Thursday, November 6, 2014 (10:00 AM – 4:30 PM)
Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
The Seventh Annual Tower Center National Security Conference explores the so-called “pivot to Asia.” For many years the focus of U.S. grand strategy has been on Europe and the Persian Gulf. Now Washington’s attention is turning to the east. What are the implications for strategy, policy, military operations, and the defense industry? Speakers discuss what the pivot means to the United States, China, and other states in the region. They will also explore questions about military operations in a hypothetical conflict with China. Finally, they will consider the implications for the defense industry if the competition with China comes to dominate U.S. attention.
Agenda & Speakers
Welcome & Introduction
Panel 1 – Grand Strategy and the Rise of China
Lunch with the speakers
Panel 2 – Military Dimensions of a Conflict with China
Panel 3 – Implications for the Defense Industry
PREVIOUS TOWER CENTER NATIONAL SECURITY CONFERENCES
The Sixth Annual Tower Center National Security Conference | Making Strategy under Budget Austerity: Regional Threats and Practical Responses | October 30-31, 2013
The Fifth Annual Tower Center National Security Conference | Strategy, Forces, and Budgets | November 14-15, 2012
The Security and Strategy Program at the Tower Center serves to raise student and public awareness of national and international security affairs. Our principal mission is to prepare SMU undergraduates to become leaders in government service, academia, and industry. We offer a rigorous and demanding set of courses on international relations, national security policy, strategy, American foreign policy, and the politics of military force. The Tower Center also gives students the opportunity to interact with policymakers, military officers, intelligence officials, and diplomats.
The United States has become increasingly active in regional conflicts since the end of the Cold War, and it invests enormous resources into projecting American power abroad. SAS@SMU encourages a vigorous debate on this investment. Along with the annual Tower Center National Security Conference, we organize regular forums and seminars that give the public the chance to converse with leading scholars about cutting edge research in security studies, as well as with government officials and defense industry executives.