AUSA's Thought Leaders Webinar series focuses on senior military leaders and contemporary military authors to educate the public on critical issues affecting the United States Army, land forces and strategy.

Please join us on Wednesday, 23 June 2021 at 1400 to hear a panel discussion on the Army’s Role in the Pacific.

Wed, Jun 23, 2021 · 1:55 PM EDT
Admiral Scott Swift, U.S. Navy Retired
Adm. Swift served in the U.S. Navy for more than 40 years, rising from his commission
through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate program to become a Navy light attack and
strike fighter pilot. He commanded at all levels including F/A-18 weapons school, aircraft carrier-based squadrons, Carrier Air Wing, Carrier Strike Group and the U.S. Seventh Fleet forward deployed to Japan, finally completing his uniformed career as the 35th Commander of
U.S. Pacific Fleet in 2018. During his years of service, he participated in combat Operations Praying Mantis, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and received a master’s degree from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and the U.S. Naval War College. As founder of The Swift Group LLC, previous MIT Center for International Studies Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow, MIT Research Affiliate, Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis, Adjunct Professor at the Naval War College,
US Naval Institute Board Member and Spirit of America Advisory Board Member, Admiral Swift continues to explore opportunities to serve where his interests, abilities, experience and national need align.
Dr. Loren B. Thompson
DR. Loren B. Thompson is Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit Lexington Institute and Chief Executive Officer of Source Associates, a for-profit consultancy. Prior to holding his present positions, he was Deputy Director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and taught graduate-level courses in strategy, technology and media affairs at Georgetown. He has also taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Thompson holds doctoral and master’s degrees in government from Georgetown University and a bachelor of science degree in political science from Northeastern University. He was born in 1951 and currently resides in McLean, Virginia and Plymouth, Massachusetts with his wife Carla and two children — Matthew and Ariel, twins born in 1997.
Dr. Tom Karako
Senior Fellow International Security Program and the Director of the Missile Defense Project Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Dr. Thomas Karako is a senior fellow with the International Security Program and the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he arrived in 2014. His research focuses on national security, missile defense, nuclear deterrence, and public law. For 2010–2011, he was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working with the professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee and the Strategic Forces Subcommittee on U.S. strategic forces policy, nonproliferation, and NATO. Karako is also a fellow with the Institute for Politics and Strategy of Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and his B.A. from the University of Dallas.
General (Retired) Bob Brown
General Brown is an experienced leader, culminating over 38 years of service as Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific, the Army’s largest Service Component Command, responsible for 106,000 Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians across the Indo-Pacific Region.

General Brown is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant. His assignments took him across the globe including deployments in support of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Other senior level commands include the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia.

Known as an innovator, team builder, and leader developer, General Brown was involved in significant change within the Army. He was a key leader in the development of the modular brigade and Stryker Brigade Combat Team; the improvement of the Army’s educational system through the development of Army University; the writing of the Army’s first Leader Development Doctrine in Field Manual 6-22; the Army Human Dimension Strategy and the future Army warfighting concept of Multi-Domain Operations.

He also served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Army Europe; Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the 25th Infantry Division; Commander, 1st Brigade (Stryker) 25th Infantry Division; Commander, 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division; the Joint Staff, J-8; Army Staff, Strategy and War Plans Division G3/5/7 in the Pentagon; Aide-de-Camp, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; Executive Officer to Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command; Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, Center for Enhanced Performance, USMA, West Point and Infantry Assignment Officer, HRC.

General Brown holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Education from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies (Distinguished Graduate) from National Defense University. He was a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Association of the United States Army before becoming Executive Vice President in January 2021.

He and his wife, Patti, have three daughters, and five grandchildren.
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