Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/10/2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location
Sands Regency Hotel

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If you find you are unable to attend the presentation, please

email Patty at info@nationalsecurityforum.org. We are charged for no-shows.

Please RSVP for this upcoming National Security Forum, certainly very timely!

Trump Administration
National Security Structure –
The Players and their Playbooks

A Panel Discussion With

Tyrus W. Cobb, Keith Hansen, Rae Huffstutler

Thursday, May 10th, The Sands
 Amidst the head-spinning news cycles that have come to characterize the Trump Administration, serious national security issues are being addressed by members of the President’s rapidly changing National Security Team. The key players sometimes pursue policies based on key playbooks, e.g., National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review. And sometimes they execute operations based on something else entirely…the President’s “gut impulse.”

An esteemed panel of National Security Forum luminaries will help make sense of who and what is driving national security decision-making in the Trump White House.

Dr. Ty Cobb, NSF Founder and eternal wealth of information, will open the panel with an overview of those who have a seat on the National Security Team in the White House when the music stops as of 10 May. Assuming the revolving door has slowed down just a bit, Ty will introduce us to the new National Security Advisor, John Bolton, the new Homeland Security Advisor (TBD), the new Top Economic Advisor (Larry Kudlow), and several other players named and yet-to-be-named…again.

Keith Hansen will follow up with an update on the key strategies that are guiding (or not) policy-making and military actions by the President and his team in the White House and national security agencies. Since Keith’s last stimulating NSF presentation in January, the Administration has published the National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review, and State/USAID Joint Strategic Plan. In addition, the Director of National Intelligence issued the latest Worldwide Threat Briefing to Congress in February. Keith will focus his remarks on how the new national security players are influencing (or are expected to influence) policy making using these strategies (or not) around major challenges from Russia, China, Syria, Iran and North Korea.

Building on Ty and Keith’s insight, Rae Huffstutler will take a deeper dive into how policy making has changed in this Administration and where it appears to be headed. Rae will shed light on the bifurcation of policy-making in the Trump White House, some of which relies on perpetual momentum of national security wonks in the defense, homeland and intelligence communities. On the other hand, when President Trump takes a personal interest in the issue the subsequent policies and even military actions have tended to unfold outside the sphere of traditional playbooks and players. And when key players don’t get on board with the President’s new way of doing business they are…fired! Remember Tillerson, McMaster, Cohn, Bossert, and the list keeps growing.

Our panel promises to help us understand how to interpret national security decision-making in the Trump White House without becoming completely overwhelmed by the latest daily news blitz. This is certainly an NSF meeting not to be missed if you want to pause your head-spinning for at least a couple of hours and learn what is really keeping our nation secure!

Dr. Ty Cobb, NSF Founder and eternal wealth of information, will open the panel with an overview of those who have a seat on the National Security Team in the White House when the music stops as of 10 May. Assuming the revolving door has slowed down just a bit, Ty will introduce us to the new National Security Advisor, John Bolton, the new Homeland Security Advisor (TBD), the new Top Economic Advisor (Larry Kudlow), and several other players named and yet-to-be-named…again.

Keith Hansen will follow up with an update on the key strategies that are guiding (or not) policy-making and military actions by the President and his team in the White House and national security agencies. Since Keith’s last stimulating NSF presentation in January, the Administration has published the National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review, and State/USAID Joint Strategic Plan. In addition, the Director of National Intelligence issued the latest Worldwide Threat Briefing to Congress in February. Keith will focus his remarks on how the new national security players are influencing (or are expected to influence).

Rae Huffstutler served as the Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Director of Photo Interpretation, and as the Director of Soviet Research at the Agency.

A full breakfast will be served ($20 Members, $30 Non-Members, and $10 for students with ID and military personnel in uniform; free for WWII Veterans). We recommend that you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy some breakfast, coffee, and conversation. Breakfast service and registration open at 8:00 a.m.

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