Past Events

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"What an event! I had no idea about the impact the insurgency had upon the country."


The entire NDBS team did a great job yesterday. 

The program was great. The process, recognition of supporting groups and publicity for them was exactly the right level.

That was an incredible program Sunday night with Admiral Foggo and Heather Penny.

Southern Border Perspective

The border between the United States and Mexico has been a flash point for years and is a particular issue for border states like Texas, where the impacts of the immigrant flow are obvious. This program will feature speakers who have been intimately involved with the situation on the border from policy, law enforcement, and…

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Global Power Competition

The 2022 National Security Strategy describes the threats to vital U.S. national security interests posed by the “pacing challenge” of China and the “acute threat” of a resurgent Russia. While the National Strategy integrates the traditional elements of national power, it is the military element that underpins the rest, and is the ultimate guarantor of…

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Air and Naval Power in the 21st (and 22nd) Century

The 2022 National defense Strategy tasks the U.S military with a list of strategic objectives, for which it appears to be woefully inadequate. Naval and air forces in particular suffer from decades of over-use and under-investment. Investment today will provide not only the force for the remainder of the 21st century, but the platforms for…

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Space: A Warfighting Domain

Space is our newest warfighting domain and the standup of the U.S Space Force recognizes that. What are the implications for strategy, policy technology and organization?  General (USAF, ret) Kevin Chilton, Explorer Chair at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Spacepower Advantage Research Center. Former Commander US Strategic Command; Astronaut and Test Pilot.

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Changing Methods of War in the Modern Age

Panelist discussion with Colonel (US Army, Retired) John Antal.  The stunning success of the US military in Desert Storm seemed to validate the lessons we learned in Vietnam; however, the 9/11 attacks 2001 focused the US for 20 years on a different kind of warfare, and when we pulled our last forces from Afghanistan in…

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Cyberspace Operations: More Than Cyber Security

Panelists include Lieutenant General Harry Raduege (USAF, ret), Chief Executive Officer of the National Cybersecurity Center, and former Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and Manager of the National Communications System; Lieutenant General  Kevin McLaughlin (USAF, ret), Professor of Practice in the Bush School’s Department of International Affairs, and former Deputy Commander of United States…

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Sam Johnson Defender of Freedom Award

Season One concluded on March 13, 2022, with a wrapup presentation by MG, Charles Aris, Commanding General, 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard.  We also presented the Congressman Sam Johnson Defender of Freedom Award to Scott Murray, a multi-EMMY Award-winning television sports anchor and broadcast journalist, who has also devoted his career to supporting…

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Europe and Russia

A panel discussion with General Tom Hobbins, USAF (Ret), former Commander US Air Forces in Europe; and Lt. Gen Steve Shepro, USAF (Ret), former Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee and SMU Tower Center, Council on Foreign Relations. 

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The Middle East

A panel discussion with the Honorable (BG) Jim Smith, USAF (Ret), former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; and Mr. Steve Slick, Director of Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs and former CIA Chief of Station in a Middle Eastern Capital.  

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Asia-Pacific and China

A discussion on China and the Asia-Pacific region by Admiral (Ret) Pat Walsh, 59th Commander, US Pacific Fleet and 35th Vice-Chief of Naval Operations.  

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