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Maj. Gen. Barry R. Cornish

Maj. Gen. Barry R. Cornish is the Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan; Commander, NATO Air Command-Afghanistan; Director, AFCENT's Air Component Coordination Element for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and support of NATO's Operation Resolute Support; and Deputy Commander-Air for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. He is responsible for the integration of air and space power in support of NATO’s Resolute Support mission. General Cornish oversees two air expeditionary wings, two air expeditionary groups, two aerial ports of debarkation, and is responsible for supporting and coordinating development of the Afghan Air Force.


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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. Maj Gen Grynkewich received his commission in 1993 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served as an instructor pilot, weapons officer, and operational test pilot in the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-22 Raptor.


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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. Dr. Rush has a BA from Indiana University Bloomington, an MA and PhD from Northwestern University, and is a Fellow of the National Science Foundation and of the American Academy in Rome. Her research specialty is Native Americans of northeastern North America, and she serves as Native American Affairs Liaison for the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum.

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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. The United States of War is the third in a trilogy of books about war and peace.The other books in the trilogy are Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press, 2009) and Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (Metropolitan/Henry Holt, 2015).



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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.