Thomas Ricks, Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The balance between available resources and national security priorities has never been more delicate.  As political and military leadership grapple with difficult fiscal choices, it is clear that America’s armed forces will be smaller and leaner, while the need to rebalance and reform them for 21st century challenges is great. After more than a decade of war, what historic lessons should be considered as the Department of Defense reorients our priorities for the coming decades? How should the next generation of military leadership evolve to meet the global demands of U.S. power overseas?

Thomas RicksThomas Ricks is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, and a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Concurrently with his duties at CNAS, Ricks writes “The Best Defense" blog for, and serves as a contributing editor for Foreign Policy. He lectures widely to the military and is a member of Harvard University's Senior Advisory Council on the Project on U.S. Civil-Military Relations. He has reported on military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His book, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007.  

His latest book, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, will be available for purchase and signing following the program. 

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7:30 a.m.
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7:45 a.m.
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8:45 a.m.
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