Class of 2006 War Studies Conference

Potential Disruptors of the ‘American Way of War’

The Modern War Institute hosted its third annual Class of 2006 War Studies Conference in November 2018. Over three days at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the conference brought together distinguished representatives from the private sector, government, academia, the think-tank community, and the joint military services to debate and discuss issues related to modern war and warfare. This year’s conference explored the issue of next-generation warfare and potential disruptors to the “American way of war.” On this page, you can find videos of keynote speakers and panel discussions, links to the conference program and post-conference report, detailed descriptions of each of the conference’s five panel discussions, and a list of conference participants.

Official Conference Registration Book

Official Conference Report

Conference Videos

Keynote Addresses

Emerging Technologies and Megatrends Affecting Military Effectiveness

Speakers

Assistant Secretary of the Army Bruce Jette

Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin

Moderator

Dr. Nina Kollars, US Naval War College

Can Deep Thinking’ Defeat Tomorrow’s Adversaries?

Speaker

Garry Kasparov

Moderator

Mr. Nicholas Schmidle, The New Yorker

How Geography Will Reshape Great Power Conflictn

Speaker

Mr. Robert Kaplan, author of The Revenge of Geography

Moderator

Mr. Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Policy

Spurring Innovation between the Pentagon and Private Sector

Speakers

Mr. David Sanger, New York Times

Dr. Raj Shah, former managing director of Defense Innovation Unit

 

Panel Discussions

Panel 1 — Of Bits, Bots, or Battalions? What ‘Next-Generation Warfare’ Looks Like

Dr. Amy Zalman, Strategic Narrative Institute
Dr. Frank Hoffman, National Defense University
Dr. Erik Gartzke, UC San Diego
Maj. Gen. (ret) Robert Scales, CCLTF

Moderator: Dr. Birthe Anders, Harvard

Panel 2 — Fake News, Real War: How to Manage a Complex IO Landscape

Mr. Clint Watts, FPRI
Mr. Brent Colburn, Princeton
Mr. Graham Brookie, Atlantic Council’s DFRLab

Moderator: Mr. David Patrikarakos, author of War in 140 Characters

Panel 3 — Beyond ‘Slaughterbots’: Reimagining War with No Soldiers

Ms. Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University
Lt. Col. Christopher Korpela, Army Robotics Research Center
Dr. Jacquelyn Schneider, US Naval War College

Moderator: Mr. Paul Scharre, CNAS

Panel 4 — Rage against the Machine Learning: Debating AI in Modern War

Dr. Timothy Hwang, Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative
Mr. Paul Scharre, CNAS
Ms. Elsa Kania, CNAS

Moderator: Mr. Andrew Liptak, The Verge

Panel 5 — Beyond the Horizon Scenarios with our Near-Peer Adversaries

Mr. Michael Kofman, CNA
Mr. Isaac Stone Fish, Asia Society
Dr. Antulio Echevarria, US Army War College
Dr. David Johnson, RAND

Moderator: Ms. Andrea Goldstein, Fletcher School

Conference Participant List

Name

Dr. Birth Anders

Dr. Lionel Beehner

Mr. Graham Brookie

Dr. Aaron Brantly

Mr. Max Brooks

Dr. Risa Brooks

Maj. Joseph Byerly

Maj. Jess Caddell

Mr. Matthew Cancian

The Honorable John Carlin

Mr. Brent Colburn

Col. Liam Collins

Lt. Col. Nate Davis

Dr. Antulio Echevarria

Mr. Isaac Stone Fish

Dr. Jai Galliot

Dr. Erik Gartzke

Mr. Dan Gettinger

Brig. Gen. Steve Gilland

Ms. Andrea Goldstein

Maj. Zach Griffiths

Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson

Dr. Frank Hoffman

Dr. Michael Horowitz

Dr. Timothy Hwang

The Honorable Bruce Jette

Dr. David Johnson

Dr. Mary Kaldor

Ms. Elsa Kania

Mr. Robert Kaplan

Mr. Garry Kasparov

Mr. Michael Kofman

Dr. Nina Kollars

Dr. Rita Konaev

Lt. Col. Christopher Korpela

Dr. Ron Krebs

Mr. Richard Kuzma

Maj. Ryan Leach

Col. (ret) Steve Leonard

Mr. Andrew Liptak

Mr. Mike Lyons

Dr. Jahara Matisek

Maj. Dan Maurer

Mr. Albert Mauroni

Col. William Ostlund

Mr. David Patrikarakos

Dr. William Reno

Maj. Gen. Mick Ryan

Mr. David Sanger

Maj. Gen. (ret) Robert Scales

Dr. Paul Scharre

Mr. Nicholas Schmidle

Dr. Jacquelyn Schneider

Dr. Christopher Sims

Mr. Andrew Sollinger

Maj. (ret) John Spencer

Dr. Raj Shah

Mr. Jonathan Tepperman

Mr. Clint Watts

Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley

Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams

Mr. Ali Wyne

Dr. Amy Zalman

Affiliation

Harvard University

United States Military Academy

Atlantic Council’s DFRLab

Virginia Tech University

Author of World War Z

Marquette University

United States Army

United States Military Academy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aspen Institute

Princeton University

Modern War Institute

United States Military Academy

US Army War College

Asia Society

University of New South Wales

University of California San Diego

Bard College

United States Military Academy

Tufts University

United States Military Academy

Modern War Institute

National Defense University

University of Pennsylvania

Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative

Office of the Secretary of the Army

RAND

London School of Economics

Center for a New American Security

Author of The Revenge of Geography

Author of Deep Thinking

Center for Naval Analyses

US Naval War College

Modern War Institute

Army Robotics Research Center

University of Minnesota

United States Navy

United States Military Academy

Kansas University

The Verge

CBS Radio News Network

United States Air Force Academy

United States Army

US Air Force Air University

United States Military Academy

Author of War in 140 Characters

Northwestern University

Australian Defense College

New York Times

Close Combat Lethality Task Force

Center for a New American Security

The New Yorker

US Naval War College

King’s College London

Foreign Policy

Modern War Institute

Formerly Defense Innovation Unit

Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy Research Institute

Army Capabilities Integration Center

United States Military Academy

RAND

Strategic Narrative Institute

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