Past Events

Many DEF events are webcast live and available afterwards on ROA's YouTube Channel. Visit us often for our latest videos and recordings.

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21
Mar
DEF

More than "Monuments Men": Military Support to Governance in the 21st Century

  The movie "Monuments Men" reminds us of a time when specialized military units had a direct role in filling the gaps of governance in war-torn countries. A vital aspect of military service includes indirect tasks in supporting governance, not only in post-conflict situations but also for conflict prevention. This roundtable discussion will examine the role of military forces in helping to build and preserve peace, the need to provide governance and security at the national and local levels, and the capabilities of interagency, intergovernmental, and non-governmental civil society organizatio...
14
Mar
DEF

QDR 2014: Balancing Strategy & Austerity

  On the heels of the release of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review and the President's FY15 budget proposal, the defense community finds itself preparing for major changes. In describing the QDR, Secretary Hagel said the strategy represents "the tough choices we are making in a period of fiscal austerity." Those tough choices are detailed through reductions to force structure and unnecessary overhead, investing in readiness and reforming military compensation.  On March 14, The Reserve Officers Association and the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute will convene a panel of ex...
03 - 05
Mar

National Council Meeting

  Advisory to National Council Attendees Due to the impending winter storm due to hit DC and surrounding areas on March 3 between 6am-5pm all events for the National Council meeting scheduled for March 3 at the Minuteman Building have been cancelled. UPDATE: The National Council agenda will resume on Tuesday March 4 with a delayed start time of 10:00 am. The ROA STARS Foundation Gala is on as scheduled.   ROA's 2014 National Council Meeting is your chance to take an active role in the direction of your association. Whether you're a lifetime member or a recently joined NCO, the National Co...
05
Mar
DEF

Modernizing Healthcare: Private Sector, DoD and VA Innovations in Action

  Healthcare in the military and civilian world is a dynamic field that is in a constant state of change. Given the unique environments of military medicine and civilian healthcare, these changes can often occur in disparate ways, contributing to gaps in service. The constant between the fields is the patient. The life cycle of care for any given service member will take them through three distinct systems: private sector care, DoD and the VA. Now more than ever, innovations across the spectrum of these three fields are being shared, learned from and incorporated, helping to bridge the gaps in...
19
Feb

The Gulf States and the Contest for the Middle East

Sponsored by the Reserve Officers Association and the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Program on National Security and Program on the Middle East In the latest chapter in festering geopolitical competition over dominance in the Persian/Arabian Gulf, the proxy war in Syria between Iran and the Gulf States has garnered world-wide attention. A panel discussion made up of regional experts and international relations scholars will explore the dangerous regional balance of power and examine courses of action. Featuring: Amin Tarzi, Director of Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps Unive...
06 - 08
Feb

CIOR/CIOMR Winter Meeting

The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers, commonly referred to by its French acronym CIOR, represents the interests of over 1.3 million reservists across 36 participating nations within and beyond NATO, making it the world’s largest military reserve officer organization. Founded in 1948 by the reserve officer associations of Belgium, France and the Netherlands, CIOR is now a NATO-affiliated, non-political and non-profit umbrella organization of member nations’ national reserve officer associations. The CIOR meets twice a year – in the summer and winter – and they work through commit...
06
Feb
DEF

American Security and the Iranian Bomb: Analyzing Threats at Home and Abroad

The panel will discuss implications for American security—at home and abroad—following the recent nuclear agreement with Iran. Participants will provide a candid assessment of the agreement, its consequences, and the urgent threats Iran poses to America. Featuring: Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney EMPact America Chairman Henry Schwartz Concerned Veterans of America CEO Pete Hegseth   Can't make it?  Watch the Live Webcast
05
Feb
DEF

Junior Officer Perspectives on National Security

A boots on the ground perspective on pressing national security issues; this program will offer the views of junior officers on a variety of key topics related to the military and national security. Featuring Benjamin Luxenberg, Andrew Tuttle, Joe Tate and  moderated by  Army Special Operations Officer, Michael Waltz. Topics will include the effect of budget cuts on ops, training, equipment; leadership in the military; compensation and retirement issues; sexual assault and women in the military; why they joined/why they left; and views on macro world issues of the day. Michael Waltz, the moder...
05
Dec
DEF

Supporting Employers in the Era of an Operational Reserve Force

For more than a decade, Reserve Component members have been an integral part of the operational force in Iraq and Afghanistan; reflecting a new era in force management. With their increased utilization, often for extended periods, one must also keep in mind that these forces are citizen-soldiers. The vast majority are employed in civilian jobs in addition to their military service. Their mobilization raises various questions that must be dealt with by the service member and their employer. Hardships can occur for both. This program will explore the relationship between their civilian employer...
21
Nov
DEF

The all-volunteer force: Is it working, and will it work in the future?

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the All-Volunteer Force. It has had a profound effect on our national security, budgets, and social fabric. Despite twelve years of war, very few citizens have served in the military and only one percent are currently serving. We now have two generations of Americans who have not been required to serve in defense of the nation. This may raise questions about fairness, efficiency, and sustainability. A panel of military experts will discuss questions facing our military in the coming decades stemming from the All-Volunteer Force – and potential solutions...

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