Gen. Wesley Clark to speak at Tower Center symposium Nov. 13-14

Gen. Wesley ClarkGen. Wesley K. Clark (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, will deliver the keynote address in the “The Future of Conflict: Military Roles and Missions,” Nov. 13-14 at SMU. The symposium is the inaugural event in the Program on National Security and Defense at the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

The opening discussion Nov. 13 begins with a 7:30 p.m. reception at the Collins Executive Education Center and will address how the military is relating to the changing nature of conflict. Texas State Rep. Dan Branch, chair of the Tower Center’s Board of Directors, will introduce a panel of flag officers including Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales Jr. (Ret.); Rear Adm. William R. Burke, director of Navy Quadrennial Defense Review; Brig. Gen. Mark Clark, U.S. Marine Corps; Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap Jr., Deputy Judge Advocate General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Maj. Gen. David Fastabend, U.S. Army; Rear Adm. Brian Salerno, U.S. Coast Guard; and Lt. Gen. John R. Wood, Deputy Commander, Joint Forces Command. Lee Cullum, journalist and Tower Center senior fellow, and Tower Center acting director Seyom Brown will lead the discussion.

Panel discussions Nov. 14 at the Meadows Museum’s Smith Auditorium include the Emergent Geopolitics of Conflict, Technological Change and Its Military Implications, and Military Roles and Missions.

Gen. Clark will speak at a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom. Reservations are required, and registration begins at noon. SMU students, faculty and staff may attend at no charge with SMU IDs.

Reservations also are required for the panel discussions, which are free of charge.

To RSVP or for more information, e-mail the Tower Center or call 8-3954. Find a complete program and reservation form at the Tower Center website.