Please share your thoughts on our inaugural virtual presentation with David Lebovitz of J.P.Morgan. Would you be interested in joining us for additional webcasts? Any ideas or suggestions for the future? Thank you. We look forward to seeing you soon but in the meantime, be well and stay healthy.
World Affairs Council of the Desert welcomed Admiral Scott Swift, former U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander and current Visiting Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies. Adm. Swift addressed the rapidly developing military and geopolitical forces influencing America's future in the strategic area from the Pacific Ocean to the South China Sea. As Admiral, he has had numerous operational and combat assignments and was recognized as Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet landing signal officer of the Year, commanding 140,000 sailors. His shore tour assignments included Naval War College; commanding officer, Strike Fighter Weapons School, Pacific and Office of the Undersecy of Defense. U.S is stressing International rules based order, establishing 26 courts for resolution of international issues using discourse and dialogue. China stresses force and coercion. Sold out crowd — please join our conversation next time.
Last evening, World Affairs Council of the Desert’s speaker, Lt Col Dakota Wood (ret), Defense Programs Senior Research Fellow with the Heritage Foundation shared his first-hand experience of the need for increased strategic deployment of America’s military forces. Lt Col Wood is seen frequently on cable news advocating American global military strength. Imperative that we not lose our edge in gaining ground against rising national security threats. Nature of external threats—Russia’s continued aggression, China’s sustained bullying cyber-espionage, N Korea’s long-range missiles and failure to denuclearize and Iran’s sustained terrorist groups. We have made significant improvements in readiness but are still undersized and limited to regionalized responses. Much of our equipment is aging and outdated. In 1989 we had 770,000 troops on active duty — today 480,000. We need to step up our response capabilities.
World Affairs Council of the Desert added a special luncheon event January 30th at Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert. Speaker Lt Colonel Rick Francona discussed, “Czars, Sultans and Mullahs: Syria and the Aftermath of the Arab Spring.” Lt.Col Francona retired after 27 years as a USAF intelligence officer primarily in the Middle East. He is an author and commentator having served multiple tours of duty with the NSA and CIA and is featured on NBC, CNBC and CNN as a military analyst. Recruited in 2002 for the Pentagon Military Analyst program as someone influential to help sell a wary public on a possible Iraq invasion. An engaging speaker who taught us to distinguish Sunni from Shia. WACD President Jim McFarlin, himself a former Air Force officer, welcomed the sold-out crowd.
What were your feelings about our November 17th dinner/speaker program? Please share with us, in detail, regarding the speaker, the venue, the food, etc. Thank you so much for your time.
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