23 Events

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, right, meets with Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Richard Marles, second from left, at the Pentagon on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, Washington.

Associated Press

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

AUKUS, the Quad, and Australia's Strategic Vision for the Indo-Pacific: Perspectives from Australia's Defense Experts

Tue., Mar. 7, 2023 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

​​Please join the Belfer Center’s Defense Project and the Asia-Pacific Initiative for “AUKUS, the Quad, and Australia's Strategic Vision for the Indo-Pacific: Perspectives from Australia's Defense Experts”, a panel featuring the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

Attendance is limited to Harvard ID holders only. Please RSVP here

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

Pizza and Pints with the NSFs - What I Wish I Knew Early in My Career

Tue., Feb. 21, 2023 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Join the Defense Project for Pizza & Pints in the Malkin Penthouse on Tuesday, February 21st between 3:00 - 4:00pm for a session entitled, “What I Wish I Knew Early In My Career”. Fellows will reflect on their personal experiences within the National Security Enterprise and what they’ve learned serving leadership positions in Policy, Analysis, Acquisition, IT & Special Operations. Refreshments will be served.

Hundreds of people gather near a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane at the perimeter of the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2021. More than a year after the Taliban takeover that saw thousands of Afghans rushing to Kabul's international airport amid the chaotic U.S. withdrawal, Afghans at risk who failed to get on evacuation flights say they are still struggling to find safe and legal ways out of the country.

AP Photo/Shekib Rahmani

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

DevOps in the DoD

Thu., Feb. 2, 2023 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

A presentation by the National Security Fellows on the Afghanistan Non-Combatant Evacuation featuring Guest Colonel (Ret.) Brian "Beach" Beachkofski.

 

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

Pizza and Pints with the NSFs: Recruiting Challenges in the Military

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

Rubenstein Building - Room RG-20

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Rubenstein R-G-21

Pizza and Pints hosted by the National Security Fellows

Featuring: National Security Fellows Steve Cooper, Bridget Dalziel and Ryan Canady

Join the National Security Fellows for their in-person group discussion series, For the Common Defense. This session will focus on recruiting challenges in the military threatening the viability of the All-Volunteer Force and why this should be viewed as a national security issue. Complimentary pizza and beverages will be provided for participants.

Women stand in front of a display of destroyed Russian tanks and armoured vehicles in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.

(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Seminar - Open to the Public

Resistance to Russian Aggression: Irregular Warfare in Eastern Europe

Thu., Nov. 10, 2022 | 10:30am - 11:30am

Online

The Belfer Center’s Defense Project is excited to announce a virtual panel event focusing on resistance to Russian aggression. This event will be moderated by National Security Fellow Guido Torres.

The panel will be comprised of four experts in security from around the world. 

Audience members are encouraged to engage in discourse during the event.

For more questions about this event, please reach out to Guido "G" Torres at guidotorres@hks.harvard.edu

 Eric M. Smith greets Former Secretary of Defense, Ash B. Carter (right) for his visit to meet service members and civilians abroad Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Nov. 14, 2019.

Cpl. Mikayla Perez

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Organizational Change; How the Marine Corps is Modernizing for the Future

Fri., Nov. 4, 2022 | 9:15am - 10:15am

Taubman Building - Nye B & C, 5th Floor

Please join National Security Fellows LtCol Richard Neikirk and Mr. Ryan Canady for a seminar with special guest General Eric Smith, the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. 

This event is a part of the Defense Project Speaker Series, in which National Security Fellows invite speakers to co-present with them on pressing national security issues. 

Harvard staff, students, and faculty are welcome to attend this event in person. The public is welcome to attend this event virtually. 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

Convening - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Pizza and Pints with the NSFs: Civil-Military Relations with General Joseph Dunford

Tue., Oct. 25, 2022 | 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

This session's topic: Civil-Military relations within the DoD

In this session, featured NSFs and attendees will be joined by General Joseph Dunford to discuss what civilian control of the military really means. 

There will also be pizza and beer!

Attendance is limited - you must RSVP! You will not be permitted into the building without a Harvard ID. 


In addition to the robust speaker series, the Belfer Center National Security Fellows will also host off-record “Ask Me Anything” sessions as part of their “For the Common Defense” year-long initiative.   

The AMA sessions will cover a broad range of relevant Defense and National Security related topics. These topics are chosen based on interests of the National Security Fellows and suggestions from the broader Harvard community. The purpose of these sessions is to minimize the information gap between civilians and military personnel through candid, off-record, informal conversations.

John Demers

AP

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

Director's Seminar with former Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers

Wed., Oct. 12, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

The Belfer Center's Asia-Pacific Initiative and Defense Project will host a Director's Seminar with John C. Demers, former Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice. The conversation will be moderated by Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director of the Belfer Center, and Chris Li, Director of Research for the Asia-Pacific Initiative.

Advance registration is required, and attendance is limited to current Harvard affiliates (students, staff, faculty, fellows).

You are permitted to attend only if you receive an email confirmation. 

Convening - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Pizza and Pints with the NSFs

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

This session's topic - meet the NSFs!

In this session, featured NSFs and attendees will discuss what it's like to serve as an active duty member of the military or a civilian public servant, both professionally and personally.

There will also be pizza and beer!

Attendance is limited - you will be notified via email before the event whether your attendance is confirmed.


In addition to the robust speaker series, the Belfer Center National Security Fellows will also host off-record “Ask Me Anything” sessions as part of their “For the Common Defense” year-long initiative.   

The AMA sessions will cover a broad range of relevant Defense and National Security related topics. These topics are chosen based on interests of the National Security Fellows and suggestions from the broader Harvard community. The purpose of these sessions is to minimize the information gap between civilians and military personnel through candid, off-record, informal conversations.