The U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy gathered government, military, and academic leaders to discuss creating a culture of critical thinking in the military and outthinking the enemy may be the most important contribution to victory in winning tomorrow's wars. 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr. Mark Hagerott, CAPT, USN (Ret.), Chancellor for the North Dakota University System; Chair of SECNAV Education Task Force, 2022–23 
  • Mr. Trent Hone, Vice President, ICFaward-winning naval historian; author, Learning War: The Evolution of Fighting Doctrine in the U.S. Navy, 1898–1945 and Mastering the Art of Command: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and Victory in the Pacific
  • General James Mattis, USMC (Ret.), Secretary of Defense, 2017–19
  • Dr. Peter Warren Singer, Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America; Professor of Practice, Arizona State University; Founder & Managing Partner, Useful Fiction LLC
  • Dr. Eric Schmidt, Chairman, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, 2019-21; former CEO and Chairman, Google
  • The Honorable Robert O. Work, Senior Counselor for Defense and Distinguished Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security, Center for a New American Security; President, TeamWork, LLC; Deputy Secretary of Defense, 2014–17

This event was made possible with support from the William M. Wood Foundation.

Agencies' support and comments by speakers do not indicate endorsement of any organization or represent the views of any government agency.

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