Responding to National Security Threats in the Post 9/11 World

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Date(s) - 2/19/200212:00 pm - 1:30 pm


For most of the past 50 years, American defense planning had two preeminent goals: nuclear deterrence of the Soviet Union and the ability to conduct a major conventional war in Europe and in Asia. The downfall of the Soviet Union and regional conflicts since the Gulf War prompted an on-going debate about strategy, priorities and capabilities, but the tragedy of September 11 and subsequent events have demonstrated the urgency of reassessing current threats to national security in light of the change in the strategic situation. James Schlesinger discussed what this change means for the mix of forces and the defense issues which need to be addressed, including determining the role of nuclear deterrence, missile defense and technology.

James Schlesinger is one of the nation?s leading authorities on national security. He has served as Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Energy and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in addition to a number of other senior management positions in government. He currently is Chairman of the Board of the MITRE Corporation, Senior Adviser at Lehman Brothers and Counselor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


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