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The Global Security Forum (GSF) brings the world’s top security experts, speakers, and leaders to Connecticut to address today’s most critical global security issues and the opportunities of tomorrow.
Connecticut is a leader in the global defense industry. As such, what happens around the world has a direct impact on our state and our region.
The Global Security Forum has convened some of the brightest minds and most influential leaders in global security. From cybersecurity to nuclear arms racing, these experts bring their on-the-ground leadership experience and unparalleled analysis to bear on some of the most pressing global issues of our time.
Meet a few of the leaders, experts, and dignitaries who have shared their expertise over the years at the Global Security Forum.
General Lloyd J. Austin
General Lloyd J. Austin III | 28th U.S. Secretary of Defense
Admiral Michael Gilday
Admiral Michael Gilday, 32nd Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral Michelle Howard
Admiral Michelle Howard, U.S. Navy (Ret.) | Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral Dennis Blair
Admiral Dennis Blair, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Former Director of National Intelligence | Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command
Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Mark Hertling served for 38 years in the US Army as a tanker and cavalryman, serving at every level from tank platoon leader on the East-West German border to Commander of the 7th Army. He retired in December 2012, after serving as the Commanding General of US Army, Europe (USAREUR), where he led over 60,000 soldiers and partnered with the Armies of 51 nations.
General Lori J. Robinson
Gen. Lori J. Robinson (USAF, Ret.) | Former Commander, United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (USNORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command
General George Casey
General George Casey (USA, Ret.) | 36th Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins
Founder and President, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation
General Garrett Yee
Major General Garret Yee (USA) | Assistant to the Director, Defense Information Systems Agency
David Sanger is The New York Times’ national security correspondent and chief Washington correspondent. In a 36-year reporting career for The New York Times, he has been on three teams that have won Pulitzer Prizes, most recently in 2017 for international reporting. His newest book, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age,’’ examines the emergence of cyberconflict as the primary way large and small states are competing and undercutting each other, changing the nature of global power.
General Michael Jones
Major General Michael Jones (USA, Ret.) | Former Chief of Staff, U.S. CENTCOM
Former Second Deputy Speaker, Afghan Parliament
General Wesley Clark
General Wesley Clark, (USA, RET.), Supreme Allied Commander of NATO
GEN. Clark retired a four star general in the United States Army, having served in his last assignments as Commander of US Southern Command and then as Commander of US European Command/ Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
Author of How We Win; former US diplomat; and Senior Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
General Michael Moeller
Lt. General Michael Moeller (USAF, Ret.) | Vice President, Business Development, Pratt and Whitney Military Engines
Recipient of the Medal of Honor
Executive director and senior director for National Security & Counterterrorism programs, McCain Institute for International Leadership; former director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)
Nazli Choucri, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Former Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer, State of Connecticut
Lieutenant Colonel Luke Knittig, U.S. Army (Ret.) | Chief of External Relations for Power Africa, USAID
GLOBAL SECURITY FORUM
Missed GSF? Need a refresher? Relive any of the discussions – from Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday’s keynote on Navy preparedness in an Age of Instability to Art House and David Sanger’s conversation on cyber warfare – or flip through some of our past programs to see some of the incredible speakers that have joined us, the themes that we’ve tackled, and the topics each panel discussed.
For five consecutive years, the Global Security Forum has brought the best minds in global security to Connecticut to talk about the most pressing issues of the time. Take a look at our past GSF programs from over the years.
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