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Sea-Air-Space Opening Ceremony

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Speaker: The Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of  the Department of Transportation (invited)

Location: Potomac AB

Tri-Service Maritime Leadership

Time: Immediately Following Opening Ceremony
Speakers: Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations (invited)

Gen. David Berger, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

Adm. Karl Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

Moderator: Adm. John Richardson, Retired 31st Chief of Naval Operations 

Location: Potomac AB

What does it take to command our maritime forces? Building on the newest guidance from the Tri-Service Maritime Strategy guide and the 2018 National Defense Strategy, our panel of sea service chiefs will discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges our commanders face while operating on land, sea and air.

Arctic Domain Readiness

Time: 11:00 a.m.
Speakers: Mr. Richard Jenkins, Saildrone CEO

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, U.S. Navy (invited)

Vice Adm. Scott Buschman, Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S.Coast Guard (invited)

Dr. Alyson Azzara, International Trade Specialist, Department of Transportation 

Moderator: Rear Adm. Lars Saunes, Retired Norwegian Navy Chief of Naval Operations

Location: Potomac D

How do we best ensure readiness in the Arctic domain to meet the challenges of the future? This includes battling harsh, dynamic operational conditions as well as countering volatile influences at the strategic level. The approach will require whole-of-government and like-minded, transparent partners to address Arctic security risks and readiness in both the current and future Arctic environments.

Sea-Air-Space Luncheon

Time: 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Speaker: The Honorable Lloyd J. Austin III, Secretary of Defense (invited)

Location: Potomac AB
Ticketed Event 

Maritime Security Program

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Ms. Sara Fuentes, Vice President of Government Affairs, Transportation Institute

Mr. Brian Schoeneman, Political and Legislative Director, Seafarers International Union of North America

Mr. Anthony Fisher, Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Sealift, Maritime Administration

Moderator: Rear Adm. Lars Saunes, Retired Norwegian Navy Chief of Naval Operations

Location: Potomac AB

The Maritime Security Program helps maintain an active, privately owned, U.S.-flag and U.S.-crewed liner fleet in international trade, while simultaneously serving as a naval auxiliary for the Department of Defense in times of national crises. By investing in and maintaining this pillar of support, the U.S.-flag fleet will be better poised to support our nation’s economic security and national defense.

Facilities and Maintenance Resiliency

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Speakers: Rear Adm. Nathan Moore, Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Adm. John Korka, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, and Chief of Civil Engineers, U.S. Navy

Ms. Tina Dolph, CEO, Siemens 

Moderator: Mr. Todd Schafer, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment (Acting)

Location: Potomac D

Historically, the Department of the Navy has assumed risk in shore infrastructure investments to increase readiness, future force structure and other priorities. Given the imperative of contested domains in future operations outlined in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, today’s enterprise of installations and ranges serving as platforms for a new generation of weapon systems need to be configured and resilient to enable current and future missions. The panel will address initiatives and challenges to sustain U.S. shore capabilities, while enhancing installation resilience to meet mission assurance requirements for the warfighter. 

International Partnerships: How Global Industries Meet the Global Needs of Our Sea Services

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Speakers: TBD

Moderator: Rear Adm. Francis Morley, Director, Navy International Programs Office, Office of the Secretary of the Navy

Location: Potomac AB

Hear from a panel of international naval leadership on the current state of foreign navies and their partnerships for cooperative naval alliances with the United States.

Indo-Pacific Security Strategy

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Speakers: Mr. David Stilwell, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State (invited)

Vice Adm. William Merz, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy, U.S. Navy (invited)

Moderator: Adm. John C. Harvey, U.S. Navy (ret.), Director, Institute for Defense Analyses (invited)

Location: Potomac D

A peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific is vital to the U.S. and its allies’ economies in the 21st century. All nations should enjoy unfettered access to the seas and airways upon which all nations’ economies depend. Panelists will discuss what it takes to maintain safe sea lines of communication and growth in such a large and dynamic region.

Foreign Direct Investments: Reshaping Global Trade

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Speakers: Mr. Mark Bardwell, Associate Director, Special Programs & Professional Development Programs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)

Mr. Derek Scissors, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Mr. Ernest Istook, Former U.S. Representative, Oklahoma

Moderator: Mr. Tony Padilla, Director, Office of Cargo and Commercial Sealift, Maritime Administration

Location: Potomac C

Socio-economic changes, predominantly in the Eastern Hemisphere, are creating opportunities and challenges for the liberal international order as China aims to exert influence over supply chains and reshape global trade. In the absence of a robust, whole-of-government approach, this trend poses implications for U.S. national security and our ability to project power. 

International Maritime Reception

Time: 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Location: Cherry Blossom Ballroom/Foyer 
Ticketed Event