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Theodore Roosevelt’s Statecraft - The Cornerstone of American National Security

Symposium co-hosted by The National War College

The 2020 TRA Annual Meeting, Symposium and Gala Cocktail Reception will be held in Washington, DC at Theodore Roosevelt Hall in the National War College (NWC) on Fort Leslie J. McNair and at the Washington Navy Yard on October 23-24, 2020.


Theodore Roosevelt Laying the Cornerstone at Roosevelt Hall at the National War College

At the Gala Reception our TRA Medal of Honor Awardee and Keynote speaker will be: the Honorable James N. Mattis. General Mattis is a former United States Secretary of Defense; NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation; and Commander of U.S. Central Command. He is one of America’s leading strategists and himself a graduate of the National War College. In addition to a private viewing of the U.S. Naval Museum’s exhibits, attendees will enjoy cocktails and substantial hors d'oeuvres. The annual USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) Junior Officer of the Year Award will be presented.

The two-day, expanded Symposium promises to be a next-level experience!

Speakers will delve into the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt on all aspects of statecraft: diplomacy, intelligence, and military. The TRA and the NWC are bringing together an unprecedented array of scholars. Those in attendance will share in the same level of academic scholarship that is being provided to the future leaders of the Armed Forces, Department of State, and other civilian agencies at the NWC. The National War College has members from all military services and civilians from: Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Department of State, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Office, Agency for International Development, Department of Homeland Defense, Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. It provides for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities by conducting a senior-level course of study in national security strategy.
Arnold Auditorium in Theodore Roosevelt Hall

Arnold Auditorium in Theodore Roosevelt Hall

At the Symposium:

  • Dr. Jerry Hendrix will present on Theodore Roosevelt and the Unbalanced Fleet. Dr. Hendrix is a Vice President at Telemus Group and is a retired Naval Officer with experience in strategy, force structure planning, carrier strike group operations, and anti-submarine warfare.
  • A panel on Post-Career Senior Military Officers and the Making of National Security Policy will feature moderator David Ignatius (Washington, DC Foreign Affairs Columnist), ADM Dennis Blair (former U.S. Director of National Intelligence), Peter D. Feaver (Professor at Duke University), Michèle Flournoy (Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors), and ADM Michael Mullen (17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff).
  • Prof. James Holmes of the Naval War College will present on The Roosevelt Corollary in 2020.
  • A NWC Student Panel will consist of presentations by students in the National War College’s program on Theodore Roosevelt as a Strategic Leader. The papers have been selected by a panel of judges after rigorous competition.
  • A panel on How National Security Strategy is Developed and Implemented by NWC professors Dr. Richard Hooker and Dr. Frank Hoffman who will walk attendees through the diplomatic process.
  • Over lunch there will be a presentation on Theodore Roosevelt, the Making of the Modern Military, and the Destiny of a Nation by 2019 TRA Book Award recipient Professor Matthew Oyos.
  • There will be remarks by Commandant of the National War College, RDML Cedric E. Pringle and Congressman French Hill (R-AK).

Evening Reception in the Rotunda of Historic Roosevelt Hall at the National War College

Join with Theodore Roosevelt Association members, next-generation leaders in the national security establishment, speakers, and National War College staff and students for a reception in the historic space named after President Theodore Roosevelt as an homage to the man who envisioned the need for an organization to bring together all of the armed forces and civilian leaders, a role now fulfilled by the National War College.

NEW for 2020! All non-member Attendees will be offered a one-year Digital Membership in the Theodore Roosevelt Association absolutely free! Membership includes digital copies of the peer-reviewed Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal, TRA communications including The Arena e-newsletter, the opportunity to participate in members-only events, and other benefits of membership.

Important: Due to military base restrictions, REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2020. All Registrants will be contacted with instructions for completing the required security documentation.

The National War College (NWC), National Defense University (NDU), Department of Defense (DoD) and National War College Alumni Association (NWC AA) do not endorse the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) or its activities. Allowing members of the TRA to participate in an academic symposium to be held at NWC/NDU does not constitute an endorsement of the TRA by the DoD, NDU, or the NWC. The TRA is not charging for the privilege of entering federal property, including Fort McNair, Roosevelt Hall, or other buildings on the installation for the purpose of attending events held at NWC.

The Theodore Roosevelt Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax Identification #13-449999.