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McCain Conference Registration Information

April 20-21, 2017 Registration is open. Thanks for your interest.

Alumni Hall, second floor Bo Coppedge Room


2017 McCain Conference

“The Ethics of Future Conflict Scenarios” 

20-21 April 2017

US Naval Academy


Thursday, 20 April

0800-0840       Breakfast – Alumni Hall, Bo Coppedge Room

 0840-0845       Introduction of U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent

COL Art Athens, USMCR (ret.) Director, ­­Stockdale Center, US Naval Academy

 0845-0855       Welcoming remarks

VADM Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., USN – Superintendent, US Naval Academy

 0855-0900       Introduction of keynote speaker

COL Art Athens, USMCR (ret.) – Director, ­­Stockdale Center, US Naval Academy

 0900-1000       Keynote

GEN Paul Selva, USAF – 10th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

 1000-1015       Break

 1015-1115       Keynote

ADM James Stavridis, USN (ret.) – Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University

 1115-1130       Break

 1130-1230       Dr. George Friedman, founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures, former chairman of Stratfor and author of The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

 1230-1330       Lunch and keynote 

 Mr. Chris Kojm – professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University and former chairman of the National Intelligence Council

 1330-1345       Break

 1345-1445       Panel

  • Mr. Ben Wittes – senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and co-author The Future of Violence: Robots, Germs, Hackers and Drones
  • Dr. Andrew May – Associate Director, Office of Net Assessment, US Department of Defense

 1445-1500       Break

 1500-1600       Panel – non-US perspectives

  • Général Michel Yakovleff, French Army
  • CDR (ret.) Andrew Corbett, researcher at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London.

 1600-1615       Group photo – Alumni Hall, first floor stairs

 1630-1830       Reception – Visitor Center Observation Deck

Friday, 21 April

0800-0855       Breakfast – Alumni Hall, Bo Coppedge Room

 0855-0900       Welcoming remarks

COL Art Athens, USMCR (ret.) – Director, Stockdale Center, U.S. Naval Academy

 0900–1000      Panel – “soft war”     

  • Dr. Michael Gross – professor at The School of Political Science at The University of Haifa and co-author of the forthcoming Soft War: The Ethics of Unarmed Conflict
  • Dr. Jessica Wolfendale – associate professor of philosophy at West Virginia University and author of Torture and the Military Profession
  • Dr. Valerie Morkevicius – associate professor of political science at Colgate University and author of the forthcoming Realist Ethics: Just War Traditions as Power Politics

 1000-1015       Break

 1015-1115       Panel – territorial rights, space weaponization and environmental wars

  • Dr. David Lefkowitz – associate professor of philosophy at the University of Richmond and resident fellow at the Stockdale Center
  • Mr. David Koplow – professor at Georgetown Law and author of Death by Moderation: The U.S. Military's Quest for Useable Weapons
  • Dr. Adam Betz – resident fellow at the Stockdale Center

 1115-1130       Break

 1130–1230      Panel – hybridization, individualization and other topics

  • Ms. Rosa Brooks – professor at Georgetown Law, former counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon
  • Dr. David Luban – University Professor in Law and Philosophy at Georgetown Law, Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the Stockdale Center and author of Torture, Power, and Law
  • Mr. Mitt Regan – McDevitt Professor of Jurisprudence and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law Center and Senior Fellow at the Stockdale Center

 1230-1330       Lunch and keynote

Dr. P.W. Singer – strategist at New America and co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War

 1330-1345       Break

 1345-1445       Panel – cyber conflict, lethal autonomy and soldier enhancement

  • Dr. George Lucas – and author of Ethics and Cyber Warfare: The Quest for Responsible Security in the Age of Digital Warfare
  • Dr. Ryan Jenkins – assistant professor of philosophy and a senior fellow at the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University
  • Dr. Ed Barrett – research director at the Stockdale Center

 1445-1500       Break

 1500-1600       Panel – proxy wars, security contractors and military professionalism

  • Dr. Tony Pfaff – research professor for the Military Profession and Ethic at the UUS Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute
  • COL David Barnes – professor of philosophy at the US Military Academy
  • LT GEN Chris Miller, USAF (ret.) – Helen & Arthur Johnson Chair for the Study of the Profession of Arms at the US Air Force Academy and former USAF Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs




Registration is complimentary, and you will be our guest for meals on Thursday and Friday (excluding dinner on your own in town on Friday after the reception). Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Some options are linked directly below (blue text):

The Airport Shuttle


Lodging on Academy grounds

Call Wade or Kristy at 410-293-3906 or 410-293-4655.

Navy Lodge

adjacent to the Annapolis Naval Station, a short drive from the Academy

30 rooms available.

Call Liz or Mario at 410-757-7900.

Lowe's Annapolis Hotel

126 West Street


O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel

174 West Street, Annapolis

Tel 410-263-7700

Fax 410-990-9529

Country Inn and Suites

2600 Housely, Annapolis, a short drive from the Academy

Tel 888-201-1746, 410-571-6700

Fax 410-571-6777

Historic Inns of Annapolis

58 State Circle

Tel 410-263-2641

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Registration Form (by invitation only)

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