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SPIA National Security Executive Leadership Program - NOVEMBER 1-5, 2021- Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center - Arlington, VA
SPIA National Security Executive Leadership Program - NOVEMBER 1-5, 2021- Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center - Arlington, VA
SPIA National Security Executive Leadership Program - NOVEMBER 1-5, 2021- Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center - Arlington, VA
AGENDA

Download the Program Agenda at a glance: SPIA-week-at-glance2021.pdf (updated 10/13)

Download the Full Program Agenda: SPIA-FullProgram2021.pdf (updated 10/13)

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Agenda

Monday, November 1
9:00-9:45 am "Welcoming Remarks and Introduction to the Program"
Dr. Mehrzad Boroujerdi
Director of the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech
10:00-1:00 pm "Introduction to National Security and Grand Strategy"
Dr. Sonya Finley
Professor of Strategy, National War College; and Retired U.S. Army Colonel
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:15 pm "The National Security Framework"
Dr. Patrick Roberts
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech
3:30-5:00 pm "National Security Research at Virginia Tech"
Dr. Laura Freeman
Director of Hume Center’s Intelligent Systems Lab, and Associate Professor of Research, Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech
Tuesday, November 2
9:00-10:00 am Ridenour Faculty Fellowship "Distinguished Keynote and Speaker, National Security Leadership"
Sean O’Keefe
Former U.S. Secretary of the Navy; Former Administrator of NASA; CEO of EADS North America / Airbus Group North American; and University Professor and the Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership, Syracuse University
10:00-12:00 pm "Legal Foundations of National Security"
Dr. Heather Trew
Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00-2:45 pm "Health Security and Bio-Terrorism"
Dr. Ryan Burnette
Vice President, Life Sciences at Merrick and Company
3:00-5:00 pm "Climate Change Presents a National Security Threat to Emerging Economies"
Ambassador Joel Danies
Former U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe
Wednesday, November 3
9:00-10:45 am "Thinking Theoretically about National Security"
Dr. Mehrzad Boroujerdi
Director of the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech
11:00-1:00 pm "Resourcing National Security: Budget and Appropriations Process"
Todd Harrison
Director, Defense Budget Analysis, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-3:15 pm "Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence"
Dr. Margarita Konaev
Research Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University
3:30-5:00 pm "Congress, Lobbying, and National Security"
Congressman Jim Moran
Former United States Representative, 8th District of Virginia
Thursday, November 4
9:00-10:45 am "Drones and National Security: Policy Issues"
Dr. Jonathan Black
Professor of Aerospace & Ocean Engineering, and Director of the Aerospace and Ocean Systems Laboratory of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology, Virginia Tech
11:00-1:00 pm "Order and Disorder in the Middle East"
Dr. Ariel Ahram
Professor of Government and International Affairs, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-3:45 pm "Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology"
Dr. Sezaneh Seymour
Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology on the National Security Council
4:00-5:00 pm "Simulation Preview"
Dr. Ed McGrady
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program at Center for a New American Security; Principal, MonksHood Media LLC
Friday, November 5
9:00-12:00 pm "National Security Cyber Simulation" sponsored by the Ridenour Faculty Fellowship
Dr. Ed McGrady
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program at Center for a New American Security; Principal, MonksHood Media LLC
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3:30 pm "Simulation, continued"
Dr. Ed McGrady
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program at Center for a New American Security; Principal, MonksHood Media LLC
3:45-4:30 pm "Course Wrap Up"
Dr. Mehrzad Boroujerdi
Director, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech

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