Renamed Newport National Security Symposium moves to larger space to accommodate popular demand

Aug 2, 2022

3 head shots of men who are keynote speakersSponsorship opportunities still available for Aug. 19 event focused on power competition with China

NEWPORT, R.I. — Due to strong demand, the Naval War College Foundation has announced a venue change for the Newport National Security Symposium, formerly known as the Newport Summer Symposium.

The daylong symposium focused on China scheduled for Friday, Aug. 19, from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will now take place in Pringle Auditorium at the U.S. Naval War College, with a continental breakfast and luncheon at the Newport Officers’ Club. The move will accommodate a limited increase in the number of people who can attend the event titled, “China’s Growing Assertiveness: Assessing Integrated Deterrence Strategies and Challenges.” The event was originally scheduled to take place entirely at the Newport Officers’ Club. Shuttle transportation will be provided between the two locations.

In other developments, Brig Gen John “Chris” Inglis, USAF (Ret.), has just been added as an afternoon keynote speaker. He currently serves as the first Senate-confirmed National Cyber Director and advisor to President Joe Biden on cybersecurity.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and ADM Harry Harris, USN (Ret.), former ambassador to South Korea, are also scheduled to speak. 

Harris will give a morning talk about the role of alliances and diplomacy in responding to threats facing the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. Reed will deliver an afternoon address on the implications of competing with China on national security issues.

An updated agenda is now available on the NWCF website. The symposium will also feature three panels spanning topics from conventional arms race strategies to using soft power for economic deterrence to shifting priorities in cyber and technology domains. Panelists include top experts from the defense and intelligence communities and USNWC faculty members.

Sponsorships remain available and come with exclusive opportunities to meet with key speakers who help play important roles in shaping national security strategy. Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. 

More details about the Newport National Security Symposium can be found here

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