Week in DC: Events 1.18-1.22.2016

Monday, January 18, 2016
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Ballistic Missile Defense System Update Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 2-3pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
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Featuring:Vice Admiral James D. SyringDirector, U.S. Missile Defence Agency
Hosted by:Dr. Thomas KarakoSenior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS
This event is made possible by the generous support of the Boeing Company.

Defense-Industrial Policy Series: Acquisition For Special Operations Forces Atlantic Council
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (map)
Room: 12th Floor (West Tower)
Please join the Atlantic Council for an address and conversation with James F. Geurts, the Acquisition Executive for US Special Operations Command.
Mr. Geurts will discuss the challenge of planning and executing acquisitions to equip our forces’ most elite warriors.
Discussion topics will include:
• The unique role of US SOCOM in planning and acquisition management;
• How acquisition for special forces differs from and parallels the military departments; and
• The key technology and system priorities of US SOCOM heading into the FY17 budget and programs.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The Future Of U.S. Global Health Policy & Programs– Global Health Council
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: Kaiser Family Foundation1330 G St. NW, Washington, DC (map)
As the U.S. enters a Presidential election year and the larger global health and development landscape changes, U.S. global health programs face a key moment of transition. The prior decade saw unprecedented attention to and funding for global health by the U.S. government. Although funding has flattened in recent years, global health has generally enjoyed significant bipartisan support in Congress and the Administration, at a level not seen in most other non-entitlement or discretionary spending policy areas. But the future is less certain. Will bipartisan support for global health continue?  Will the next President and Congress prioritize global health?  Which issues will get the most attention, and what will happen to funding? How will a new President and Congress position the U.S. global health response within the larger global context that is now embarking upon implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and rethinking the role of development assistance? The Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a policy briefing to discuss these questions with a panel of leading experts on foreign policy and global health. Additionally, the event will feature the release of new poll findings on the American public’s views of global health, insights from interviews with opinion leaders in the field, an analysis of global health funding in the FY 2016 omnibus bill, and an analysis of key questions and issues ahead for U.S. global health policy. Panelists will include Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; Helene Gayle, CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative; Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center at CSIS; and Gov. Tommy Thompson, Former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Jen Kates, Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy, will moderate the panel discussion

Ensuring Deterrence Against Russia: The View From NATO States -James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Time: 12-2pm
Location: James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1225, Washington, DC, 20005 (map)
Russia’s military actions in 2014 and 2015, particularly in Crimea, Ukraine, and Syria, have upended expectations among NATO members about their security and the future course of NATO-Russian relations. In response, many of the NATO states bordering Russia have argued for reinvigorating NATO’s deterrent capabilities after two decades of drawing down conventional and nuclear forces in the immediate post-Cold War era. In response, researchers from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies traveled to the NATO front-line states of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Turkey to assess the perceptions of governmental and nongovernmental experts regarding how NATO should respond to Russian actions, with an emphasis on how nuclear issues should be addressed. The research was made possible by the financial support of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
The ISIS Threat To U.S. National Security: Policy ChoicesMiddle East Policy Council
Time: 9-11:30am
Location: Rayburn House Office Building – Gold Room
The Middle East Policy Council invites you and your colleagues to our 83rd Capitol Hill Conference. Live streaming of this event will begin at approximately 9:00 am Thursday, January 21st and conclude at 11:30. A questions and answers session will be held at the end of the proceedings. Refreshments will be served. Our panel will address the U.S. policy choices in countering ISIS, the changing role of Russia and our regional allies and the latest assessment of the various opposition groups in Syria. Please RSVP promptly for limited space.

Friday, January 22, 2016
Strategic Deterrent Forces: A Foundation For National Security– Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 10am-noon
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Keynote Speaker: 
Admiral Cecil Haney 
Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
And Discussion With:  
Hon. Franklin C. Miller 
Principal, The Scowcroft Group
Dr. Keith B. Payne 
President, National Institute for Public Policy
Dr. Thomas Karako 
Senior Fellow, CSIS International Security Program

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