ANN: US Naval History Conference: “Military and Politics: Proper Participation or Perilous Partisanship?”

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DATE: October 5, 2017
TIME: 8:55 AM - 3:15 PM (est)
LOCATION: Alumni Hall, U.S. Naval Academy 675 Decatur Rd Annapolis, Maryland 21402 USA
CONTACT: Kate Newmeyer <>
COST:The event is open to the public and free to attend. 


8:55 – 9:05                                                              Welcome Remarks
VADM Walter E. Carter Jr., USN, Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy

VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.), CEO, U.S. Naval Institute

9:05 – 9:45                                                              Morning Keynote

 ADM Michael G. Mullen, USN (Ret.), former Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Confirmed)


9:45 – 10:00                                                                   Break         


10:00 – 11:30                          Panel: Into the Political Arena: How Should Senior Officers Engage?

Moderator: Mr. Robert Woodward, Associate Editor, The Washington Post and best-selling author (Confirmed)

  • Gen John Allen, USMC (Ret.), former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (2014-2015) and former Commander, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (2011-2013) (Invited)
  • VADM Robert Harward, USN (Ret.), former Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command (2011-2013) (Confirmed)
  • GEN Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), former Secretary of State (2001-2005) and former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993) (Confirmed)


11:30 – 12:00                                                                   Break


12:00 – 1:20                                                                Lunch Keynote

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman, Senate Committee on Armed Services, and Member, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Invited)


1:20 – 1:30                                                                       Break


1:30 – 3:00                                    Panel: Politicization of the Military: Where Do We Draw the Line?

Moderator:  Brendan J. Doherty, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, U.S. Naval Academy (Confirmed)

  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Member, House Committee on Armed Services; Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs and serves in the Hawaii Army National Guard (2004-Present) (Invited)
  • Mr. Jason Kander, President, Let America Vote; former Secretary of State of Missouri (2013-2017); former Captain, Missouri Army National Guard (2004-2011)  (Invited)
  • COL Richard Swain, USA (Ret.) Former Faculty, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
  • Secretary Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior and former Representative (R-MT) and former U.S. Navy SEAL (Invited)


3:00 – 3:15                                                                Closing Remarks

VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.), CEO, U.S. Naval Institute