United States National Security Policy and Military Strategy: Understanding the Environment for Contemporary Warfare

15 September - 16 September 2010

Overton Hotel and Convention Center - Lubbock, Texas

The views and opinions expressed in these papers, presentations, and videos are strictly those of the presenters and authors and do not represent the Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, or the State of Texas.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Video

8:15 AM-8:30 AM. Opening Remarks: Ambassador Tibor Nagy, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Texas Tech University



    Video
    Part 1


    Part 2

    8:30 AM-10:00 AM. Session 1: An Assessment of Contemporary Warfare and US National Security and Military Policy

    Moderator: Colonel (Ret) Dave Lewis, Texas Tech University

    •   Dr. Scott Douglas, Professor, Strategy and Policy Department, Naval War College
    •   Dr. Carland Phillips, Professor of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University
    •   Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania  


    Video
    Part 1


    Part 2

    10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Session 2: Applying Quantitative Analytical Tools to Contemporary Military Challenges

    Moderator: Dr. David Lektzian, Department of Political Science, Texas Tech University



    Video

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM. Lunch

    •   Dr. Steven M. Presley, The Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. National Program for Countermeasures to Biological & Chemical Threats


    Video
    Part 1


    Part 2

    1:30 PM-3:00 PM. Session 3: Qualitative Assessments of Contemporary Warfare

    Moderator: Dr. Ron Milam, Department of History, Texas Tech University

    • "Colombia: Turning Defeat into Victory in Contemporary Warfare." Dr. Tom Marks, Professor of Insurgency, Terrorism, and Counterterrorism, College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University
    • "An Assessment of the War in Iraq." Dr. Dale Andrade, US Army Center of Military History
    • "An Assessment of the War in Afghanistan." Dr. Kalev Sepp, Naval Postgraduate School
    • "An Assessment of the Security Situation in Pakistan." Dr. David H. Gray, Associate Professor, Fayetteville State University  


    Video
    Part 1


    Part 2

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM. Session 4: Bridging the Gap between Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Understanding Contemporary Warfare

    Moderator: Dr. Dennis Patterson, Chair, Department of Political Science, Texas Tech University

    •   Dr. Thomas Lynch, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University  
    •   Curtis Johnson, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies
    •   Dr. Michael Mihalka, Professor of Political Science, School of Advanced Military Studies


    Video

    6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Banquet: Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant General David W. Barno, Center for a New American Security



      Thursday, September 16th, 2010

      Video

      8:20 AM-8:30 AM. Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University



        Video
        Part 1


        Part 2

        8:30 AM-10:00 AM. Session 5: Understanding the Environment for Contemporary Warfare: Looking through New Lenses

        Moderator: Dr. Laron Williams, Department of Political Science, Texas Tech University

        • "Developing New Lenses: Means and Will in War." Col. (Ret.) Dave Lewis, Texas Tech University
        • "Understanding How Non-State Actors Fight and Defeat Foreign States in War." Dr. Nori Katagiri, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies, Air War College  
        • "Understanding Strategic Communication as a Counterterrorist Tool." Dr. Larry A. Valero, Associate Professor of Security Studies, University of Texas at El Paso


        Video
        Part 1


        Part 2

        10:30 AM-12:00 AM. Session 6: International Law and Contemporary Warfare: Challenges and Precedents

        Moderator: Walt Huffman, Dean Emeritus, Texas Tech University Law School

        •   Professor Laurie Blank, Director, International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Emory University Law School  
        •   Professor W. Hays Parks, Law of War Chair, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Defense
        •   Professor Richard Rosen, Director, Military Law Center, Texas Tech University Law School


        Video

        12:00 PM-1:00 PM. Lunch: Dr. Stephen Maxner - The Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University

        • "The Vietnam Center and Archive." Dr. Stephen Maxner, Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University


        Video
        Part 1


        Part 2

        1:30 PM-3:00 PM. Session 7: Roundtable Discussion: Developing New Ideas and Strategies for Contemporary Warfare

        Moderator: Dr. Dennis Patterson, Chair, Department of Political Science, Texas Tech University