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National Press Club to Host 'NEWSMAKER' Media Briefing: Leading Scholars and Security Practitioners Provides a Glimpse of Likely Security Threats and Conflict through the 2020's
Mar 17, 2010 (03:03 PM EDT)

WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Authors of a new study on the 21st Century security environment will highlight key ways to improve U.S. capabilities, Tuesday, March 23rd at 10 a.m., National Press Club (Zenger Room), 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

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  • Dr. Roy Godson – Professor Emeritus of Government, Georgetown University and President of the National Strategy Information Center (NSIC)
  • Dr. Richard Shultz – Director, International Security Studies Program, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and NSIC Research Director

Joining Godson and Schultz will be three members of NSIC's international practitioner working group who were consulted for the report:

  • Major General Jacob Amidror (Ret), Israel Former Commander, Israel Defense Forces Military College, and Military Secretary of the Minister of Defense
  • Gen. Lord Charles Guthrie (Ret), UK Chief of the UK Defense Staff, 1997–2001
  • Vikram Sood, Chief, Research and Analysis Wing (India's external intelligence service), 2001–2003

At Tuesday's Newsmaker event, authors of a new report Adapting America's Security Paradigm and Security Agenda, paint a picture of the first quarter of the 21st Century where "decentralized and irregular" conflicts with armed groups will pose a major and persistent threat.  A time when half of the world's population lives in weak or failed states that spawn these groups.

The security environment for the next quarter century will be vastly different from the 20th Century and where many of the solutions are "non-kinetic," requiring local intelligence gathering, rule of law teams, development and education programs to be integrated with military forces. The report also questions if the U.S. is ready to meet the new security challenge.  

SOURCE National Press Club