2015: Sisco Memorial Forum: “Complex Civil-Military Actions: The Imperative for a New Model”

The National Defense University and the American Academy of Diplomacy hosted a presentation by Former Chief of National Intelligence Admiral (Ret.) Dennis Blair, Former Commander of the US Special Operations Command Eric Olson and former Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann:

“Complex Civil-Military Actions: The Imperative for a New Model”

The existing way of doing business with separate lines of civilian and military chains reaching back through multiple agencies and offices to an incoherent Washington bureaucratic process fails to provide effective policy direction in limited war conditions. Good people make it work but the system is a mess. The presenters and authors of an article on the same subject (“Fixing Fragile States,” The National Interest, August 27, 2014) suggest a new approach to command and planning.

The forum was hosted and moderated by former Under Secretary of State, Ambassador (Ret.) Thomas R. Pickering, Chairman of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

The discussion, reception and dinner, an annual presentation of the Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum, took place on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 from 17:30 to 21:30 in Lieutenant General Paul G. Cerjan Conference Room, 300 5th Avenue, Marshall Hall — building 62, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington DC 20319.

 

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Admiral Blair addresses questions from the audience during the Sisco Forum

 

 

 

Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum

Complex Civil-Military Actions:
The Imperative for a New Model

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Program

6:00 PM       Reception

6:45 PM       Welcome from the National Defense University and American Academy of Diplomacy

7:00 PM       Panel Introduction

Admiral (ret) Eric Olson
Former Commander of the US Special Operations Command

Admiral (ret) Dennis Blair
Former Chief of National Intelligence

Ambassador (ret) Ronald Neumann
President, American Academy of Diplomacy

7:30 PM       Dinner

8:15 PM        Panel Reconvenes

Moderator

AMBASSADOR (ret) THOMAS PICKERING
Chairman, American Academy of Diplomacy

9:15 PM        Program Concludes

 

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, a panel consisting of Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, President, American Academy of Diplomacy; Admiral Eric T. Olson, USN (Ret), former Commander, Special Operations Command; and Admiral Dennis Blair, USN (Ret), former Director of National Intelligence, addressed the National Defense University student body on the topic of “Complex Civil-Military Actions: The Imperative for a New Model.” The discussion took place in Lincoln Hall at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Dr. Joseph Collins served as the moderator.
Admiral Eric T. Olson, USN (Ret), former Commander, Special Operations Command
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, a panel consisting of Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, President, American Academy of Diplomacy; Admiral Eric T. Olson, USN (Ret), former Commander, Special Operations Command; and Admiral Dennis Blair, USN (Ret), former Director of National Intelligence, addressed the National Defense University student body on the topic of “Complex Civil-Military Actions: The Imperative for a New Model.” The discussion took place in Lincoln Hall at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Dr. Joseph Collins served as the moderator.
Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, President, American Academy of Diplomacy
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, a panel consisting of Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, President, American Academy of Diplomacy; Admiral Eric T. Olson, USN (Ret), former Commander, Special Operations Command; and Admiral Dennis Blair, USN (Ret), former Director of National Intelligence, addressed the National Defense University student body on the topic of “Complex Civil-Military Actions: The Imperative for a New Model.” The discussion took place in Lincoln Hall at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Dr. Joseph Collins served as the moderator.
Admiral Dennis Blair, USN (Ret), former Director of National Intelligence

Related article: “Fixing Fragile States” by Blair Neumann Olson

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Admiral Blair answers questions from the audience during the Sisco Forum at the National Defense University