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April 7, 2017 -- While the nature of war is enduring, its character depends on the context within which wars occur.

The Army Strategy Conference 2017  will examine political, technological, and social trends of the emerging operating environment and consider the implications of these trends for the character of war, U.S. security policies and strategies, and the future of our Army.

The Army Strategy Conference for 2017 will take place on 26-27 April 2017.

Each event, listed below, will be streamed live:

ALL are welcome to participate remotely in the question-and-answer sessions for each event:  via Twitter #StratConf.

The Army War College student body will comprise the on-site audience.


The Character of War

Conference Question

How is the Character of War Changing?

What factors are driving changes in the Character of War? 

What are the implications for the Joint Force, security strategy, and foreign policy?



Day 1

Wed – 26 April

0830 - 0845

Welcome & Administrative Remarks

0845 - 0945

Event #1: Keynote

Keynote Speaker

Hew Strachan

Theme & Question


“What is ‘the character of war’?”

“Is the nature of war immutable and the character of war changing?”

0945 - 1000


1000 - 1130

Event #2: Technology

Panel Chair

Professor Howard C. Taylor (NSA visiting professor)

Theme & Question

Cyber, Space, Electronic Warfare, and Semi-Autonomous Systems:

“To what degree do advances in technology affect the character of war?”

- Deterrence:  “Do new technologies require a new approach to deterrence, as an element of the character of war?


Dr. Robert W. Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), RDECOM - TARDEC

Dr. Emily O. Goldman, Director, Combined Action Group, USCYBERCMD

BG Randolph Staudenraus, Commander, 175th Wing, Baltimore, MD

1130 - 1300

Lunch on your own

1300 – 1400

Event #3:  Keynote

“The Changing Character of War: Military Implications”


Keynote Speaker

LtGen Kenneth McKenzie –

Director, Strategy and Policy (DJ5), The Joint Staff - USMC

Theme & Question

Military Implications:  “What are the military implications of changes in the character of war?”

14:00 – 14:15


1415 - 1600

Event #4:  Seminar


Faculty Instructors

1800 – 2000

Dinner on your own