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Dearth of Water, Death of Nations

with

Brigadier General (Ret)  Joseph L. Shaefer

The Ramada, 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We’ve all heard “water is essential to all life” for so long that it has begun to lose its power.  It should not be taken for granted, however — water is life.

In this discussion we’ll cover some of the follies and stupidities in water use; refresh our knowledge of how nature provides fresh potable water and how man has tried to shorten, or short-circuit, the process via desalination and other means; and delve into a few water conservation myths and realities. We will also determine, geopolitically, which nations have the water and which don’t, as well as who can afford to make or import it and those who can’t.

Finally, we’ll discuss the geopolitical and national security implications of water, including looking at the major conflicts today over access to water (think dams and river diversions in Africa and Asia). Much killing and dying has occurred over the centuries for gold or oil or worldly power.  Imagine what might take place over man’s most essential basic substance to sustain life.

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Achieving World Food Security

Why We Continue to Fail

And What It Means for Our National Security

with

Avram “Buzz” Guroff

Former Senior Executive, the US Department of Agriculture

The Ramada, 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In a world of some 7.3 billion people, over 842 million do not have enough to eat, with the vast majority living in developing countries. Poor nutrition causes nearly half the deaths of children under five—3.1 million each year! One of every 6 children is underweight; one in 4 of the world’s children is stunted.

In countries facing the worst food conditions, most are prone to civil disorder, large displaced populations, widespread poverty, and may also suffer more from natural disasters. Given that the global population is projected to reach 9.1 billion by 2050, with nearly all of the population increase occurring in developing countries, food production will need to increase by 50%! Is there enough land, water and genetic diversity to meet the need? Is the political will there to deal with the challenge?

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Dropping the Atomic Bombs:

Seventy Years of Historic Controversy

with

Professor Neal Ferguson

The Ramada, 9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 13, 2015

World War II in the Pacific ended with the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945, weeks after the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (Aug 6) and Nagasaki (Aug 9). But the Emperor and the Japanese leadership resisted surrendering; instead, preparing to defeat an anticipated allied invasion of the islands. But the lack of oil, a tired and defeated military, and perhaps most importantly, the prospect of Soviet forces taking the islands, persuaded Emperor Hirohito and the cabinet to accept the terms of surrender.

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CYBER-WARFARE

with

Major Jerry Morris

Professor of Military Science, UNR

The Ramada, 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cyber-warfare, internet-based conflict involving politically motivated attacks on information systems, is growing exponentially.  A series of alarming data breaches over the last two years conducted by non-state as well as state actors have raised doubts regarding our government’s competence with respect to cyber-attacks.  Hackers linked to China recently gained access to sensitive background information on intelligence and military personnel, as well as having infiltrated U.S. private sector companies’ sensitive information.  Internet intruders operating from Russia as well as China have also stolen sensitive data, including hacking into White House computer systems.  Some believe the United States is highly vulnerable to cyber-war, and not very good about defending against it.

MorrisWe have invited local cyber expert, Major Jerry Morris, to discuss the sources of recent cyber-attacks against U.S. government and military data banks, as well as those of large corporations.  He will look at the economic and financial impact of cyber-warfare, as well as the potential for severe infrastructure damage and confusion.  MAJ Morris will also discuss kinetic or electronic retaliation, as well as the international laws of war and rules of engagement in this new field of combat.

MAJ Morris is an Armor Officer with over 20 years of combined active duty service, including 10 enlisted before being commissioned into the Nevada Army National Guard.  He has deployed to the war zones, including service in Afghanistan.  He has BS degrees in both business and mechanical engineering, with an MBA in Finance and is pursuing a PhD in Computer Information Security.   We will also invite comments and observations from other cyber experts attending.  This should be a very timely and most interesting session!

Please join us for what will be a very interesting discussion. A full breakfast will be served ($15 Members, $25 Non-Members, and $10 for students with ID and military personnel in uniform; free for WWII veterans). We recommend that you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy breakfast, coffee and conversation.

You are encouraged to RSVP by clicking HERE. You may also RSVP by e-mailing info@nationalsecurityforum.org. Just a reminder, after the forum, we will be accepting new and renewal membership applications for the July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 period. Forms will be available at the forum, though you can also access the application form by clicking HERE. For your convenience, we accept cash, check and credit card payments for both the breakfast and membership.

Save the date for this upcoming forum…

CYBER-WARFARE

with

Major Jerry Morris

Professor of Military Science, UNR

The Ramada, 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cyber-warfare, internet-based conflict involving politically motivated attacks on information systems, is growing exponentially.  A series of alarming data breaches over the last two years conducted by non-state as well as state actors have raised doubts regarding our government’s competence with respect to cyber attacks.  Hackers linked to China recently gained access to sensitive background information on intelligence and military personnel, as well as having infiltrated U.S. private sector companies’ sensitive information.  Internet intruders operating from Russia as well as China have also stolen sensitive data, including hacking into White House computer systems.  Some believe the United States is highly vulnerable to cyber-war, and not very good about defending against it.

We have invited local cyber expert, Major Jerry Morris, to discuss the sources of recent cyber attacks against U.S. government and military data banks, as well as those of large corporations.  He will look at the economic and financial impact of cyber-warfare, as well as the potential for severe infrastructure damage and confusion.  Morris will also discuss kinetic or electronic retaliation, and the international laws of war and rules of engagement in this new field of combat.

No need to RSVP now, but please mark this unique and exciting event on your calendars.

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THE OBAMA DOCTRINE:

JUST WHAT DOES THE “LIGHT FOOTPRINT” REALLY MEAN?

with

Dr. Kiron Skinner

The Ramada, Wednesday, June 10, 9:00 a.m.

The conflicts in the Middle East continue to escalate and critics charge that the Obama administration has neither the passion nor the commitment to counter our adversaries, nor does it seem to have a real strategy for doing so. Dr. Kiron Skinner echoes those criticisms, arguing that “Current US behavior in the Middle East is driven by a desire to end wars, not win wars.” She says that the administration has also failed to forthrightly define the problem, saying that “Until the White House admits that radical Islam is the central terror threat, there can be no grand strategy”

Skinner has been a persistent critic of the Obama Administration’s policies in combating terrorism and the growing threat represented by ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Mid East. She charges that the Administration is facing challenges for which it does not have “the capabilities and capacities” required to engage and defeat our enemies in the region. As she concludes, “War without strategy and resources is fraught with danger”.

Kiron Skinner

Dr. Skinner graduated from Spelman College, and received MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University. She is an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. She has served as a foreign policy advisor for both the George Bush and Mitt Romney campaigns. She has written for Foreign Policy, CNN.com, the National Review, and is the co-editor of two books on Ronald Reagan. She is currently drafting a book on U.S. policy in the troublesome Mideast region.

Please join us for what will be a very interesting discussion. A full breakfast will be served ($15 Members, $25 Non-Members, and $10 for students with ID and military personnel in uniform; free for WWII veterans). We recommend that you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy breakfast, coffee and conversation.

You are encouraged to RSVP by clicking HERE. You may also RSVP by e-mailing info@nationalsecurityforum.org. Just a reminder, after the forum, we will be accepting new and renewal membership applications for the July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 period. Forms will be available at the forum, though you can also access the application form by clicking HERE. For your convenience, we accept cash, check and credit card payments for both the breakfast and membership

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Viet-Nam From the Trenches

with

Lt. General Martin Brandtner (USMC/Ret)

The Ramada, Wednesday, May 27, 9:00 a.m.

Then Captain Marty Brandtner won two Navy Crosses for his heroism during fierce encounters with North Vietnamese forces in the fall of 1968. While serving as company commander, he was wounded in action several times.  The initial conflict occurred when Brandtner’s lead platoon on a recon mission triggered an ambush by NVA troops, combat so close that it turned into a short-range grenade duel. Captain Brandtner on multiple occasions picked up NVA grenades and hurled them back at the enemy; once he threw two of his men to the ground and placed himself on top of them to protect the Marines from more grenades—in so doing he was wounded multiple times. Brandtner ignored his wounds and led a counter-charge against the NVA forces.

The enemy melted away but just eight days later Brandtner’s company was hit by NVA mortar, machine gun and rocket fire, but the Marine Captain led a fierce counter-attack that drove the enemy from its entrenched positions. The two actions resulted in Brandtner being awarded two Navy Crosses (just below the Medal of Honor—one of only two Marines to win the Navy Cross twice in Viet-Nam)!

Brandtner later served with a Marine Amphibious Force, as an Assistant Division Commander, as CG of the 10th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and as Special Assistant to Undersecretary of Defense Fred Ikle.  Brandtner last served as the J3 (Director of Operations) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a position he held during Operation Desert Storm.

Join us for this post-Memorial Day conversation with Lt. General Brandtner, conducted by KNPB’s Brent Boynton. While the focus will be on his Viet-Nam experiences, the discussion will also cover the General’s later assignments, including as the Director of Operations in the JCS during the first invasion of Iraq.

Please join us for what will be a very interesting discussion. A full breakfast will be served ($15 Members, $25 Non-Members, and $10 for students with ID and military personnel in uniform; free for WWII veterans). We recommend that you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy breakfast, coffee and conversation.

You are encouraged to RSVP by clicking HERE. You may also RSVP by e-mailing info@nationalsecurityforum.org. Just a reminder, after the forum, we will be accepting new and renewal membership applications for the July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 period. Forms will be available at the forum, though you can also access the application form by clicking HERE. For your convenience, we accept cash, check and credit card payments for both the breakfast and membership