Barbara M. Barrett

Barbara M. Barrett is the 25th Secretary of the Air Force and leads the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. She is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of 685,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families.

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Lt. Gen. James B. Hecker

Lt. Gen. James B. Hecker is Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He provides full-spectrum education, research and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education and academic degree granting.He leads the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force.

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Gen. Stephen W. Wilson

Gen. Stephen W. “Seve” Wilson is Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va. As Vice Chief, he presides over the Air Staff and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group.

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Russell J. Frasz

Russell J. Frasz, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director, Force Development, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. He oversees the development of strategies, policies and systems to foster continued development of more than 660,000 military and civilian personnel.

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Lt. Gen. Gregory M. Guillot

Lt. Gen. Gregory M. Guillot is Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Southwest Asia. As the Air Component Commander for U.S. Central Command, the general is responsible for developing contingency plans and conducting air operations in a 20-nation area of responsibility covering Central and Southwest Asia.

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Maj. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich

Maj. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich is the Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command. In this role, he is responsible for developing contingency plans and assisting the commander in overseeing joint operations across a 20-nation area of responsibility covering Central and Southwest Asia.

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Dr. David Vine

Dr. David Vine is Professor of political anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. Vine's newest book, The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State (University of California Press), will be released October 13. 

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Lt. Gen. Kirk W. Smith

Lt. Gen. Kirk Smith is the Deputy Commander, United States Africa Command. He is responsible to the Commander to help direct and enable operations, activities, and investments for the command as it promotes US national security interests in the 11.2 million square mile USAFRICOM area of responsibility, consisting of 53 African countries.

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Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski

Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski is the Vice Commander, Fifth Air Force, and Director, Joint Air Component Coordination Element-Japan, Yokota Air Base, Japan. Fifth Air Force conducts joint and bilateral planning and engagements to defend Japan and respond to regional contingencies.

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Dr. Laurie Rush

Dr. Laurie Rush is an Anthropologist and Archaeologist who has served as a US Army civilian for twenty years managing Cultural Resources at Fort Drum, NY. She and her team are responsible for identifying and protecting all of the important archaeological sites on Fort Drum, and they manage the LeRay Mansion Historic District. 

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Maj. Gen. Barry R. Cornish

Maj. Gen. Barry R. Cornish is the Commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. As the Air Force component to U.S. Southern Command, Air Forces Southern conducts security cooperation and provides air, space, and cyberspace capabilities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Yes. You must register to present at the Symposium.

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.

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.

Much more information can be found here: 

  • You can register at any time -- however, you must be registered to sign up for individual presentations online (breakout sessions). 
  • The featured speaker's sessions will be open to anyone. We will open sign-ups for individual breakout sessions on or about Sep. 1, 2020 via our website.
  • The schedule will be posted on the website on our about Sept. 1, 2020. 
  • The kickoff session will begin at 0800 Hours (8 A.M. Central Standard Time CST ) on Oct. 14, 2020.
  • The Symposium will conclude at 1330 Hours (1:30 P.M. CST) on October 16th, 2020.

July 15, 2020 is the deadline for proposal submissions (abstracts). You will be notified of the status of your proposal (accepted or denied) no later than August 4, 2020.

There is no uniform of the day specified, however; most presenters choose to be in service dress or business formal for civilians, but that is optional.