This Week in DC: Events

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Contract Spending and the Supporting Industrial Base
8:00AM – 9:30AM

The Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group is releasing a report on contracting by the Department of Homeland Security and on the industrial base that supports it. The report covers the years 2004 to 2011 and analyzes top-line DHS contract spending on products, services, and research and development as well as spending across six key components: the US Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Office of Procurement Operations. In addition, the brief analyzes trends in the types of contracts awarded, the funding mechanisms used, the level of competition, the top 20 contractors and the shares that small, medium, and large companies have accounted for in the homeland security market.

This session is on the record and will be webcast. Copies of the report will be made available at the event and will be posted online. A light breakfast will be served.

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Conditions for Progress: Strengthening America’s Health Care Ecosystem
8:00AM – 10:30 AM

Health care represents nearly 18 percent of the nation’s GDP, and produces significant macroeconomic drivers such as innovation, R&D, and millions of jobs over the long term. Such a significant part of our economy, not to mention our individual and collective health, must be understood in the context of an interconnected system facing significant challenges that are not limited to any one sector. Changes in policy in the coming years that impact one area in the health care ecosystem can have effects across the spectrum of care delivery, patient outcomes, and medical progress. Join National Journal for a discussion on the state of the health care ecosystem, the connections between the numerous issues that lie ahead, the consequences of policy and business decisions, and the innovative solutions that can help strengthen the ecosystem for the

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Yemen and the Fight Against a Resurgent al Qaeda
Brookings Institution
10:00 – 11:30 AM

Rife with political turmoil, Yemen has proven fertile ground for al Qaeda-linked groups in the post 9/11 era. Until the beginning of 2012, the United States cooperated with the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh, but his departure—orchestrated with U.S. support—raises questions for future counterterrorism cooperation. How much ground has al Qaeda gained in Yemen despite setbacks in Pakistan? Can the United States effectively manage events in Yemen without becoming entangled in another costly ground war?

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Wednesday, November 14

Impact of Sequestration to Federal R&D
American Association for the Advancement of Science

This Capitol Hill luncheon briefing, hosted by the AAAS Office of Government Relations in conjunction with the House Research & Development Caucus, reviews the potential budgetary impacts of sequestration on federal science agencies, and identify what these cuts might mean for researchers at the cutting edge.

Comprehensive Conflict Management in Euro-Atlantic Security
American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

The need for the so-called ‘Comprehensive Approach’ has been acknowledged by international actors such as the US and the EU. This approach aims at bridging institutional and policy gaps in international conflict management and at improving conflict management coherence.

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Cybersecurity Priorities: Looking Forward to the Upcoming Administration
Homeland Security Policy Institute

Join The George Washington University Cybersecurity Initiative on Wednesday, November 14th for an inaugural event featuring former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Mike Rogers, and Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management Michael McCaul. Through this event we aim to continue the dialogue on how best to address our nation’s cyber vulnerabilities and help to frame the cyber priorities for the next administration.

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Foreign Affairs Symposium
Institute of World Politics
4:00PM – 5:30PM

Topics include: the American Worldview; Geopolitics of the Moment; Russia, Central Europe, and the Intermarium; China and the U.S.


Thursday, November 15

The Role of Sport in Natural Disaster Recovery: The Case of Christchurch, New Zealand
Georgetown School of Foreign Service
12:00 – 1:30PM

Dr Thorpe will present findings from one of the first in-depth studies examining the role of sport and physical activity in the resilience and recovery of individuals and communities affected by a natural disaster. Drawing upon interviews conducted with ‘lifestyle sport’ participants living in Christchurch before, during and after the devastating February 2011 earthquake, and engaging Henri Lefebvre’s theory of rhythmanalysis, she describes the earthquake as an arrhythmic experience that prompted many to rethink the importance of sport and physical activity in their everyday lives, and for their connections to space, place, family and community.

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Ending the Communicable-Non Communicable Diseases Divide: Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Leveraging HIV Platforms to Address Women’s Cancers
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Dr. Oluwole, MD, MRCP, FRCP (Pediatrics), is the founding Executive Director of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Prior to assuming this role, she was the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Capacity Development at FHI360 and the Project Director for the Africa’s Health in 2010 project for six years. In that position, she managed a multi-million dollar project and empowered African institutions/governments to plan, manage and evaluate effective and tailored health programs, including maternal, newborn and child health, family planning, nutrition, infectious diseases, health systems strengthening and gender/gender-based violence.

Report Launch: A New US Defense Strategy for a New Era
National Press Club

Facing the fiscal crisis of the US and recognizing the changing international environment, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation & the Stimson Center convened 15 senior defense practitioners and observers in a Defense Advisory Committee. The committee reached a consensus on the defense strategy the US should pursue in the coming years. The committee also found that the strategy could be implemented even within current budget constraints. The strategy rests on the comparative strengths and weaknesses of the US military. The committee captured the basis of this strategy in 10 operating principles.

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Ramifications of cyber attacks for space and nuclear deterrence
Stimson Center

Deterrence of unwanted actions in space is linked to deterrence in the nuclear and cyber domains. Of the three, mechanisms for deterrence against nuclear attack are most highly developed. Space deterrence mechanisms are a work in progress. Of the three domains, restraints on cyber deterrence are weak. What are the ramifications of cyber attacks for space and nuclear deterrence?

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Friday, November 16

Debt and Defense
Center for Strategic and International Studies

The International Security Program invites you to an event on the defense implications of sequestration, the fiscal cliff, and a possible deficit-reduction compromise. What will this national debate mean for defense planning, force posture, civil-military relations, and inter-Service cooperation in the years ahead?

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