Do We Have the Right Naval Force Structure to Execute the Nation's Strategy?

With China forging ahead with construction of the world's largest navy, has the United States positioned itself to generate the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard force structure necessary to fulfill the U.S. National Security Strategy?

Military and congressional leaders, as well as naval strategists, convened on this topic and provided their assessments on where we are and where we need to be with respect to the force structure and resources required to satisfy U.S. national security objectives.




8:00am - 8:25am | Registration and Coffee Service

8:25am - 8:30am | Welcome Remarks

8:30am - 9:00am | Featured Speaker
Gen Christopher Mahoney, USMC, Assistant Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps (Confirmed)

9:00am - 9:45am | Featured Speaker
Mr. Ronald O’Rouke, Specialist in Naval Affairs, Congressional Research Service (Confirmed)

9:45am - 11:00am | Panel: China-Taiwan: We Don’t Have a Decade. What Must We Do Now to Prepare?

The American Sea Power Project is a three-part project to identify the ends, ways, and means of maritime power and strategy. In the December issue of Proceedings, authors consider means specifically as they relate to a possible conflict with China over Taiwan. This discussion will bring several of those authors together to discuss how their warfare areas would affect such a scenario and what means they would need to ensure success.

Moderator: CAPT Bill Hamblet, USN (Ret.), Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute (Confirmed) 

  • CDR Paul Giarra, USN (Ret.), President, Global Strategies and Transformation (Confirmed)
  • CDR Graham Scarbro, USN, Doctoral Student, Johns Hopkins University (Confirmed)
  • CAPT William Toti, USN (Ret.), Former CEO, Sparton Corporation (Confirmed) 
  • ADM James A. Winnefeld, Jr., USN (Ret.), Distinguished Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech; Senior non-resident fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Confirmed)

11:15am - 11:45am | Featured Speaker
Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) – Member, House Armed Services Committee; Ranking Member, House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; Member, House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Information Technologies, and Innovation (Confirmed)

11:45am - 12:15pm | Featured Speaker
Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA) – Vice Chairman, House Armed Services Committee; Chairman, House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces; Member, House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (Confirmed)

12:15pm | Closing Remarks


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