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The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Hoss Cartwright, ranks as one of the smartest players in the national security world and he rarely speaks in public. Even more rarely does he speak in public about one of the most essential elements of his job -- strategy. The Center for Strategic and International Studies are broadcasting a talk by Cartwright tomorrow as well as a host of a host of provocative panels. We'll be covering his remarks, as well as those of some of the others speaking during the conference. Click for the link to Cartwright's and the other broadcasts.

Here's the link to Cartwright's talk, which starts at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Cartwright is followed at 9:10 a.m. by several panels, including the folks on one of the most important panels of the day:

How to Stigmatize the Use of Cyber- and Anti-Satellite Attack?

○ Mike Hamel, senior VP of strategy and development for Orbital Sciences Corp. and former commander of the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center

○ Jeffrey Harris, corporate VP at Lockheed Martin and former NRO director

○ Ron Fogleman, former Air Force Chief of Staff

○ John Hamre, head of CSIS and former deputy decretary of Defense, moderates.

Here's the link to that one:

Then at 10:50 am – 12:15 pm

What Impact Would the Loss of Overseas Bases Have on U.S. Power Projection?

○ Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

o Thomas Pickering, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs

o Raymond F. DuBois, CSIS

o Moderated by Maren Leed, CSIS

At 10:50 am – 12:15 pm Is Now the Time for a Domestic Intelligence Agency? o John Negroponte, vice chairman of McLarty Associates and former Director of National Intelligence

o Suzanne Spaulding, principal at Bingham Consulting Group

o Kevin Brock, principal at Booz Allen and former assistant director for intelligence at the FBI

o Phil Mudd, former FBI, CIA official

o Moderated by “Ozzie” Nelson, CSIS

Is America Ready for Robots on the Battlefield? o Jay Cohen, former undersecretary of Homeland Security for science and technology

o Anthony Tether, former DARPA director

o J. D. Crouch, president of Technology Solutions Group, Qinetiq North America and former deputy National Security Advisor

o Moderated by Kim Wincup, senior VP at SAIC

Then from 12:30 pm – 1:55 pm

Are We Headed toward a Smaller Defense Industrial Base? o Pierre Chao, Managing Director, Renaissance Strategic Advisors

o Denis A. Bovin, Co-CEO of Stone Key Partners LLC

o Mark Newman, chairman and CEO of DRS Technologies

o Moderated by John Hamre

How Should We Address the Perception of Waning U.S. Power in Asia?

o Richard L. Armitage, former deputy secretary of State

o co-moderated by Michael Green and Ernest Bower of CSIS

How to Stop a Fragmented Al Qaeda?

o Arnaud de Borchgrave of CSIS

o Walid Phares, Senior Fellow and Director, Future Terrorism Project, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

o Robert Grenier, chairman of ERG Partners and former director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center

o Moderated by Juan Zarate of CSIS and former deputy National Security Advisor for combating terrorism

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