Leadership and National Security Reform: The Next President's Agenda: Colloquium Report   [open pdf - 284KB]

"This colloquium examined the conditions existing in the contemporary threat environment and how they may shape American security policy for the next presidential administration. Integral to this objective is articulating how U.S. threats, policies, and strategies have changed since 2001, and how the national security system has been slow in adjusting to changing operating requirements. The colloquium highlighted differing notions of national security and the difficulty of aligning and synchronizing competing visions and missions represented by various government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, military services, and Congress. Participants considered the various obstacles impeding dramatic security reform ranging from political pressures to bureaucratic inertia. Currently, every stakeholder in the process maintains a different opinion on what requires change and how this should be achieved. Thus, the reform agenda is sophisticated and complicated yet represents the critical first step for positive restructuring. Participants also received insight into a number of ongoing governmental and political initiatives to raise awareness of this issue and spark action. The colloquium was held on the campus of Texas A&M University, which possesses a rich military tradition and is supported by a community very interested in national security affairs. The program included one panel, one keynote speaker, and a debate featuring prominent scholars and policymakers. Most debates in the 2008 presidential primary campaign addressed a wide range of political issues. This colloquium focused specifically on international affairs and national security policy. The opening panel included international experts to discuss the post- September 11, 2001 (9/11) security environment and 'new' foreign and defense policy issues, including human and homeland security, nation building and conflict, and political development and terrorism."

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