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Featured Speaker: CMSSF Roger Towberman

Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force Roger A. Towberman serves at the highest enlisted level of leadership, and as such, provides direction for the enlisted force and represents their interests, as appropriate, to the American public and to those in all levels of government. He acts as the personal adviser to the Chief of Space Operations and the Secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, proper utilization and development of the U.S. Space Force. Chief Towberman is the first chief master sergeant appointed to the highest noncommissioned officer position. Chief Towberman entered the Air Force in September 1990 and his career has included various duties as a ground and airborne cryptologic language and intelligence analyst. He entered the United States Space Force on April 3, 2020.

featured speaker: Dr. Kyleanne Hunter

Dr. Kyleanne Hunter, PhD, is a Marine Corps combat veteran with multiple combat deployments as an AH-1W “Super Cobra” attack pilot. She finished her active duty time in the Marine Corps’ Legislative Liaison Office in the House of Representatives. She is as Assistant Professor of Military and Strategic Studies at the United States Air Force Academy and the co-director of the Athena Leadership Project. Dr. Hunter’s research focuses on the intersection of social integration and military effectiveness, with a focus on gender and unconventional warfare. She was named as one of HilllVets 100 most influential veterans in 2018.

featured speaker: Brig. Gen (Ret.) David Stilwell

David R. Stilwell is the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on June 20, 2019, he served in the Air Force for 35 years, beginning as an enlisted Korean linguist in 1980, and retiring in 2015 in the rank of Brigadier General as the Asia advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Most recently, Mr. Stilwell served as the Director of the China Strategic Focus Group at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii 2017-2019 and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu from 2016-2019. He was awarded the Department of Defense Superior Service Award in 2015. He speaks Korean, Chinese and limited Japanese.

Featured speaker: Dr. tim winter

Dr. Tim Winter is an Australian Research Council Professorial Future Fellow, at the University of Western Australia, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His work addresses how the past comes to be constructed and reconstructed for public audiences and for diplomatic, geopolitical and nationalistic purposes. His present work explores current trends in cultural internationalism, as exemplified by China’s ‘revival’ of the Silk Roads for the twenty-first century, and the re-emergence of civilizational discourses via rising and middle powers across Eurasia.

featured speaker: Ms. Heidi grant

Ms. Heidi H. Grant, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), was appointed as the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in August 2020.  She is responsible for the administration and execution of all DoD security cooperation programs and activities involving the provision of defense articles, military training, and other defense-related services by grant, loan, cash sale, or lease.  Ms. Grant has oversight of over 15,000 foreign military sales cases with over 150 countries valued at $620 billion.  She is also responsible for the certification program for a workforce of over 20,000 military and civilian personnel.


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  • • The schedule will be posted on the website on or about 1 October 2021.
    • The kickoff session will begin at 0800 Hours (8 A.M. Central Standard Time CST) on 13 October 2021.
    • The Symposium will conclude at 1630 Hours (4:30 P.M. CST) on 15 October 2021.
  • Presentations will be due to AFCLC on 15 September 2021.
  • This is the Air University Non-Attribution Policy:
    All Symposium participants must adhere to academic freedom and non-attribution policies as described in Air University Instruction 36-2608, Academic Freedom. Presentations may include candid lectures and articles from senior U.S. Government leaders and the civilian sector. These presenters consent to distribute their presentations because they are assured their comments will be shared only among participants and faculty. Participants must respect and protect the confidentiality of all speakers’ presentations. Participants are not allowed to attribute any materials from the Symposium to persons other than the speaker / author without permission from that individual.
    Similarly, participants shall respect the contributions of other participants who participate in Symposium sessions.

    Below are some explanatory notes on AU’s academic freedom policy:
    1. Academic freedom allows students, guest speakers, contributing authors, and participants in established classes (and symposia) to state opinions openly and to support or challenge ideas without concern their remarks will be attributed to them.
    2. Non-attribution facilitates the free expression of opinions and ideas and allows for professional disagreements within the context of an academically stimulating environment. Essentially, non-attribution means not associating specific comments, ideas, opinions, or conversations with specific individuals.
    3. Although individuals may debate relevant issues, academic freedom must be tempered by good judgment to refrain from making offensive remarks, unfounded opinions, or irresponsible statements either verbally or in writing. Offensive remarks or irresponsible statements include comments disparaging any person’s race, color, national origin, ethnic group, religion, or sex. Offensive remarks or irresponsible statements – whether oral or written – will not be tolerated. Individuals who violate the academic freedom policy are subject to adverse administrative and/or disciplinary actions as described in AUI 36-2608, Academic Freedom.
  • 27 August 2021 is the deadline for proposal submissions (abstracts). You will be notified of the status of your proposal (accepted, denied, or resubmit with changes) by no later than 1 September 2021.
  • Yes. You must register to present at the symposium. We will contact you for virtual presentation protocol and expectations.
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