Events

  • Ukrainian nationals in Taiwan and supporters protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Ukraine Today, Taiwan Tomorrow?

    Mon., May 2, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

    Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

    As the world closely watches the war in Ukraine, the question of whether or not Taiwan could be the next location of a similar attack has risen throughout policy and academic circles. Even though China has publicly stated that Ukraine and Taiwan are completely different circumstances, are there parallels or indications that Beijing is altering its strategy towards Taiwan? Furthermore, are there critical lessons that can be learned which will bolster Taiwan's defense? Please join the Defense Project and the Taiwan Workshop at the Fairbank Center for a conversation on these topics led by Steven Goldstein, former Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Emeritus, Smith College, Associate of the Fairbank Center and director of the Taiwan Studies Workshop at Harvard University.

    This discussion will be moderated by Chris Li, Director of Research at the Indo-Pacific Security Project, and Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

  • General Jacqueline Van Ovost takes command of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) on Oct 15, 2021. General Van Ovost is the first female commander of USTRANSCOM.

    Air Force Magazine

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    A Conversation with Four-Star General Jacqueline Van Ovost

    Wed., Apr. 6, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

    Please join the Defense Project and the Women of Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D) in a cohosted discussion with General Jacqueline Van Ovost, Commander, US Transportation Command.  General Van Ovost will begin her discussion by sharing her journey, focusing specifically on how she has maintained her values over the course of her career.  She will then transition to a moderated discussion on US Transportation Command's role in national security, defense, and strategic competition, and the implications of national policy on the Command’s ability to support our national objectives. This session will be moderated by HKS MPP Candidate, Bethan Saunders. 

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the Future of the European Security Environment

    Tue., Mar. 8, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

    Online

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has drawn international attention to the current European security environment as the world awaits Russia's next steps and the future of Ukraine.  As we consider Russia's next steps, we must also consider what the future security environment in Europe entails and the impact the invasion will have on the international community.  Are the sanctions and actions of the international community enough to prevent Russia from seizing Ukraine?  What are further potential options for NATO or the international community to deter Russian aggression and what does the future of NATO look like?  What potential impacts does Russia's actions have on the future security environment?   

    Please join the Defense Project for a discussion moderated by Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government with General (ret) Curtis Scaparrotti, Former Commander, US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO, who will discuss the current situation in Ukraine, what some of the potential options are to prevent further Russian aggression, and the implications the invasion will have on the future of the European security environment and NATO.

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    CANCELLED: Russia's Actions and the Future of European Security Environment

    Thu., Mar. 3, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

    Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

    The evolving situation between the Ukraine and Russia is drawing focused attention to the current European security environment as the world awaits Russia's next steps.  As we consider what those options are, we also must consider what the future security environment in Europe looks like.  What are potential options for NATO to deter Russian aggression and what does the future of NATO look like?  What potential impacts does Russia's actions have on the future security environment?  

    Please join the Defense Project in a discussion moderated by Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and  General Christopher G. Cavoli, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe and Africa.  General Cavoli is a Foreign Area Officer with a concentration on Eurasia and European Security Studies.  He will discuss European security, the current situation involving the Ukraine and Russia, and NATO. 

    For limited in-person attendance, please sign up below. If selected, you will receive a confirmation email a few days before the event: 

    https://forms.gle/YYKxw8LcNB8Yx5NEA

    To join via zoom please register here: 

    https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_17lVyBKyR4iAxz0a_loY9g

     

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Sean McFate: The New Rules of War

    Wed., Feb. 23, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

    Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

    Some of the principles of warfare are ancient, others are new, but all described in The New Rules of War will permanently shape war now and in the future. By following them Sean McFate argues, we can prevail. But if we do not, terrorists, rogue states, and others who do not fight conventionally will succeed—and rule the world. 

    ​​War is timeless. Some things change—weapons, tactics, technology, leadership, objectives—but our desire to go into battle does not. We are living in the age of Durable Disorder—a period of unrest created by numerous factors: China’s rise, Russia’s resurgence, America’s retreat, global terrorism, international criminal empires, climate change, dwindling natural resources, and bloody civil wars. 

    This devastating turmoil has given rise to difficult questions. What is the future of war? How can we survive? If Americans are drawn into major armed conflict, can we win?  Please join the Defense and Intelligence projects for a discussion with McFate on these issues, moderated by Intelligence Project Director, Paul Kolbe.  

    For limited in-person attendance, please sign up below. If selected you will received a confirmation email a few days before the event: 

    https://forms.gle/LpbKaZS1WYKTuNM89

    to join us on zoom, please sign up here:

    https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pc79dHH1SoK15Zb0OOElUQ

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Defense Acquisition in a Competitive Era

    Tue., Feb. 8, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

    The current international order is being challenged and the US must prioritize where and how they focus on innovative acquisition, build a resilient Defense Industrial Base, increase weapon system mission capability while reducing operating costs, and promote acquisition and sustainment initiatives with key international partners.  

    Please join the Defense Project and the Women of Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D) in a cohosted discussion with the Honorable Ellen Lord, the Former Undersecretary of Acquisition and Sustainment at the U.S. Department of Defense.  In this position, Ms. Lord was responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the Defense Industrial Base.  She also chaired the Warfighter Senior Integration Group, where she was directly responsible for delivery of equipment, funding, sustainment, contracts, and legal support to combatant commands and their warfighters outside the normal DoD system.  

    Ms. Lord will share some of the lessons learned for future implementation of the Warfighter Senior Integration Group, discuss the future of defense acquisition, defense technology investment prioritization and acquisition with the Defense Industrial Base to ensure the US stays competitive in the current challenging environment, her experiences transitioning from industry to DoD, managing large mission-oriented organizations, and relations with key international partners.

    For limited in-person attendance, please sign up below. If selected, you will receive a confirmation email a few days before the event: 

    https://forms.gle/WR3XQiUG1RUu7tpY7

    To Join us on Zoom, click here:

    https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LLXbcCIlQAa2uA-QG1nU-A

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    The U.S.-China Strategic Competition: Beyond the Rhetoric

    Tue., Jan. 25, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Online

    Please join the Defense Project for a conversation with LTG (ret.) Charles Hooper Former Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and Former Defense Attache in Beijing. In this session, Hooper will speak about his perspectives on U.S.-China Strategic Competition. He will argue that despite the incendiary language emanating from all sides of the U.S. political spectrum, as well as from China, we must analyze the U.S.-China rivalry rationally, factually, and dispassionately.  The stakes are too high for heated political rhetoric to shape our decision-making.  

     

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Russia’s New Army

    Wed., Sep. 29, 2021 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

    Russia has transformed its military from one based on conscription and mass mobilization to one that is “professional” with ready active-duty forces that field more maneuver units than the US. With new weapons designed to asymmetrically counter US advantages, a “hybrid” war capability that has been employed in the Crimea and Ukraine, and increased use of private military organizations such as the Wagner Group, Russia poses a complex and formidable military challenge.

    This discussion with Retired Brigadier General Kevin Ryan, the founding director of Belfer’s Defense and Intelligence Project and the Elbe Group, will provide a fascinating and important look at the current state of the Russian Armed Forces. The session will weave current video clips of Russian maneuvers and training together with facts and insights obtained by personal contact with Russian active duty and retired officers.  Ryan served as the U.S. Defense Attache in Moscow, and has been working on the Soviet and Russian military since 1980.  In February, he led a group of retired military experts in delivering a month-long course on the Russian military for the US Army Europe and Africa Command.

    This conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe. For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here:  https://forms.gle/YoewT5x5cpU9z4bA6 if selected you will received a confirmation email. 

    To join via Zoom, please register below.

    This event is closed to Harvard students, fellows and faculty and is NOT open to the public. 

     

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Afghanistan: What’s Next?

    Wed., Apr. 21, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Please join the Intelligence and Defense projects for a session with former National Directorate of Security Director Rahmatullah Nabil and Former Associate Deputy Director of the CIA for Operations (ADDO) Bruce Valentine. Rahmatullah and Valentine will discuss the Afghan peace process, Istanbul conference, the implications of plans for full U.S. troop withdrawal by Sept. 11, 2021, and the future of Afghanistan. The discussion will look at building the service from scratch post 9-11, general liaison activities/operations during the conflict, and the confluence of intelligence service activities, allied and adversary, across Afghanistan. This talk will be moderated by Belfer Center Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: A Talk with HR McMaster on Global Security

    Mon., Apr. 19, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Please join MG(Ret) Bill Rapp in a lively talk with HR McMaster, former National Security Advisor and retired Lieutenant General, as McMaster discusses global security challenges for the United States and its allies in the coming decade.  McMaster calls for cleared eyed recognition of major threats facing the U.S. and to avoid the hubris that has marked much of the last thirty years of foreign policy.

    Former National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is a preeminent voice on leadership, global security and international affairs, recognized for his leadership in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Named one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and Fortune's "50 World's Greatest Leaders", McMaster is renowned as a "warrior-intellectual." He is the author of two important and bestselling books on national security: Battlegrounds and Dereliction of Duty

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: Should Women be in the Draft? A discussion about the future of the Selective Service in America

    Mon., Mar. 29, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Please join us for an important and timely discussion on whether or not women should be required to sign up for the Selective Service and, therefore, potentially be involuntarily drafted into the military in the event of a national emergency.  Honorable Debra Wada served as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs and Major General (Ret) Dennis Laich served 35 years in the US Army Reserve and is the author of an influential book advocating for the draft.  Bill Rapp will moderate the discussion.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: Ending the War in Afghanistan- a discussion with counter-terror expert David Kilcullen

    Mon., Mar. 22, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Online

    Dave Kilcullen, strategist/scholar/author, discusses the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban and ISIS, and how the United States and its allies might help Afghanistan forge a future of hope and promise vice a return to the dark days of the 1990s.  With the agreed deadline for American withdrawal from Afghanistan looming on 1 May and Taliban attacks ramping up, President Biden is faced with a difficult policy decision to stay in the war or leave.  Join Bill Rapp as he moderates this important discussion with the famed counter-terror expert.

     

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: The Future of U.S. Forces in Europe

    Mon., Feb. 1, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Come join us to hear LtGen (Ret) Ben Hodges discuss the benefits of U.S. Forces remaining in Europe, his insights on the NATO alliance, and the value of the U.S. and allies keeping forward presence with troops in the Baltics and Black Sea region.  General Hodges retired in 2017 after three years as Commander of U.S. Army Europe and now serves as the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis. This session with be moderated by Major General (Ret) Bill Rapp. 

     

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: Dr. Peter Mansoor discusses, “How cultural biases influence success or failure in war”

    Mon., Jan. 25, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Join us as Dr. Pete Mansoor Mason Chair of Military History, The Ohio State University, discusses the influence of culture on U.S. and international militaries and the resulting impact on war strategies and the prospects for success.  The executive officer to General Petraeus during the Iraq Surge in 2007-08, Pete Mansoor will talk about how biases and unstated assumptions impact the ability of militaries around the world to achieve success in conflicts.  This topic has become increasingly important in the past two decades.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: Women in Intelligence and National Security

    Mon., Dec. 14, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Join LtGen (Ret) Mary Legere (former top ranking Army intel officer) and four current HKS National Security Fellows to discuss “Women in Intelligence” in the coming decade.  The panel will discuss the trends in intelligence, as well as the value of gender diversity in this important national security profession. 

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy: The Use of Force Short of War

    Mon., Nov. 23, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Join the Defense Project for a seminar with James Siebens, Dr. Melanie Sisson, and Dr. Barry Blechman who will discuss the topic of their new book, Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy: The Use of Force Short of War.  

    Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy reveals that despite its status as sole superpower during the post-Cold War period, US efforts to coerce other states failed as often as they succeeded. In the coming decades the United States will face states that are even more capable and creative, willing to challenge its interests, and able to take advantage of missteps and vulnerabilities. Competition therefore will require that the United States resolve these challenges favorably without needing to resort to war.  This book provides guidance to a new Administration about the ways in which the US armed forces can work in concert with economic and diplomatic elements of US power to create effective foreign policy.

    Dr. Barry M. Blechman is co-founder and a Distinguished Fellow of the Stimson Center. He has more than fifty years of distinguished service in national security in both the public and private sectors. Blechman has worked in the Departments of State and Defense, and at the Office of Management and Budget. During the Carter Administration, he was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Congress as assistant director of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. At various times during his career, he has been associated with the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    Melanie W. Sisson is Vice President of Analysis at Govini, and a Nonresident Fellow with the Stimson Center.  Prior to joining Stimson, Dr. Sisson was a Senior Associate with the RAND Corporation, where she conducted research on force planning, strategic approaches to countering domestic and international terrorism, covert operations, and enhancing planning and management processes within the Department of Defense.

    James A. Siebens is a Fellow with Stimson’s Defense Strategy and Planning program.  Prior to joining Stimson, Siebens worked as a Data Analyst at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, where he contributed to a Defense Department project on Gray Zone conflict.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: Civilian-Military Relations during a US Election

    Mon., Nov. 2, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Speakers:  Major General (Retired) Bill Rapp, Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School and  Dr. Heidi Urben, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. 

    The atmosphere around the national elections to be held on Tuesday, 3 November, have brought to the fore many important issues of how the US military interacts and is viewed by the public and the civilian leadership in government.  This seminar will cover many of those issues, shed some light on the tensions inherent in the American norms of civil-military relations, and provide a venue for open dialogue about these topics. 

     

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: Global Vigilance, Global Reach, Global Power: Today’s United States Air Force

    Mon., Oct. 26, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    The United States faces an increasingly complex global security environment, characterized by overt challenges to the free and open international order and the re-emergence of long-term, strategic competition between nations. To meet these challenges, the Air Force is evolving to project unmatched power through the air, space, and cyber domains.  Join four National Security Fellows as they discuss the diverse missions of the United States Air Force and answer your questions on current operating concepts. 

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: What do you want to know about Space Operations?

    Mon., Oct. 5, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Ms Susan Davenport from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and Mr. Isaac Lowe from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), will provide a joint overview of space systems and operations, followed by Q&A. Susan has spent 30 years working in the IC and DoD in Advanced Systems research, Image & Signal Processing, Intelligence and Acquisition.  Isaac currently works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and has spent 25 years working in space intelligence and operations within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. Together they'll be discussing:

    1. What is Space Reconnaissance and why do we need it?

    2. Who are the players in the Nations' Space arena and how do they work together?

    3. How has the space domain changed in the last couple of decades?

     

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    POSTPONED Defense Project Series: The Basics of Strategic Net Assessment, A Conversation with DoD Strategist Jim Baker

    Wed., Mar. 25, 2020 | 9:15am - 10:45am

    Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

    The Defense Project presents a seminar with Jim Baker, the Director of the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment, who will provide an overview of the office's legacy, mission and core functions, then briefly review the concept of a "net assessment." 

    To demonstrate the concept in action, Jim Baker, the Director of the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment,  will walk through an imperfect example of how to apply the framework of a net assessment to Eurasian Revisionist Powers, including the trends, asymmetries, assumptions and actions that contribute to such an assessment

    This event is closed to the public. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: Strategic Intelligence for National Security Decision-Making

    Wed., Feb. 5, 2020 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

    Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

    The Defense Project and Intelligence Project will co-host a lunch with LTG Karen Gibson, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for National Security Partnerships, from 11:45a,-1:00pm in Bell Hall. 

    Please RSVP below. Admission open to Harvard staff, students, fellows, faculty, alumni, and affiliates. 

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: Designing the Marine Corps for the Future - General David H. Berger 38th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

    Fri., Oct. 11, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Belfer Building - Starr Auditorium, Floor 2.5

    Please join the Commandant of the Marine Corps for a discussion on the changing character of war and impacts to war-fighting that are driving the Marine Corps' future force design.

    This will take place on Friday, October 11 from 3:00pm-4:00pm in the Starr Auditorium.  

     

  • LTG Robert P. Ashley

    Defense Intelligence Agency

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Project Series: Breakfast with DIA Director LTG Robert P. Ashley

    Fri., Apr. 26, 2019 | 8:45am - 10:00am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    The Intelligence and Defense Projects at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a breakfast seminar with LTG Robert P. Ashley, Jr., Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, on Friday April 26th from 08:45-10:00am in the Belfer Center Library. 

    Breakfast will be provided on a first come, first served basis. RSVP required.

  • NGA Director Robert Cardillo

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    "Views from the National Geospacial-Intelligence Agency," with Director Robert Cardillo

    Wed., Mar. 28, 2018 | 9:00am - 10:00am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    The Intelligence Project and the Defense Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will co-host a breakfast seminar with Mr. Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospacial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), on Wednesday, March 28th from 9:00-10:00am in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

    Please register using the link below. Harvard ID's will be checked at the door. Breakfast will be served at 8:45am. 

  • General Michael Hayden

    US Airforce

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    [At CAPACITY] "The Role of Intelligence in a Post-Truth World" Breakfast Seminar with General Michael Hayden

    Mon., Nov. 6, 2017 | 10:00am - 11:15am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    The Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a seminar with General Michael Hayden on "The Role of Intelligence in a Post-Truth World," taking place on Monday, November 6th from 10:00-11:15am in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larrsen, Director of the Intelligence Project, will moderate. 

     Breakfast will be served. First come, first served. 

    This event is now at capacity. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, email Caitlin Chase at Caitlin_chase@hks.harvard.edu

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    "Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence, Again" Intelligence Project Seminar with Ron Lehman

    Thu., Nov. 2, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    The Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a seminar with Ronald Lehman on "Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence, Again" on Thursday, November 2nd from 12:15-1:30pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larrsen, Director of the Intelligence Project, will moderate.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    "Multi-domain Battle; A Warfighting Concept for a Complex World," Lunch Seminar with General David G. Perkins, Commander, TRADOC

    Wed., Oct. 25, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    The Defense Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a lunch seminar with General David G. Perkins, Commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, on Wednesday, October 25th from 12:15-1:30pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Major General William Rapp will moderate.

    Lunch will be provided. RSVP Only. First come, first served.

  • General Raymond A. Thomas

    DOD

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    "SOF in a Complex World" Breakfast with General Raymond A. Thomas, Commander, SOCOM

    Wed., Oct. 25, 2017 | 8:30am - 10:00am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    The Defense Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a breakfast seminar with General Raymond A. Thomas, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, on Wednesday, October 25th from 08:30-10:00am in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Major General William Rapp will moderate.

    Breakfast will be provided. RSVP Only. First come, first served.

  • Admiral John M. Richardson

    Department of Defense

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    "Global Competition and the Future Navy" Defense Project Seminar with Admiral John M. Richardson, CNO

    Mon., Oct. 23, 2017 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

    [THIS EVENT HAS BEEN  MOVED TO THE MALKIN PENTHOUSE]

    The Defense Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a seminar with the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John M. Richardson, on Monday, October 23rd from 3:00-4:00PM in the Malkin Penthouse (Littauer Building 4th Floor). Major General William Rapp will moderate. 

    Refreshments will be provided. RSVP Only. First come, first served. 

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    National Geospatial-Intelligence Center

    Mon., Apr. 10, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Mr. Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, will speak on the NGA and intelligence in policy making.  This seminar is open to Harvard ID Card holders only on a first come first served basis. The seminar is off the record and nothing said can be published or recorded without the speaker’s consent.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    "Truth Wars"

    Wed., Mar. 22, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Sir David Bruce Omand GCB, former Director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), will speak on "Truth Wars: The Battle for Reality." This seminar is open to Harvard ID Card holders only on a first come first served basis. The seminar is off the record and nothing said can be published or recorded without the speaker’s consent.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Africa Command

    Thu., Mar. 2, 2017 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Vice Admiral Michael T. Franken, Deputy Commander for Military Operations, US Africa Command.  This seminar is open to Harvard ID Card holders only on a first come first served basis. The seminar is off the record and nothing said can be published or recorded without the speaker’s consent.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Boston’s Shadow War: SS intelligence, Mi6, & the Christian Front, 1939-1945

    Thu., Feb. 23, 2017 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Fr. Charles R. Gallagher, S.J. Associate Professor of History at Boston College will speak on “Boston’s Shadow War: SS intelligence, Mi6, & the Christian Front, 1939-1945.”  This seminar is open to Harvard ID Card holders only on a first come first served basis. The seminar is off the record and nothing said can be published or recorded without the speaker’s consent.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    National Counterterrorism Center and Intelligence

    Wed., Feb. 15, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Mr. Nicholas Rasmussen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will speak on the NCTC and the role of intelligence in policy making. This seminar is open to Harvard ID Card holders only on a first come first served basis. The seminar is off the record and nothing said can be published or recorded without the speaker’s consent.

  • Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein

    U.S. Air Force

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Lt. Gen Weinstein on Nuclear Deterrence

    Mon., Feb. 13, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Lt Gen Jack Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Staff, US Air Force, for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, will speak on nuclear deterrence. This seminar is open to Harvard ID Card holders only on a first come first served basis. The seminar is off the record and nothing said can be published or recorded without the speaker’s consent.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

    Wed., Dec. 7, 2016 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

    Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

    A conversation with, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Mr. Marcel Lettre

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Former SACEUR, GEN Philip Breedlove

    Tue., Dec. 6, 2016 | 2:00pm - 3:30am

    Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

    A conversation with, General (ret) Philip Breedlove, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    CIA Strategic Insight Department Presentation

    Thu., Nov. 3, 2016 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    The CIA’s Strategic Insight Department will brief on complex national security challenges, Thursday, November 3rd, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). This seminar is open to Harvard ID card holders and is off the record: comments cannot be published without the consent of the speaker.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    FULL EVENT --- Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

    Mon., Oct. 24, 2016 | 2:00pm - 3:30am

    THIS EVENT IS FULL AND NO WALK INS WILL BE ACCEPTED

    Director of National Intelligence, Honorable James R. Clapper, will speak, October 24th, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School.

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    National Intelligence Council Global Trends 2035 Report

    Wed., Apr. 13, 2016 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Dr. Suzanne Fry, Director of the Strategic Futures Group at the National Intelligence Council, will discuss the forthcoming Global Trends Report. Global Trends 2035 will be the latest in a series of quadrennial reports - forward-looking documents to aid policymakers in their long-term planning on key issues of worldwide importance. The report is timed to be delivered to the President elect in December 2016.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Intelligence and Policy Making

    Mon., Apr. 11, 2016 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

    Littauer Building - Room 130

    Former CIA Acting General Counsel John Rizzo will speak about the role of intelligence in making policy.  Off the record.  Open to Harvard ID cardholders on first come first served basis.

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    US-Russia Foreign Relations

    Thu., Mar. 31, 2016 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

    A panel discussion with Maxim Boycko, Visiting Leturer in Economics, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown Univeristy and Brigadier General Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Projects, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    The God's Eye View

    Thu., Feb. 25, 2016 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

    Best-selling novelist and former CIA covert operative, Barry Eisler will discuss his new espionage thriller "The God’s Eye View," with a panel of Harvard experts, including Yochi Benkler of Harvard Law School, Juliette Kayyem, HKS Lecture and former Massachusetts Commissioner of Homeland Security, and Michael Sulmeyer, director of the Belfer Center’s Cyber-Security Initiative. Moderator will be Professor Stephen Walt.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Saudi Arabia's Growing Role in Middle East Security

    Mon., Feb. 22, 2016 | 9:00am - 10:30am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    HRH Navy Captain (Ret.) Prince Sultan bin Khalid Al-Faisal Al Sa’ud, former commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Counter-Insurgency Special Operations Task Force and a graduate of the US Navy SEAL program and US Army Special Forces Qualification Course will discuss the current Middle East security situation and the growing leadership role of the Saudi Kingdom.

    This seminar is off the record and nothing said can be published or quoted without the consent of the speaker.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy

    Mon., Nov. 16, 2015 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Micah Zenko, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, will speak on his new book, “Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy.” This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be published without the consent of the speaker. The seminar is open to Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and ID card holders.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Program ‘Z’ - the Impact of Technology on Intelligence

    Wed., Nov. 4, 2015 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Dr. Nils Carlson, Manager of Intelligence Programs - “Z Program” - at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will speak on “Program ‘Z’ - the Impact of Technology on Intelligence.” This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be published without the consent of the speaker. The seminar is open to Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and ID card holders on a first come first served basis.

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    CIA Red Cell

    Wed., Oct. 21, 2015 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Seeing Red: A Discussion with CIA's Red Cell.

    Founded in the wake of 9/11, the Red Cell is a small, senior analytic unit in the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence charged with provoking thought, challenging conventional wisdom, and taking an out-of-the-box approach to the full range of intelligence challenges.

    This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be published without the consent of the speaker. The seminar is open to Harvard students, fellows, faculty and ID card holders.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    General John F. Kelly, Commander SOUTHCOM

    Fri., Oct. 16, 2015 | 10:00am - 11:30am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    General John F. Kelly, Commander US Southern Command responsible for all Department of Defense security cooperation in the 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea, an area of 16 million square miles. This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be published without consent of speaker.

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    Cancelled - Director Defense Intelligence Agency

    Wed., Oct. 14, 2015 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, Director of Defense Intelligence Agency, will speak.  This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be published without the consent of the speaker. The seminar is open to Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and ID card holders on a first come first served basis.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    US, NATO and the Threat from Russia

    Fri., Oct. 2, 2015 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, Commanding General, United States Army Europe, will speak on “US, NATO, and the Threat from Russia.” This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be published without the consent of the speaker. The seminar is open to Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and ID card holders on a first come first served basis.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    The rebirth of the Islamic State of Iraq

    Fri., Sep. 11, 2015 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., Superintendent United States Military Academy will speak on “The rebirth of the Islamic State of Iraq.” This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be published without the consent of the speaker. The seminar is open to Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and ID card holders on a first come first served basis.

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    NATO, Russia, and the Baltics

    Mon., Apr. 27, 2015 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    NATO Land Component Commander, LTG John W. Nicholson, will speak on NATO, Russia and the Baltics, April 27th from 2:30 to 4:00 pm in Belfer Center Library (rm L369), Harvard Kennedy School.  This seminar is off the record and open to Harvard ID card holders on a first come first served basis.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    GEN Frank Grass, Chief of National Guard

    Mon., Apr. 6, 2015 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    General Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak on the “Modern National Guard,” in Belfer Center Library (rm L369), Harvard Kennedy School, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm on 6 April. This seminar is off the record and open to Harvard ID card holders only.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Ambassador Douglas E. Lute, US Ambassador to NATO

    Tue., Mar. 31, 2015 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Taubman Building - Nye B, 5th Floor

    Ambassador Douglas E. Lute, the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, will speak on “NATO: Wales to Warsaw.” The session is open to Harvard ID card holders only on a first come first served basis. The seminar is off the record and nothing said by the speaker or attendees can be taped or publicized without their specific permission.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense and Intelligence Seminar with Mary Margaret Graham

    Wed., Feb. 4, 2015 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Defense and Intelligence Seminar with Ms. Mary Margaret Graham, a 29-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, who will speak on “How 9-11 Changed the National Security Establishment – for Better and Worse.” This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be published without the consent of the speaker. The seminar is open to Harvard students, fellows, faculty and ID card holders on a first come first served basis.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Intelligence Seminar

    Mon., Nov. 3, 2014 | 2:40pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Room 280

    Dr. Steven Rieber, program manager for Aggregative Contingent Estimation (ACE) program at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), will address “Judgment and Forecasting for Intelligence Purposes,” in room L280 from 2:40 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday, November 3rd.

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    Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Workshop on the Pivot to Asia Pacific

    Fri., Oct. 17, 2014 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

    A workshop to identify the policy and intelligence questions necessary to answer to support the nation’s “Pivot to Asia.” Hosted by Draper Laboratory and Belfer Center.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    American Spies

    Wed., Sep. 24, 2014 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Dr. Michael Sulick, former Director of US National Clandestine Service and former Chief of CIA Counterintelligence, will speak on his new book, American Spies, a stunning history of more than forty spies over the last six decades.

    The seminar is on 24 September 2014, 2:30 to 4:00 pm, in Belfer Center Library (rm L369), Harvard Kennedy School.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    LTG H.R.McMaster

    Fri., Sep. 19, 2014 | 1:15pm - 2:45pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    CHANGE TIME & LOCATION: 1:15-2:45 L369

    LTG H.R. McMaster, Director Army Capabilities Integration Center, will talk on the Future of the Army; a presentation of the strategic choices facing the nation’s ground forces and recommendations for change.

    Location change to Belfer Center Library Rm. L369

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Espionage against the West

    Wed., Sep. 17, 2014 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    General Oleg D. Kalugin, former head of KGB operations in the US, will discuss “Espionage against the West,” on 17 September 2014, 2:30 to 4:00 pm, in Belfer Center Library (rm L369), Harvard Kennedy School. 

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Defense Seminar: The Mission Continues Veterans Group

    Tue., May 6, 2014 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

    This is a call to anyone who has served in the uniformed services. Come and discuss how you can team with other veterans in service to your community – from small things to large.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Planetary Defense Program

    Wed., Mar. 12, 2014 | 10:00am - 11:30pm

    Littauer Building - Room 332

    Major General Garry Schnelzer (USAF ret), Mr. James Marshall, Dr. William Bottke (SwRI) and Dr Timothy Spahr (Minor Planet Center) will speak on potential US-Russian cooperation in Planetary Defense Programs.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Defense Seminar

    Thu., Feb. 27, 2014 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

    General Daniel B. Allyn, commander of United States Army Forces Command, will speak on the “State of the US Army.”

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    For the Common Defense Seminar

    Tue., Feb. 11, 2014 | 4:15pm - 5:30pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    A weekly Tuesday seminar co-sponsored by the HKS Armed Forces Club, the National Security Fellows and the Belfer Center. Learn about the missions, roles, and capabilities of the U.S. Military. Topics change each week and are announced in the preceeding seminar. A stimulating forum at which veterans, active duty, and non-military discuss the changing military and its role in executing and creating national policy.

    Beer and snacks provided.

    Open to all interested Harvard students, faculty, and staff.

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    Military Film Series: Zero Dark Thirty

    Wed., May 8, 2013 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm

    Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

    The chronicle of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden and his death at the hands of Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6. 

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    Military Film Series: 12 O'Clock High

    Wed., Apr. 24, 2013 | 4:30pm - 6:45pm

    Littauer Building - Room 150

    The academy award winning classic war film with combat film footage from allied and German aircraft.  Used by U.S. service academies to teach the principles of leadership.  You will be challenged and moved.

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    Military Film Series: Breaker Morant

    Wed., Mar. 6, 2013 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm

    Littauer Building - Room 150

    Belfer Center’s Defense and Intelligence Projects presents a showing of the award winning film, Breaker Morant.   Based on a true story, the movie traces the actions of three Australian lieutenants who are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    A Vision for Defense Department Engagement in Eurasia

    Thu., Feb. 28, 2013 | 10:00am - 11:30am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Defense and Intelligence Project will host a seminar with Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia in the Belfer Center Library (L369) from 10:00 to 11:30 am, Thursday, 28 February 2013.  She will speak on, "A Vision for Defense Department Engagement in Eurasia."