Past Events

I was able to meet, not just extremely intelligent and skilled senior leaders, but also network with others like me who shared an interest in the field.

"Awesome event! The information presented was not what you see or heard on national and local news. It's the other side of the coin."

The National Defense Briefing has single-handedly put me on the career path I am on today. Before attending, I was a cadet who had an unrefined but strong passion for the military and service. This program thrust a young me into a world of defense that I had never seen before.

"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. 

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

From AI and the cyber domain to warfighting in the air & sea, I was educated on a vast variety of defense topics. I was so fascinated by the information given at these events that I am now pursuing a career in military intelligence so that I may have the opportunity to get involved myself.

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

There is truly no program like the NDBS. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to attend.

Middle East Perspectives

General Buzz Moseley provided a perspective on the Middle East. He concluded his 40+ year military career in 2008 as the 18th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, where he was the nation’s senior airman and a principal military advisor to the President of the United States.  During his career, he flew…

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2024 Recipient of the Congressman Sam Johnson
Defender of Freedom Award

This prestigious recognition is awarded annually to a business leader who has demonstrated a lifetime of dedication and service, following the example of Congressman (Col. USAF) Sam Johnson, who served his country for nearly 60 years as a military officer and US Congressman, including 7 years as a prisoner of war in VietNam. The awardee…

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Medal of Honor Museum Discussion

The National Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington is scheduled to open in March 2025. It will serve as the premier national institution dedicated to the stories, impact, and legacy of the service members who became Medal of Honor recipients. Come hear President/CEO Chris Cassidy tell the Museum story: origin, mission and status. Chris is…

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Critical Infrastructure Threats

What if you woke up tomorrow with no power, cell service, internet, or access to your bank? The 2021 Texas power outage demonstrated the devastating effects of a regional power outage. Still, we know today that our national adversaries–Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea—are actively seeking tools and access to destroy or disrupt our power…

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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 China’s “pacing challenge” and the “acute threat” of a resurgent Russia. While the National Strategy integrates the traditional elements of national power, the military element underpins the rest and is the ultimate guarantor of national security.  Our most important…

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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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