Finding answers to society’s most complex issues requires collaboration, which is why I joined our partner New America in Washington, D.C., to co-host the fifth annual Future Security Forum , formerly known as the Future of War Conference. This daylong event convened representatives from academia, journalism, government, business and the military to delve into critical topics related to national defense and international security. The forum’s agenda included separate conversations on the roles that space, cyberwarfare and the U.S. armed forces, among others, will have in meeting forthcoming security and defense challenges.
In my opening remarks, I discussed the imperative need for new outcomes and the inability to generate new solutions from old mindsets and outmoded approaches. In order to tackle challenges of increasing frequency and complexity, all sectors have a responsibility to think in terms of design, purpose and continuous improvement. If we are to successfully navigate our aspirational future – for example, one where two global economic superpowers can coexist without military conflict – there must be a collective will to evolve new ideas and designs for organizations, policies and innovations.
Academia can play an important part in this process by facilitating constructive dialogues, collaborations and knowledge creation that supports solution-making. ASU is proud to help move this work forward, and I invite you to view the forum, including my remarks and my interview with the outgoing Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, Heather Wilson, for a look at some ways we are demonstrating leadership.