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Defense Forum Washington 2014

Defense Forum Washington will take place December 4, 2014 at the Newseum - Knight Conference Center in Washington, DC.

The Knight Conference Center at the Newseum is conveniently located between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on historic Pennsylvania Ave. and just one block from the National Mall.

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555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20001

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Defense Forum Washington 2014 will be held at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, DC.  

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            Thursday, December 4, 2014
            10:00AM - 10:30AMRegistration and Coffee
            10:30AM - 10:40AMWelcoming Remarks: VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.), CEO, U.S. Naval Institute
            10:40AM - 12:00PMSea Service Briefing
            12:00PM - 12:30PMLunch
            12:45PM - 1:15PM
            • Featured Speaker: Representative J. Randy Forbes (R -VA), Member, Armed Services Committee and Judiciary Committee and Chairman, House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces (Confirmed)
            1:15PM - 2:00PM
            • Featured Speaker: Mr. Ronald O'Rourke, Naval Affairs Specialist, Congressional Research Service (Confirmed)
            2:00PM - 2:15PMBreak
            2:15PM - 2:45PM
            2:45PM - 3:15PM
            3:15PM - 3:20PMClosing Remarks: VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.), CEO, U.S. Naval Institute

            Senator Kelly Ayotte (R - NH)

            Featured Speaker

            Member, Armed Services Committee, Budget Committee and Subcommittee on Seapower


            Senator Richard Blumenthal (D - CT)

            Featured Speaker

            Member, Armed Services Committee and Subcommittee on Seapower


            RADM Kevin M. Donegan, USN
            RADM Kevin M. Donegan, USN


            Acting Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy


            Rear Admiral Donegan is a 1980 Cum Laude graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.

            His first operational assignment was as a plank owner to Strike Fighter Squadron 131 where he made the first East coast deployment of the F/A-18 culminating in the successful Libyan air strikes in April 1986. He served as a department head in Strike Fighter Squadron 37 earning the Strike Fighter Wing’s Longhart Leadership Award. He also served as executive officer on USS George Washington (CVN 73) when the ship garnered the Battle E, the Admiral Flatley Safety Award and the Battenberg Cup.

            Donegan commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 131 completing a deployment to the Persian Gulf and the 3rd Fleet command ship, USS Coronado (AGF 11), earning three command excellence awards. He also commanded the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on a combat deployment earning the Battle E. He spearheaded Naval Aviation Enterprise’s Carrier Readiness Team, and was honored as the Tailhook Association’s Tailhooker of the Year for 2006. He also commanded Battle Force 7th Fleet and Carrier Strike Group 5 aboard USS George Washington, homeported in Japan.

            Ashore, Rear Admiral Donegan’s most recent joint assignment was director of operations for United States Central Command. He served at the Pentagon as director of the Navy Quadrennial Defense Review, director of Strategy and Policy Division on the Navy staff, director of Warfare Integration, and as the aide/administrative assistant to the deputy chief of Naval operations for Plans, Policy and Operations. He completed joint duty as flag lieutenant to the commander, Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy. During that tour he deployed to Sarajevo as the NATO liaison officer to the commander, United Nations Protection Forces serving as the principal air advisor during NATO’s Deliberate Force air strikes.

            He currently serves as acting deputy chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy.

            Donegan graduated the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School as the Outstanding Student, the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), the Navy Nuclear Power School, the USAF Air Command and Staff College, the Joint Forces Staff College and completed Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program in National and International Security.

            His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, five Legions of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and multiple unit, service, and campaign awards. His flying experience includes over 3,800 hours in 31 different types of aircraft and over 800 arrested landings on 15 different aircraft carriers.

            Representative J. Randy Forbes (R -VA)
            Representative J. Randy Forbes (R -VA)

            Featured Speaker

            Member, Armed Services Committee and Judiciary Committee and Chairman, House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces


            Since his constituents elected him to Congress in 2001, one of Randy’s key priorities has been to protect and defend our nation. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, Randy is responsible for the research, development, acquisition, and sustainment of Navy and Marine Corps programs as well as the Air Force's bomber and tanker fleets. Randy’s position is central in developing the nation’s long-term strategies to meet our future security needs. As a result of his work on behalf of our military, in 2009, Randy became one of only a few individuals to have been honored with the highest civilian award offered by both the United States Army and the United States Navy.

            Randy has rejected Washington political rhetoric and has instead focused on solutions-based leadership to tackle issues such as economic recovery, healthcare, tax reform, and government spending. In healthcare, Randy has introduced proposals to protect seniors and individuals with preexisting conditions from health insurance cancellation, to harness the potential in ethical stem-cell research, and to double the investment the federal government is making in research to cure diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. His work has earned him the award, “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights.” In addition, Randy has introduced legislation to improve efficiency in government agencies, and he has been named a “Hero of Taxpayers”. Instead of abandoning sound fiscal policy in the face of economic challenge, Randy was one of only 17 Members of Congress to vote against each stimulus and bailout package under both the Bush and Obama Administrations.

            Randy founded and chairs the Congressional Prayer Caucus and has led this group of bipartisan Members in national efforts to protect prayer and our nation’s spiritual history. He is known as a skilled orator on the Judiciary Committee and, as the former Ranking Member of the Crime Subcommittee, Randy is often called upon to lead the debate on national issues such as gang crime or immigration reform. As founder and chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, Randy has introduced legislation to combat Chinese espionage and is frequently tapped as a national commentator on Sino-American relations. Groups as diverse as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the NAACP, the National Taxpayers Union, and the American Farm Bureau Federation have all recognized the work Randy has done in Congress - a testament to Randy's independent problem-solving and focus on bipartisan solutions.

            While Randy’s legislative proposals have received significant national and local attention, Randy’s commitment to improving quality of life for his constituents has been the hallmark of his career in Congress. Randy places a high-priority on partnering with community leaders and elected officials of all political persuasions to bring about greater economic prosperity, increased educational opportunities, safer communities, and improved local transportation and infrastructure for the Fourth District. His work to position Fort Lee through the last BRAC round led to the arrival of nearly 12,000 jobs in the Chesterfield/Tri-Cities area, and his work as founder and chairman of the Congressional Modeling & Simulation Caucus has elevated Hampton Roads as a premier destination for high-paying tech jobs.

            Working in Washington has not changed Randy’s enthusiasm for serving those who elected him. Richmond Times Dispatch noted Randy has “earned a reputation for constituent service” for his ability to cut through red tape and for his unparalleled constituent communications. Randy publishes a weekly email newsletter with over 90,000 subscribers, which includes commentary, as well as factual information on the issues before Congress. Randy has long worked under the belief that transparency is a key condition of good government. In addition to his unparalleled work to inform and solicit input from his constituents, Randy was one of the first members of Congress to publish appropriations requests to his website, causing the Richmond Times Dispatch to call him, “an admirable example for openness.” His website was selected by the Congressional Management Foundation as one of the best websites in Congress and was specifically commended for offering constituents a “clear understanding of his work in Congress”.

            A life-long resident of Virginia, Randy began his career in private law practice helping small and medium-sized businesses and ultimately became a partner in the largest law firm in southeastern Virginia. From 1989-2001, he served the Commonwealth of Virginia in the General Assembly. As a member of the House of Delegates, he served 7 years, quickly establishing himself and serving as the Floor Leader until his election to the State Senate in 1997. One year later, he became the Senate Floor Leader. He served in the State Senate for 3 1/2 years, until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

            VADM Charles D. Michel, USCG
            VADM Charles D. Michel, USCG


            Deputy Commandant for Operations


            Vice Admiral Charles Michel is the U. S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations, responsible for establishing and providing operational strategy, policy, guidance and resources to meet national priorities for U.S. Coast Guard missions, programs and services.

            His previous flag officer assignments include Deputy Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area; Director, Joint Interagency Task Force South; Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security; and Director for Governmental and Public Affairs, USCG.

            A native of Brandon, Florida, he graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering (with high honors) in 1985. In 1992, he graduated summa cum laude from the University Of Miami School Of Law as the salutatorian, receiving membership in the Order of the Coif.

            Tours of duty afloat included serving as Commanding Officer, USCGC RESOLUTE; as Executive Officer, USCGC DAUNTLESS; as Commanding Officer, USCGC CAPE CURRENT; and as Deck Watch Officer, USCGC DECISIVE. Vice Admiral Michel also served as Chief of the Office of Maritime and International Law, Washington, DC; Staff Attorney, Eighth Coast Guard District, New Orleans, Louisiana; head of the Operations Division, Office of Maritime and International Law, Washington, DC; and as Legislative Counsel for the Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs, Washington, DC.

            Vice Admiral Michel’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Coast Guard Letter of Commendation Ribbon. Vice Admiral Michel was also awarded the Distinguished Service Medal of the Colombian Navy. Vice Admiral Michel was the American Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year for the Coast Guard in 1995, the Judge Advocate’s Association Career Armed Services Attorney of the Year for the Coast Guard in 2000, and is currently a member of the Florida Bar.

            Mr. Ronald O
            Mr. Ronald O'Rourke

            Featured Speaker

            Naval Affairs Specialist, Congressional Research Service


            Mr. O'Rourke is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, from which he received his B.A. in international studies, and a valedictorian graduate of the University's Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he received his M.A. in the same field.

            Since 1984, Mr. O'Rourke has worked as a naval analyst for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He has written numerous reports for Congress on various issues relating to the Navy. He regularly briefs Members of Congress and Congressional staffers, and has testified before Congressional committees on several occasions.

            In 1996, Mr. O'Rourke received a Distinguished Service Award from the Library of Congress for his service to Congress on naval issues. Mr. O'Rourke is the author of several journal articles on naval issues, and is a past winner of the U.S. Naval Institute's Arleigh Burke essay contest. He has given presentations on Navy-related issues to a variety of audiences in government, industry and academia.

            CAPT Peter M. Swartz, USN (Ret.)
            CAPT Peter M. Swartz, USN (Ret.)


            Principal Research Scientist, Strategic Studies, CNA Corporation


            Peter Swartz, a retired U.S. Navy captain, has been with CNA Corporation for more than 20 years. He is the author of the U.S. Navy Capstone Strategies series, a comprehensive analysis of the Navy’s capstone strategy, policy, and concept documents from 1970 to 2010. Currently, Swartz is the scientific analyst to the Navy’s Strategy and Policy Division (N51), where he gives advice to the Navy hierarchy to help develop plans and high-level strategy.

            Swartz joined the Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps in college and served for 26 years as a U.S. Navy officer, principally in billets capitalizing on his expertise in counter-insurgency, naval strategy and policy, and international and inter-service relationships. During his time in the Navy, Swartz deployed to Vietnam, worked as a strategy and policy officer, and was the special assistant to General Colin Powell during the Gulf War. After retiring, Swartz brought his extensive experience with the Navy to CNA Corporation. Swartz shares, “The Navy was very good to me. I came to CNA Corporation to continue to support the Navy and pay them back in some way. I’ve stayed because of the amazing people that CNA Corporation hires. I work with some truly fantastic people in Strategic Studies.”

            In addition to his analysis work at CNA Corp., Swartz spends time mentoring staff and graduate students working on Navy policy. Presently, Swartz is mentoring a dozen students in places as diverse as Ohio, India, Norway, and Germany. He also co-chairs the Strategy Discussion Group, an informal group of more than 650 people who are interested in Navy strategy and policy, which meets twice a month to discuss difficult issues in the Navy.

            Swartz has an M.Phil. in Political Science from Columbia University, a M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University.

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            Newseum - Knight Conference Center

            Defense Forum Washington will take place December 4, 2014 at the Newseum - Knight Conference Center in Washington, DC.

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