Transformers: Defense
On Dec. 6, 2018, The Washington Post held a “Transformers: Defense” summit with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford who discussed key military challenges facing the country and how the Pentagon is modernizing America’s armed forces. Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Dr. Steven H. Walker assessed how the U.S. and other nations are reducing their reliance on the traditional machinery of war fighting and adapting military strategy to next-generation technology.
Agenda
Planning for the Military of the Future: One-on-One with Gen. Joseph  Dunford
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discusses key threats facing America now and in the future and how the U.S. military is preparing for them. He will discuss military modernization, emerging cyber threats and the risks posed by our global adversaries.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, discusses key threats facing America now and in the future and how the U.S. military is preparing for them at The Washington Post on December 6, 2018.
  • Dec 7, 2018
At a Washington Post Live event, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford commented on his relationship with his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, saying “We’ve worked very hard to ensure that our relationship doesn’t become politicized.’ He added, ‘we have open lines of communication.’
  • Dec 6, 2018
At a Washington Post Live event, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford talked about how artificial intelligence capability impacts military superiority. ‘Whoever has a competitive advantage in artificial intelligence,’ he said, ‘could very well have an overall competitive advantage.’ He added, ‘Our overall competitive advantage has reduced.’
  • Dec 6, 2018
At a Washington Post Live event, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, discussed the years-long war in Afghanistan, remarking ‘I have not recommended that we leave Afghanistan because in my judgment...not only would it create instability in South Asia...but it would give terrorist groups the space within which to plan and conduct operations against the American people.’
  • Dec 6, 2018
At a Washington Post Live event, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford discussed the U.S. presence in Syria, citing his main objectives to defeat ISIS and assist U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict and stabilize the country.
  • Dec 6, 2018
During a live interview at the Washington Post, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford remarked that "China has developed capabilities" in all military domains that challenge the U.S.
  • Dec 6, 2018
At a Washington Post Live evnet, Gen. Joseph Dunford discussed U.S.-Saudi relations in the wake of the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He also addressed the war in Yemen.
  • Dec 6, 2018
At a Washington Post Live event, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford discussed the details of President Trump’s Space Force proposal and how it would play a part in military strategy in the future.
  • Dec 6, 2018
At a Washington Post Live event, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford remarked that the order to send U.S. troops to the southern border with Mexico was lawful, and said, “I think the American people would not want generals to be making policy decisions, and wouldn’t want generals to determine when we should use force. You’d expect me to provide advice to our political leadership about how to use the military instrument.”
  • Dec 6, 2018
At a Washington Post Live event, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said he has ‘no doubt’ that arms control agreements with Russia in the past have ‘provided a degree of strategic stability,’ but stressed that both parties have to be compliant with agreements.
  • Dec 6, 2018
At a Washington Post Live event, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford conveyed a message to tech giants Google, Amazon, and Microsoft about the government’s need for brain power: ‘The relationship the U.S. military has enjoyed with industry” is critical. If that connection is broken, he said, then “at best we’re playing with one hand behind our back.”
  • Dec 6, 2018
Gen. Joseph Dunford
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. is the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman on October 1, 2015, General Dunford served as the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He previously served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2010 to 2012 and was Commander, International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan from February 2013 to August 2014.
Moderated by David Ignatius
Columnist
The Washington Post
Content from Northrup Grumman: Winning the War for Cyber Talent
A highly-skilled, robust cyber workforce is essential to defending the nation in cyberspace and to maintaining security and economic prosperity, yet government and industry partners continue to face a massive cyber talent shortage. Northrop Grumman explores innovative and collaborative solutions to meeting this challenge head on.
A highly-skilled, robust cyber workforce is essential to defending the nation in cyberspace and to maintaining security and economic prosperity, yet government and industry partners continue to face a massive cyber talent shortage. Northrop Grumman explores innovative and collaborative solutions to meeting this challenge head on.
  • Dec 6, 2018
Milou Carolan
Vice President, Human Resources, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Milou Carolan is vice president of human resources for Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, a leading global provider, manufacturer and integrator of advanced, secure and agile software-defined systems and solutions. In this role, Carolan is responsible for talent strategy and human resources programs that support 30,000 Mission Systems employees in the U.S. and abroad. Her areas of responsibility include leadership and workforce development, talent acquisition, employee relations and organizational effectiveness.
Linnie Haynesworth
Sector Vice President and General Manager, Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions Division, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Linnie Haynesworth is sector vice president and general manager of the Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions division for Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, a leading global developer, provider, manufacturer and integrator of advanced, secure and agile systems and solutions. In this role, Haynesworth has executive responsibility for the overall growth and program activities for the division’s business portfolio, including full spectrum cyber, multi-int enterprise data management and integration, as well as mission enabling ISR solutions supporting domestic and international customers.
Moderated by Sarah Allison
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Sarah Allison is a program manager in the National Security Solutions business unit of the Northrop Grumman Mission System sector. In this role, Allison has responsibility for the overall growth and program delivery of mission capabilities using cutting edge technologies.Most recently, Allison was the Mission Platforms & Analytics account manager within the Global Cyber Solutions business unit, delivering mission capability to Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdoms of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, where she resided for three years to establish Northrop Grumman’s cyber capabilities in the United Kingdom.
Transforming National Security: One-on-One with Dr. Steven Walker
The head of the country’s most advanced military technology agency discusses the latest breakthroughs and research underway to safeguard U.S. national security and enhance American military superiority.
DARPA Director Dr. Steven Walker, the head of the country’s most advanced military technology agency, discusses the latest breakthroughs and research underway to safeguard U.S. national security and enhance American military superiority at The Washington Post on December 6, 2018.
  • Dec 6, 2018
At a Washington Post Live event, DARPA Director Dr. Steven Walker discussed where the United States military should be focusing its research and development efforts and which emerging technologies are most important to safeguarding national security.
  • Dec 7, 2018
At a Washington Post Live event, DARPA Director Dr. Steven Walker discussed China and its development of artificial intelligence technology, remarking that the Chinese ‘will have an advantage at least in the near term.”
  • Dec 6, 2018
Dr. Steven H. Walker
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Dr. Steven H. Walker was appointed director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on November 13, 2017. He served as the deputy director of the agency from October 2012 to December 2016, and as acting director from January 2017 through October 2017. Prior to his return to DARPA in 2012, Walker served as deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering. He was responsible for developing the technology investment strategy for the Air Force's annual $2 billion science and technology program and for providing functional management of more than 14,000 military and civilian scientists and engineers.
Moderated by David Ignatius
Columnist
The Washington Post
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