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SEC James MattisThe Honorable James N. Mattis
26th Secretary of Defense of the United States

Saturday, 6:00PM
Gala Cocktail Reception

Jim Mattis was raised in southeastern Washington State and graduated from Central Washington State College. He served over 40 years in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer; plus duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; as NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation; and as Commander of U.S. Central Command comprised of 250,000 U.S. and allied troops in combat across the Middle East and South Asia. Retiring in 2013, he was a Davies Family Scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Subsequently he served as the 26th Secretary of Defense from January 2017 through December 2018.

Vice Admiral David Architzel, USN (Retired)
Chairman, Theodore Roosevelt Association

Friday, 12:30PM

Welcome Comments
Symposium Day 1

Since retiring from the Navy in 2012, Vice Admiral Architzel has had several roles in the private sector.  He is currently the Senior Advisor to the President of the Miller Group on Strategic Initiatives, before which he was Vice President for Maritime Operations with Fairlead Integrated Inc.  He was also at the Defense Acquisitions University advising on acquisition matters.  He was LSO with the Fairlead and Miller group and was director of military affairs at Old Dominion University, where he was the principle advisor to the President on all military related issues and served as the University’s liaison with DOD and other military operations. After 40 years of service, he retired as a Vice Admiral in 2012.  His last assignment was as Commander, Naval Air Systems Command headquartered in Patuxent River, Md. Prior to that he was Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition. His other flag assignments included Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers and as Commander of several other operations. At sea, he served as Commanding Officer Sea Control Squadron Thirty (VS-30), Executive officer, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and Pre-commissioning Unit John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Commanding Officer, USS GUAM (LPH 9); flagship for Commander Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 2; and as the sixth Commanding officer of USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71).

Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, USNRDML Cedric Pringle, USN
Commandant, National War College

Friday, 12:30PM
Welcome Comments
Symposium Day 1

Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, University of South Carolina graduate, received his commission through Naval ROTC. Some of the highlights of his extraordinary naval career include in July 2004, he assumed command of USS WHIBEY ISLAND Island (LSD 41). During his tour, he participated in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in response to Hurricane Katrina in September 2005. In February 2012, he took command of the Navy’s first hybrid propulsion drive ship, USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8).  He also served as Navy Senate Liaison for the Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs. From September 2015 to November 2017 he served as deputy director of Joint Interagency Task Force South. During this tour, he also served as Commander, Joint Task Force Matthew, leading relief and recovery efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew in 2016. In December 2017, he assumed duties as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards. RDML Pringle is also the recipient of the 2015 Navy’s Stars. He currently serves as Commandant of the National War College in Washington, DC.

Congressman French Hill (R-AR)
Congressman French Hill (R-AR)

Friday, 1:00PM
Welcome Comments
Symposium Day 1
A ninth-generation Arkansan, French Hill has served central Arkansas since January 3, 2015, in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is the Majority Whip on the Committee on Financial Services. Congressman Hill also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Corporate Finance under President George H. W. Bush from 1989 until 1991. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Hill led the design of U.S. technical assistance to the emerging economies of eastern and central Europe in the areas of banking and securities. From 1982 until 1984, he served on the staff of U.S. Senator John Tower (R-TX), as well as on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. He is a long-term member of the TRA and is currently a member of the TRA Advisory Board. Over the years he has developed such an in-depth knowledge of TR that he can often answer questions that other scholars cannot. For example, he was the only person who could prove that TR had ever been on Theodore Roosevelt Island. A magna cum laude graduate in Economics from Vanderbilt University, he is married to the former Martha McKenzie of Dallas, Texas, and they have a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth McKenzie Hill, and a son, William Payne Hill. The Hill family resides in Little Rock.

Jerry Hendrix
Jerry Hendrix

Vice President, Telemus Group

Friday, 2:00PM
Theodore Roosevelt and the Unbalanced Fleet

Dr. Jerry Hendrix is a retired Navy Officer with experience in strategy, force structure planning, carrier strike group operations, and anti-submarine warfare. Outside of his military experience, Dr. Hendrix has held posts with senior staffs including the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, the Secretary of Defense’s Office of Force Development, and the Office of Net Assessment, where he served as the Senior Military Assistant to its Director.

Prior to joining the Telemus Group, Dr. Hendrix served as the Director of the defense program at the bi-partisan Center for a New American Security where he authored a number of cutting-edge studies on the need for a larger Navy, the evolution of the carrier air wing, the long range heavy bomber, and the growing gap in anti-submarine capabilities in the North Atlantic.
While on active duty he served as an instructor Naval Flight Officer in the P-3C Orion aircraft as well as a Tactical Action Officer and an Air Operations Officer on nuclear and light amphibious aircraft carriers. He supported combat operations in operations Desert Storm, Allied Force, Deliberate Forge, and Iraqi Freedom. In addition, he served as the Director of the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Panel and as Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Dr. Hendrix holds graduate degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and Harvard University as well as a doctorate from King’s College, London.

David Ingatius
David Ignatius
Associate Editor and Foreign Affairs Columnist for the Washington Post

Friday, 3:30PM
Panel Moderator:
Senior Military Officers and the Making of National Security
David writes a twice-a-week foreign affairs column, and has written eleven spy novels: “The Paladin” (2020), “The Quantum Spy,” (2017), “The Director,” (2014), “Bloodmoney” (2011), “The Increment” (2009), “Body of Lies ” (2007), “The Sun King” (1999), “A Firing Offense” (1997), “The Bank of Fear” (1994), “SIRO” (1991), and “Agents of Innocence” (1987). "Body of Lies" was made into a 2008 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
Joining The Post in 1986 as editor of its Sunday Outlook section, he became foreign editor in 1990, and in 1993 became assistant managing editor for business news. David’s column began in 1998 and continued even during his three-year stint as executive editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris, from 2000 to 2003. Earlier in his career, he was a Wall Street Journal reporter, covering at various times the steel industry, the Departments of State and Justice, the CIA, the Senate, and the Middle East. As The Post’s foreign editor, David supervised the newspaper's 1990 Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Iraqi’s invasion of Kuwait.
Growing up in Washington, D.C., David studied political theory at Harvard College and economics at Kings College, Cambridge. He lives in Washington with his wife and has three daughters.
He has been awarded the George Polk Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary, the Edward Weintal Prize, the Urbino International Press Award, the Overseas Press Club Award for Foreign Affairs Commentary, the Lifetime Achievement Award, of the International Committee for Foreign Journalists, and was awarded the Legion D'Honneur by the French government.

Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (Retired)
Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (Retired)

Friday, 3:30PM
Senior Military Officers and the Making of National Security Policy

Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.) is President of MGM Consulting, LLC, based in Annapolis, MD. MGM Consulting provides counsel to global clients on issues related to geo-political developments, national security interests, and strategic leadership. ADM Mullen served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations from 2005-2007, and as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Presidents Bush and Obama from 2007-2011. He led the military during a critical time of change and transition, overseeing the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the development and implementation of a new military strategy in Afghanistan. Mullen advanced the rapid fielding of innovative technologies, championed emerging and enduring global partnerships, and promoted new methods for countering terrorism, all of which culminated in the killing of Osama bin Laden. He spearheaded the elimination of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, ushering for the first time in U.S. military history the open service of gay and lesbian men and women. ADM Mullen is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, a Distinguished Alumni of Harvard Business School, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a trustee at Caltech. Since his retirement from the United States Navy in November 2011, Mullen joined the boards of General Motors and Sprint, as well as Bloomberg Philanthropies. He actively supports and participates in a wide array of non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the growth, development, recovery and transition of military veterans and their family members. Additionally, he taught National Security Decision-making and Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University from 2012-2018, Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2019 and holds a Master’s Degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Admiral Dennis Blair, USN (Retired)Admiral Dennis Blair, USN (Retired)
Senior advisor the Chairman of Arcanum

Friday, 3:30PM
Senior Military Officers and the Making of National Security Policy
Admiral Dennis Blair is the first Knott Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Practice at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Peace, War, and Defense Curriculum. He was formerly the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. He serves as a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council; is on the boards of Freedom House, the National Bureau of Asian Research, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Atlantic Council. From January 2009 to May 2010, as director of National Intelligence, Admiral Blair led the sixteen national intelligence agencies. He was president and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Defense Analyses from 2003-06. Prior to retiring from the Navy in 2002 after a career of 34 years, Admiral Blair was the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Blair earned a master’s degree in history and languages from Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar. He is the author of Military Engagement: Influencing Armed Forces Worldwide to Support Democratic Transitions. Three commissions he co-chaired have issued recent reports: A National Security Strategy for 5G; Oil Security 2025: U.S. National Security Policy in an Era of Domestic Oil Abundance; The Report of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.

Michèle Flournoy
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors

Friday, 3:30PM

Panel: Senior Military Officers and the Making of National Security Policy
Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she currently serves on the board. She has served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. Michèle serves on the boards of Booz Allen Hamilton, Amida Technology Solutions, The Mission Continues, Spirit of America, The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, and CARE. She serves on the advisory boards of SINE, Equal AI, The War Horse and The Leadership Council for Women in National Security. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affair, a current member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group, and a former member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the CIA Director’s External Advisory Board and the Defense Policy Board. Michèle earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s from Balliol College, Oxford University, where she was a Newton-Tatum scholar.

Peter D. Feaver
Peter D. Feaver
Author and Professor of Political Science & Public  Policy, Duke University

Friday, 3:30PM

Panel: Senior Military Officers and the Making of National Security Policy
Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. Feaver is author of Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003) and of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992). He is co-author with Christopher Gelpi and Jason Reifler, of Paying the Human Costs of War (Princeton Press, 2009); with Susan Wasiolek and Anne Crossman, of Getting the Best Out of College (Ten Speed Press, 2008, 2nd edition 2012); with Christopher Gelpi, of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force (Princeton Press, 2004). He is co-editor, with Richard H. Kohn, of Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001). He has published numerous other monographs, scholarly articles, book chapters, and policy pieces on grand strategy, American foreign policy, public opinion, nuclear proliferation, civil-military relations, and cybersecurity. From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver served as Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews and other political-military issues. In 1993-94, Feaver served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House where his responsibilities included national security review, counterproliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control and other defense policy issues. He is an emeritus member of the Aspen Strategy Group, blogs “Elephants in the Room” at Foreign, and is the Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy magazine.

Nicole Goldstein
Washington, DC Attorney &
TRA Board of Trustees

Saturday, 9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks
Symposium Day 2
Nicole Goldstein is an attorney in Washington, D.C. She is a trustee of the TRA and has been a member for over 20 years. She is the Chair of the 2020 Annual Meeting and serves as Director of Social Media for the organization. Nicole is also a Board Member of Friends of Theodore Roosevelt and serves as liaison between the TRA and FoTRI. Nicole is married to Franklin Rubinstein and has two children, Itzhak Mier and Dina Noa, both of whom are experienced Annual Meeting Attendees.

James R. Holmes, Ph.D.Dr. James R. Holmes, Ph.D.
Professor,  Strategy and Policy Department, US Naval War College

Saturday, 9:15AM 
The Roosevelt Corollary in 2020

Dr. James Holmes holds the J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the Naval War College and served on the faculty of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. A former U.S. Navy surface-warfare officer, he was the last gunnery officer in history to fire a battleship’s big guns in anger, during the first Gulf War in 1991. He earned the Naval War College Foundation Award in 1994, signifying the top graduate in his class. His books include Red Star over the Pacific, an Atlantic Monthly Best Book of 2010 and a fixture on the Navy Professional Reading List.
His book Theodore Roosevelt and World Order: Police Power in International Relations was published in 2006 and emphasizes Roosevelt's foreign policy idealism. At the core of TR's diplomacy, Holmes contends, was the concept of “international police power,” a concept that heretofore has received little scholarly attention.
He specializes in U.S., Chinese and Indian maritime strategy and U.S. diplomatic and military history. Retired General and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis has deemed him “troublesome.”

JPME Student Presentations
Saturday, 11:00AM
JPME Student Presentations

NWC Competitive Student Panel consisting of presentations by students in the NWC program on Theodore Roosevelt as a strategic leader. Students have been selected by a panel of judges after a rigorous competition.

Dr. Francis G. HoffmanDr. Francis G. Hoffman
Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research, National Defense University Institute for National Strategic Studies

Saturday, 11:00AM
How National Security Strategy is Developed & Implemented

Dr. Frank Hoffman holds an appointment as a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research at National Defense University (NDU). He has been at the University since 2011, after completing 33 years in the Department of the Navy as a Marine officer and civilian analyst. His research portfolio at NDU includes U.S. grand strategy, defense strategy, changing character of war, defense economics, and military innovation. He is a retired U.S. Marine Reserve infantry officer (retiring in 2001 at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel). His has served two senior political appointments in the Department of the Navy and at the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2009.
During 2017, Dr. Hoffman was Special Assistant for Strategic Matters to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and served on the National Defense Strategy task force.
His latest book is Mars Adapting, Military Change during Wartime which is forthcoming this year.
Dr. Hoffman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (1978), holds graduate degrees from George Mason University in Educational Leadership and the Naval War College in National Strategic Studies from which he graduated with highest distinction. He earned his Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College, London.

Dr. Richard HookerDr. Richard Hooker
DOD, Professor of National Security Strategy, National War College

Saturday, 11:00AM
How National Security Strategy is Developed & Implemented

Dr. Richard D. Hooker, Jr. joined the National War College faculty in July 2018 after service as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia with the National Security Council from April 2017-June 2018.

Dr. Hooker served for 30 years in the United States Army as a parachute infantry officer in the United States and Europe. While on active duty, he participated in military operations in Grenada, Somalia, Rwanda, the Sinai, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, including command of a parachute brigade in Baghdad from January 2005 to January 2006. His military service also included tours in the offices of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of the Army, and the Chief of Staff of the Army.

From 2013-2017 he served as Director, Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he served as Deputy Commandant and Dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome from September 2010-August 2013.  He holds The Theodore Roosevelt Chair in National Security Affairs at NDU and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Foreign Policy Research Council.  A former White House Fellow, Dr. Hooker previously taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and held the Chief of Staff of the Army Chair at the National War College. He also served with the Office of National Service, the White House under President George H.W. Bush, with the Arms Control and Defense Directorate, National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, and with the NSC Office for Iraq and Afghanistan in the administration of George W. Bush. While at the NSC he was a contributing author to The National Security Strategy of the United States.

Dr. Hooker graduated with a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981 and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from the University of Virginia. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, where he earned an M.S. in National Security Studies and served as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.

Dr. Matthew OyosDr. Matthew Oyos
Professor of History, Radford University

Saturday, 12:30PM
heodore Roosevelt, The Making of the Modern Military and the Destiny of a Nation

Dr. Matt Oyos specializes in teaching courses on the history of warfare, with an emphasis on the relationship between warfare and societal change. He also offers classes on the United States since 1945, and modern Latin America.  Dr. Oyos was the recipient of Radford University’s College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award for 2005-2006. He received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences in 2019.
Professor Oyos was trained as a military historian, but, as another military historian--much more eminent than himself--once said, what military historians really study at root, is not militaries, but war. War is a scourge, but it has long been an influence on human affairs.  A complete understanding of the past and present is not possible without examining war as a motive force in human history.  In his courses and research, Matt emphasizes, therefore, how wars shape societies and societies shape war.
His research has focused on modern American military affairs, particularly Theodore Roosevelt and the development of the modern American military.  He has published on civil-military relations in the United States, the SALT II treaty, and other topics. His book, In Command: Theodore Roosevelt and the American Military appeared in 2018 and was the 2019 recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Association’s Book Prize.



Lieutenant Commander Gregory Wynn, USMC Lieutenant Commander Gregory Wynn, USMC (Retired)

Saturday, 1:30PM
Presenting the 2020 Theodore Roosevelt Book Award
A 4th grade book report about Theodore Roosevelt sparked a lifelong passion for Gregory Wynn, and he joined the Theodore Roosevelt Association in 1984 at the age of 12. A native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he earned a BA in History from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Military Studies from the U.S. Marine Corps Command Staff College, and an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 24 years of service having held command and staff assignments that included an infantry battalion Company Commander, Executive Officer of the New York City Naval ROTC program, military advisor to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense, and a director for cyberspace operations plans and strategy. He has been a member of the Executive Committee and a Trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association for over 15 years. His scholarly interest in TR evolved into a collecting interest, and he has built the most significant private collection of Theodore Roosevelt material extant with a focus on TR’s writing and publications. His current interests are TR’s 1912 campaign and Roosevelt’s underappreciated intellectual depth. He is the proud father of Andersen Wynn and resides in Crofton, Maryland and continues to serve his country at U.S. Cyber Command. 


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