The 39th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy, "The Marine Corps: America's Expeditionary Force in Readiness," took place on April 14-15, 2011, at the Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C.   The conference was organized by IFPA and the International Security Studies Program of the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and co-sponsored by the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, IFPA, and the International Security Studies Program of the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Over twenty-five senior DOD officials, service chiefs, combatant commanders, members of Congress, and non-governmental experts spoke at the conference. These included Senator Jack Reed, Chairman, Subcommittee on Seapower, Senate Armed Services Committee; Representative Todd Akin, Chairman, Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, HASC; General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), former National Security Advisor, former SACEUR, and former USMC Commandant; General James F. Amos, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; Admiral Robert J. Papp, USCG Commandant; Admiral Jonathan W. GreenertUSN, Vice Chief of Naval Operations; General Philip Breedlove, USAF, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force; and the Honorable Robert Work, Under Secretary of the Navy.  For a conference agenda and a complete list of the speakers click on the links above.

 In addition to the speakers, over 250 participants attended, drawn from the Department of Defense, the Joint Staff, the military services, the combatant commands, the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the intelligence community as well as from Congress, industry, the policy community, and the media. 

Topics addressed included:

  • Warfighting concepts, access issues, and expeditionary operations
  • Joint, interagency, allied/partner, inter-governmental and non-governmental relationships
  • Cyber warfare and the vulnerability of information-based systems and operations
  • Service leadership and combatant command perspectives on engagement, access, crisis prevention, conflict management, and support to civil authorities
  • Devising an affordable, agile, and responsive USMC force structure