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Network Modernization Summit 2021

Network Modernization Policy and Practice

​According to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, “China has invested heavily in new technologies, with a stated intent to complete the modernization of its forces by 2035 and to field a ‘world-class military’ by 2049.” During this panel, we’ll hear from Defense policy leaders to answer questions such as: 

  • What should the United States’ strategy be for defense spending? Is spending more the only way to keep pace with China? 
  • What should be the timeline for U.S. action? Are we playing a long game with our strategy? 
  • How can we better collaborate with our allies and partners to bring light to China’s malicious cyber activities and practices? 
  • What must change in the acquisition process in order to keep pace with technological innovation? 
  • What role should climate change play in the National Defense strategy? 
  • And more…


Rep. Adam Smith, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Co-Founder, WestExec Advisors, Center for a New American Security

Michael Spirtas, Associate Director, Senior Political Scientist, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation

Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One