Annual Conference on Civil-Military Relations

May 3-4, 2024
US Army War College, Root Hall
Carlisle Barracks, PA

New Challenges for a New Era of Competition and Conflict

We aim to create a forum where scholars have an opportunity to present their latest academic work and military officers are able to develop policy-relevant solutions to the most pressing civil-military challenges today.

This year’s theme focuses on civil-military challenges in modern war. From advances in the space and cyber domains, to the advent of artificial intelligence, to new challenges in information, to domestic unrest and political violence, modern war will almost certainly involve new battlegrounds, faster decision-making, and more domestic instability. We sought papers that identify how new technologies, military doctrine, strategic competitors, domestic challenges, and other aspects of 21st century conflict affect strategy-making at the highest levels.

This year, we have created a conference program that appeals to both the policy practitioner and the researcher. Our public day, held on Friday, May 3, will be broadcast live and recorded. It features keynote addresses and plenary panels with some of the top thinkers in civil-military relations today. The morning will be led off with a fireside chat with Ambassador Douglas Lute (Lieutenant General, US Army, Retired) on the future of conflict in Europe. Plenary discussions will then cover a number of topics that policy-makers and military leaders need to consider when operating in a new environment. From recruiting difficulties to the changing relationship between industry and the military, to a contested information environment at home, modern war promises to present novel scenarios that will challenge our current understanding of the relationship between the military, society, and political leaders today. The day concludes with a keynote discussion with the Honorable Michèle Flournoy.

The second day of the conference will feature a keynote address by P.W. Singer on the future of war, and its implications for civil-military relations. Here, researchers and scholars have an opportunity to present and workshop their own research and new ideas in a more traditional academic conference setting. Paper and panel proposals were submitted and accepted in the fall.

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0830 – 0900: Opening Remarks

0900 – 1000: Keynote Address and Fireside Chat
LTG (Ret) Douglas Lute, keynote
Dr. Carrie A. Lee (US Army War College), moderator

1030 – 1200: Who Fights in Modern War?
Dr. Risa Brooks (Marquette University)
Dr. Meredith Kleykamp (University of Maryland)
Dr. Paul Scharre (Center for a New American Security)
COL Eric Reid (USMC), moderator

1330 – 1500: Industry, Technology, and Modern War
Dr. David Burbach (Naval War College)
Dr. Nora Bensahel (Johns Hopkins SAIS)
Dr. Douglas Winton (Eisenhower War College)
Prof Dakota Rudesill (Ohio State University), moderator

1530 – 1700: Modern War at Home
Dr. Lindsay Cohn (Naval War College)
Mr. Bishop Garrison (INSA)
Dr. Carrie Lee (US Army War College)
Dr. Heidi Urben (Georgetown University), moderator

1800: Dinner and Keynote Address
The Honorable Michèle Flournoy
Dr. Peter Feaver (Duke University), moderator

Information for Participants

Access to Carlisle Barracks
The conference will be held at the new Root Hall on Carlisle Barracks, located at 651 Wright Ave. In-person participants without a DOD ID card will need to gain access to post in advance of arrival.

Learn about accessing post:
Pre-Register to obtain a visitor’s pass here:

Lodging in Carlisle
We have reserved a block of hotel rooms for participants at the following hotels:

Homewood Suites Carlisle ($107/night)
50 Carlisle Springs Rd, Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 323-4800
Deadline to reserve: April 3, 2024

There are also a number of additional hotels in the local area with easy access to Carlisle Barracks, including:

Directions to Root Hall
When driving onto post, please DO NOT input the address of Root Hall into your GPS. If you do this, your maps app will tell you to turn onto the post without first going through the security gate, which will force a temporary shutdown of all gate activity. Instead, use the address 870 Jim Thorpe Road—this will take you to the main gate on Clairmont Rd. You can then either follow the signage on post to get to Root Hall or enter in our address at 651 Wright Ave.