Grand Strategy and the Strategic Triad

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Date(s) - 4/20/201212:00 pm - 1:30 pm


The Independent Working Group (IWG) on Missile Defense and the Space Relationship, of which the Marshall Institute is a contributor, convened a roundtable discussion on April 20, 2012 to discuss the synergistic elements a broader 21st-century U.S. grand strategy for national security. The focus was priority issues and programs within and among space, nuclear modernization, and missile defense within a strategic triad as part of a 21st-century U.S. grand strategy.

Space includes much of the cyber domain and as such represents the high frontier for U.S. security. Missile defense, together with nuclear modernization, is crucially important in an increasingly multinuclear world. Opening presentations were given by:

Dr. Robert Butterworth, President of Aries Analytics and member of the Marshall Institute’s Board of Directors. Former appointments include: Chief for Strategic Planning, Policy and Doctrine in the Air Force Space Command; and staff member, President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Department of Defense (space)

Dr. Keith Payne, President, National Institute for Public Policy; Head of the Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Missouri State University in Washington, DC; Member, Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States; Editor-in-chief of Comparative Strategy: An International Journal; Chairman of the Strategic Command’s Senior Advisory Group Policy Panel, and co-chair of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum (nuclear modernization)

Dr. Henry F. Cooper, Chairman, High Frontier. Former appointments include: Director, Strategic Defense Initiative Organization; Chief U.S. Negotiator to the Geneva Defense and Space Talks; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force; and Scientific Advisor at the Air Force Weapons Library (missile defense)

Dr. Rob Soofer, Strategic Forces Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Jon Kyl

Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., Co-Chairman of the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense and the Space Relationship; President, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis; and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Security Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (moderator)

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