SOURCE: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

November 12, 2013 06:00 ET

The Honorable Leon Panetta Joins Panelists at the Reagan National Defense Forum: Building Peace Through Strength Through 2025 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library; November 16, 2013

SIMI VALLEY, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 12, 2013) -

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library will bring together leaders and key stakeholders in the defense community -- including members of Congress, civilian officials and military leaders from the Defense Department and industry -- to address the health of our national defense and to stimulate a discussion that promotes policies that strengthen the United States military into the future. Panels and keynote addresses will make up the day-long conference. The Honorable Leon Panetta will now join Panel 7: Congress, Industry and the Pentagon: Assessing the Relationship.


  • Luncheon Keynote Speaker: General Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Closing Remarks by: The Honorable Chuck Hagel, United States Secretary of Defense
  • The Honorable Leon Panetta, Former United States Secretary of Defense
  • General James Amos, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps
  • The Honorable John McHugh, Secretary of the Army, U.S. Army
  • Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations
  • The Honorable Carl Levin, United States Senator
  • Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, United States House of Representatives

PROGRAM OUTLINE (see "Who" section below for complete list of panels and panelists):

  • 9:00 a.m. - Panels 1 and 2
  • 10:30 a.m. - Panels 3 and 4
  • 12:00 p.m. - Keynote luncheon with General Martin Dempsey
  • 1:45 p.m. - Panels 5 and 6
  • 3:15 p.m. - Panel 7
  • 4:30 p.m. - Closing session with Secretary Chuck Hagel

MEDIA NOTES (There will be no exceptions to any of these rules):

  • For security purposes, media must have current law enforcement credentials to attend.
  • Media must RSVP no later than 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013. Contact Melissa Giller at 805-390-6405 or
  • Broadcast media planning to cover the conference live must receive clearance from the Library by the 3:00 p.m. deadline on November 15, 2013 due to parking availability.
  • Media check-in on November 16th opens at 7:00 a.m. at the Reagan Library.
  • A mult-box will be provided.
  • Panels 1, 3 and 5 are located on the second floor of the Library's Air Force One Pavilion. Panels 2, 4, 6 and 7, as well as the closing session remarks, are located in the Library's Presidential Learning Center Auditorium. The keynote luncheon is located on the first floor of the Air Force One Pavilion.
  • Reagan's Country Café (on the Library premises) will be open from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for food purchase.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, California 93065


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.:
PANEL 1: What Should the Asia Rebalance Look Like in 2025?
With our military forces rebalancing to Asia facing an array of security threats, including an emerging China, this panel will discuss the military capabilities required to guarantee US superiority in Asia into the next decade.

Panelists:  General James Amos (Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps), Admiral Jonathan Greenert (Chief of Naval Operations), Congressman Duncan Hunter, Senator Jim Talent, The Honorable Bob Work (former Undersecretary of the Navy).

Moderator: Mr. Julian Barnes (The Wall Street Journal)

PANEL 2: Caring for our Wounded Warriors: Keeping Faith After a Decade of War
The wars in Iraq an Afghanistan tragically led to a generation of wounded warriors. Traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder are examples of the many medical conditions facing our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The panelists will address the policies and programs required to continue providing the best care for our force.

Panelists: General Pete Chiarelli (Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; CEO, One Mind for Research), The Honorable Rudy DeLeon (former Deputy Secretary of Defense), Secretary John McHugh (Secretary of the Army, U.S. Army), Congressman Jeff Miller (FL), Mr. Gary Sinise (Gary Sinise Foundation)

Moderator: Ms. Jennifer Griffin (National Security Correspondent, Fox News)

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.:
PANEL 3: The Industrial Base after a decade of war and in an era of declining budgets: where do we need to be in 2025?
The industrial base grew to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has had to adjust to budget cuts. The Panelists will discuss areas where industry and the Pentagon need to focus to ensure a healthy and secure industrial base in the decade ahead.

Panelists: Mr. Greg Bloom (President, Seal Science), Mr. Wes Bush (CEO, Northrop Grumman), The Honorable Frank Kendall (Under Secretary of Defense for AT&L), Mr. Bill Swanson (CEO, Raytheon), Mr. Chuck Robbins (SVP Worldwide Field Operations, CISCO), General Norton Schwartz (President & CEO, Business Executives for National Security)

Moderator:  Mr. W.J. Hennigan (Los Angeles Times)

PANEL 4: National Defense Strategy: Will the strategy be driven by events or shape events in 2025?
The National Defense Strategy has changed significantly over the past few years. The panelists will discuss how the great recession, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, instability in the Middle East and an emerging China should shape future National Defense strategies.

Panelists: The Honorable J.D. Crouch (CEO, QinetiQ North America), Mr. Thomas Donnelly (Director, American Enterprise Institute), Ambassador Eric Edelman (Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy), Mr. William Lynn (CEO, Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies), The Honorable Jack Reed, U.S. Senator, Rhode Island

Moderator: Ms. Barbara Starr (Pentagon Correspondent, CNN)

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Keynote luncheon with General Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
PANEL 5: Counterterrorism in 2025: What kind of fighting force will be required?
Since 9/11 terrorism has dominated the national defense strategy, military force structure and military operations. Will a light footprint force be sufficient? What role will land forces play in the fight? The Panelists will discuss what they think will change in the next decade.

Panelists: Senator Carl Levin, Admiral William McRaven (Commander, US Special Operations Command), Congressman Mac Thornberry, Dr. Michael Vickers (Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence)

Moderator: Mr. Craig Whitlock (The Washington Post)

PANEL 6: Managing the Pentagon in war time and during sequestration: Are there lessons learned for reforming DoD?
After funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and then rebalancing the force to address emerging threats amidst budget cuts the Pentagon has been in a persistent churn for over a decade. The panelists will discuss what worked, what shouldn't be repeated, and opportunities for reforming the Pentagon.

Panelists: The Honorable Michele Flournoy (Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy), The Honorable Robert Hale (Undersecretary of Defense, Comptroller), General Michael Hostage (Commander, Air Combat Command), The Honorable John Lehman (former Secretary of the Navy), Senator Jeff Sessions (AL), The Honorable Dov Zakheim (Former Undersecretary of Defense)

Moderator: Mr. Thom Shanker (New York Times)

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
PANEL 7: Congress, Industry and the Pentagon: Assessing the Relationship
The success of our military relies on the cooperation between the Congress, the Pentagon, and Industry. This Panel will address the challenges and opportunities facing this relationship.

Panelists: The Honorable Kit Bond (Former U.S. Senator; Chairman, KBS Strategies), Ms. Linda Hudson (CEO, BAE Systems, Inc.), Senator James Inhofe, Mr. Sean O'Keefe (CEO, EADS North America), The Honorable Leon Panetta (Former United States Secretary of Defense), Congressman Adam Smith

Moderator: Mr. Mike Allen (Chief White House Correspondent, Politico)

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closing session with Secretary Chuck Hagel, US Secretary of Defense

The Reagan Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center and the Air Force One Pavilion. Located in Simi Valley, California, the Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 100,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It now also serves as the final resting place of America's 40th President.

Contact Information

  • Media wanting to cover this event must contact Melissa Giller no later than Friday, November 15th
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