Schedule for ‘Strategic Leadership: Past, Present and Future’

The dress code for this conference is business casual or military Class B. For the dinner on Nov. 2, it is business or military Class A. We will provide places to hang jackets and change.

Day One - Wednesday, November 2, 2016
7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Opening/Welcoming Remarks

General J.H. Binford Peay, III
Superintendent, VMI

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Panel 1
George C. Marshall:  Archetype of Strategic Leadership

Moderator:  Rob Havers, Ph.D.
President, George C. Marshall Foundation


  • Daniel Kurtz-Phelan
    International Security Program Fellow, New America
  • Barry Machado, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus, Washington and Lee University, 
  • Gerald Pops, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus, West Virginia University, Author
10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  Walk to Cameron Hall
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Keynote/Byrd Award

Honorable James Baker
Recipient. Former U.S. Secretary of State, 
White House Chief of Staff, 
Secretary of the Treasury 

12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  Return to Hall of Valor, Marshall Hall for Lunch
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. VMI Parade/Marshall Museum Tours 
2:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m. 

Panel 2
Strategic Leadership During Enduring and Iraqi
Freedom: An Appraisal

Moderator:  David R. Gray, Ph.D.
Director, VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics


  • Richard Hooker, Ph.D.
    Director, Institute for National Strategic
    Studies, National Defense University, Author
  • David Litt
    Ambassador (ret), Executive Director, Center
    for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction
    of the Institute for Defense and Business
  • Peter Mansoor, Ph.D.
    Professor, General Raymond E. Mason, Jr.
    Chair in Military History Faculty, Ohio State
    University, Author
4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. 

Panel 3
"The World Hangs in the Balance":  The Marshall
Plan's Legacies for Contemporary Nation-building

Moderator: Brad Coleman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Director, John Adams Center, VMI


  • Hilda “Bambi” Arellano
    Retired USAID Senior Foreign Service Officer
  • Barry Machado, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus, Washington & Lee University,
  • Max Primorac
    President, The Institute for Stabilization and
5:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  Reception, Optional Post Tours
6:45 p.m.-9:15 p.m. 

Dinner with Speaker 

Linda Robinson
Senior Policy Analyst, RAND, Author


Day Two - Thursday, November 3, 2016 
6:45 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

“America’s Strategic Leadership during Post-Cold War
Global Transition”

Michael Mandelbaum, Ph.D.
Director, Foreign Policy Studies, John Hopkins University,

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

Panel 4
Coalitions of the Willing? Shaping a Shared
Strategic Vision to Combat the Spread of
Radical Jihadism

Moderator: David R. Gray, Ph.D.
Director, VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics


  • Cori Dauber, Ph.D.
    Professor, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill,
  • Sebastian Gorka, Ph.D.
    Chairman, Threat Knowledge Group, Author
  • David Kilcullen, Ph.D.
    Chairman, Senior Future of War Fellow, Caerus
    Global Solutions New America, Author
11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Address:  "Developing the Next Marshall:  Trends in
Strategic Leadership to 2040"

LTG H. R. McMaster
Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, Author

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Small Group Ethical Leadership Challenge

The Ethical Leadership Challenge (ELC) is an interactive,
context-based, small-group collaborative exercise to
improve participants’ understanding of moral temptations
and ethical dilemmas. The exercise is designed to enhance
participants’ ethical reasoning.  Consistent with the
conference’s theme, the ELC utilizes real-world scenarios
to frame emerging ethical issues. Trained facilitators will
assist the groups as they engage in meaningful

2:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Panel 5
“Leading and Managing in the Global Economy”

Moderator: David R. Gray, Ph.D.
Director, VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics


  • Sharon Dunbar
    Vice President, General Dynamics Mission
    Systems:  Maj. Gen. USAF (ret)
  • Dick Goodall
    Chief Executive Officer, Dixon Valve
  • John Jumper
    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Leidos;
    General, USAF (ret)
3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m. Break / Refreshments
3:45 p.m.–4:50 p.m.

Panel 6
Developing Strategic Leadership for 2040

Moderator: David R. Gray, Ph.D.
Director, VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics


  • Charles Allen
    Professor, U.S. Army War College
  • Sharon Dunbar
    Vice President, General Dynamics Mission Systems;
    Maj. Gen. USAF (ret)
  • E. S. Wibbeke
    Intercultural Leadership Consultant,
    Professor and Author
  Concluding Remarks