dialogue about the future of our national defense. With the backdrop of the Reagan Presidential Library and Ronald Reagan’s “Peace through Strength” legacy, we are honored to be a co-founder of the event and part of the organizing committee.
Bringing in the key players
No other forum has been able to successfully bring together all of the decision makers and thought leaders within the defense industry. Nicknamed the “Davos of Defense,” the RNDF has built up a reputation where all of those involved in defense make it a point to attend. Those in attendance include: military leaders from the Department of Defense, members of Congress, and top-level executives from leading defense companies. There is no other event that combines the nation’s most powerful and influential people with the sole purpose of opening up dialogue and sharing insight on how to resolve defense and security related issues.
Creating A Bi-partisan Environment
In order to spark the most constructive conversation, there needed to be an event with a completely bi-partisan environment that encouraged open discussion. The RNDF provides just that. Before a problem can be solved, all perspectives need to be presented and vetted. The RNDF allows for this synergy to take place.
Focusing on a Common Purpose
Rather than allowing any one group or organization push a specific agenda, the RNDF has planned out targeted panel discussions that align with our mission statement. This year, the mission statement of the forum is, ”Building Peace Through Strength in a Time of Transition and Turbulence.” During a time of economic turmoil where threats to national security are at an all-time high, highlighting some of the most daunting security issues has helped those in power come up with new ideas and gain further perspective on how to implement effective policies that address our nation’s most dangerous vulnerabilities.
For the past 3 years, the Reagan National Defense Forum has brought together the nation’s top leaders and key stakeholders in the defense industry to address the health of our national defense and spark dialogue that advocates strategies to strengthen the U.S. military.
Since the RNDF has turned into the most important national security forum in our nation, bringing in experts to shed light on current issues and sharing their perspectives and ideas on a variety of subjects has proven invaluable. Distinguished guests have included: The Honorable Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Defense, General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. This year’s keynote address will be given by U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton B. Carter.
The Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF) will be held this year on November 7, 2015 at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The forum will begin at 8 a.m. and sessions will conclude at 5:30 p.m.
8:00-9:15 a.m. – Welcome breakfast and Panel 1: Bridging the gap between the military and the nation: Connecting America to the less than 1% who serve.
9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. – Panel 2: Harnessing Innovation for Defense: The role of defense and non-defense companies.
9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. – Panel 3: Is Funding National Defense our First Priority? Exploring the root causes of sequestration.
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Panel 4: International Defense Cooperation: Is the U.S. committed? Are our allies and friends invested?
10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – Panel 5: Cyberwar: Has it begun? Are we equipped to respond?
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Keynote luncheon with The Secretary of Defense The Honorable Ashton B. Carter
2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Panel 6: Defeating ISIS and Dealing with Iran: Managing the battlefield in theatre and in D.C.
2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Panel 7: The Defense Industrial Base: Is it strong enough?
3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Panel 8: From Candidate to Commander in Chief: Lessons in making the transition
5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. – Closing session: A Conversation with the Deputy Secretary of Defense