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The Project holds a number of different types of events for journalists, scholars and students designed to deepen understanding of defense, cyber and other intelligence issues. The best known are the 'on-the-record' breakfasts of the Defense Writers Group.

Here is a list of guests for the DWG in recent years:

2020

June 30, 2020

Representative Adam Smith (D-WA)

Chairman - House Armed Services Committee

June 29, 2020

Representative William 'Mac' Thornberry (R-TX)

Ranking Member - House Armed Services Committee

June 18, 2020

General Jeffrey L. Harrigian

Commander, US Air Forces in Europe, US Air Forces Africa;

Commander - NATO Allied Air Command

June 11, 2020

The Honorable Thomas McCaffery

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

May 27, 2020

General John M. Murray

Commander, US Army Futures Command

&

Dr. Bruce D. Jette

Assistant Secretary of The Army (Acquisition, Logistics &Technology)

May 20, 2020

General John W. "Jay" Raymond

Chief of Space Operations - United States Space Force

April 29, 2020

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)

Chairman - House Armed Services Committee

April 22, 2020

General David L. Goldfein

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force

April 9, 2020

General Timothy M. Ray

Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command &

Commander, Air Forces Strategic – Air, U.S. Strategic Command

March 19, 2020

The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy

Secretary of the U.S. Army

&

General James C. McConville

Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

February 4, 2020

General Gustave F. Perna

Commander - US Army Materiel Command

January 15, 2020

The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy

Secretary of the U.S. Army

January 14, 2020

The Honorable Ellen  M. Lord

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

2019

December 18, 2019

Admiral James G. Foggo III

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa

Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples

December 17, 2019

General Charles Q. Brown Jr.

Commander - Pacific Air Forces

Air Component Commander - U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

December 10, 2019

General Tod D. Wolters

Commander - U.S. European Command

NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

December 4, 2019

The Honorable John C. Rood

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

November 21, 2019

General Arnold Bunch Jr.

Commander - Air Force Materiel Command

November 13, 2019

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

November 12, 2019

Dr. Will Roper

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

November 7, 2019

The Honorable Lisa E. Gordon- Hagerty

DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator

October 4, 2019

Admiral Craig S. Faller

Commander - U.S. Southern Command

October 2, 2019

General Steven R. Lyons

Commander - U.S. Transportation Command

September 12, 2019

The Honorable R. Clarke Cooper

Assistant Secretary of State for Political - Military Affairs

August 20, 2019

General James M. Holmes

Commander, Air Combat Command

June 25, 2019

Mr. Dana Deasy

Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense

June 18, 2019

General Paul J. Selva

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

June 11, 2019

Representative William 'Mac' Thornberry (R-TX)

Ranking Member - House Armed Services Committee

June 10, 2019

Representative Adam Smith (D-WA)

Chairman - House Armed Services Committee

May 16, 2019

The Honorable Dr. Heather Wilson

Secretary of the Air Force

May 1, 2019

Dr. Steven H. Walker, Director - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Dr. Peter Highnam, Deputy Director - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

April 24, 2019

Mr. John F. Sopko

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)

April 17, 2019

General Timothy M. Ray

Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command and Commander, Air Forces, U.S. Strategic Command

April 1, 2019

(Special Defense Writers Group Conversation - NATO Policy Planning)

Dr. Kiron Skinner, Director of Policy Planning - U.S. State Department

Dr. Benedetta Berti, NATO Policy Planning

Mr. Maciej Pisarski, Polish Policy Planning Director

Amb. Raimonda Murmokaite, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania

Amb. Andris Razāns, Latvian Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Amb. Eerik Marmei, Estonia's Ambassador to Poland and Romania

February 19, 2019

Vice Admiral Thomas Moore

Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

February 12, 2019

Senator James M. Inhofe (R- Okla.)

Chairman - Armed Services Committee

January 29, 2019

Lieutenant General Charles D. Luckey

Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, US Army Reserve Command

January 24, 2019

The Honorable Andrea L. Thompson

Under Secretary of State - Arms Control and International Security

January 10, 2019

The Honorable Dr. Bruce Jette

Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology)

2018

December 12, 2018

Representative Adam Smith (D-WA)

Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee

October 17, 2018

Senator Jack F. Reed (D-R.I.)

Ranking Member, Armed Services Committee

October 12, 2018

(Special "Hurricane Michael" briefing)

General Joseph L. Lengyel

Chief of National Guard Bureau

October 10, 2018

General Robert B. Neller

Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

October 4, 2018

The Honorable Thomas B. Modly

Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy

September 20, 2018

Mr. Kelly K. McKeague

Director - Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

September 7, 2018

The Honorable Andrea L. Thompson

Under Secretary of State - Arms Control and International Security

August 29, 2018

Dr. Mark T. Esper

Secretary of the Army

August 2, 2018

General Carlton D. Everhart II

Commander, Air Mobility Command

June 28, 2018

General James M. Holmes 

Commander, Air Combat Command

June 12, 2018

Senator David A. Perdue (R- GA)

Senate Armed Services Committee

June 7, 2018

Admiral Kurt W. Tidd

Commander, United States Southern Command

May 24, 2018

Lieutenant General Steven L. Kwast

Commander, Air Education and Training Command

May 15, 2018

General Ellen M. Pawlikowski

Commander, Air Force Materiel Command

April 24, 2018

The Honorable Patrick M. Shanahan

Deputy Secretary of Defense

April 11, 2018

Admiral Paul F. Zukunft

Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

April 4, 2018

The Honorable Daniel Coats

Director of National Intelligence

March 29, 2018

General David L. Goldfein

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force

March 27, 2018

UK Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. Sir Gordon Messenger

&

UK Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Mr Stephen Lovegrove

March 14, 2018

Dr. Jason Matheny

IARPA Director

March 7, 2018

Czech General Petr Pavel

Chairman, NATO Military Committee

March 1, 2018

Dr.  Steven H. Walker

DARPA Director

January 30, 2018

General Paul J. Selva

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

January 23, 2018

Lieutenant General Charles D. Luckey

Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General

January 16, 2018

Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX)

Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

2017

November 30, 2017

Representative Adam Smith (D-WA)

Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee

November 15, 2017

The Honorable Ryan McCarthy

Acting Secretary of the Army

General Mark A. Milley

Army Chief of Staff

Daniel A. Dailey

Sergeant Major of the Army

November 9, 2017

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)

U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee

November 1, 2017

General Gus Perna

Commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command

October 25, 2017

Czech General Petr Pavel

Chairman, NATO Military Committee

October 12, 2017

Major General Stephen Farmen

Commander, U.S. Army Security Assistance

September 19, 2017

General Joseph Lengyel (USAF)

Chief, National Guard Bureau

September 1 – Transition from Center for Media and Security to George Washington University Project for Media and National Security, School of Media and Public Affairs

April 12, 2017

Admiral Paul F. Zukunft

Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

April 5, 2017

General Carlton D. Everhart II

Commander, Air Mobility Command

March 27, 2017

General Thomas D. Waldhauser, USMC

Commander, United States Africa Command

March 22, 2017

Senator John McCain (R) - AZ

Chairman, Senate Committee on Armed Services

and

Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX)

Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

February 7, 2017

General David L. Goldfein

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force

February 1, 2017

Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis

Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps

January 11, 2017

The Honorable Ray Mabus

Secretary of the Navy

2016

December 20, 2016

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow

Former Deputy Secretary General of NATO (February 2012 to October 2016)

December 12, 2016

Lieutenant General Charles D. Luckey

Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command

October 26, 2016

General Joseph L. Lengyel

Chief of the National Guard Bureau

October 20, 2016

Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono

Director, Defense Health Agency

October 12, 2016

The Honorable Daniel R. Russel

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

U.S. Department of State

October 5, 2016

Lieutenant General Jeffrey S. Buchanan

Commander, United States Army North (Fifth Army)

August 30, 2016

Lieutenant General Robert S. Walsh

Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command

Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration

August 18, 2016

Lieutenant General Nadja Y. West

Surgeon General of the United States Army

Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command

July 7, 2016

Lieutenant General William J. Bender

Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer

Office of the Secretary of the Air Force

July 6, 2016

Congressman Adam Smith (D) - WA

Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee

2015

December 8, 2015

General Vincent K. Brooks

Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific

December 3, 2015

Dr. William J. Perry

Former Secretary of Defense

November 20, 2015

General David M. Rodriguez

Commander, U.S. Africa Command

November 18, 2015

General Lori J. Robinson

Commander, Pacific Air Forces

Air Component Commander, U.S. Pacific Command

November 10, 2015

General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle

Commander, Air Combat Command

November 4, 2015

Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia

(until October 31, 2015)

October 29, 2015

Senator Tim Kaine (D) - VA

Member, Senate Armed Services Committee

October 22, 2015

Admiral Cecil D. Haney

Commander, United States Strategic Command

October 14, 2015

Lieutenant General Perry L. Wiggins

Commander, United States Army North (Fifth Army)

October 1, 2015

Lieutenant General Robert P. Otto

Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance,

United States Air Force

August 13, 2015

Lieutenant General Jeffrey W. Talley

Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command

July 9, 2015

Congressman Adam Smith (D) - WA

Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee

June 30, 2015

General David G. Perkins

Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

June 9, 2015

John F. Sopko

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

May 28, 2015

General Raymond T. Odierno

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

May 19, 2015

Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis

Deputy Commandant for Aviation, United States Marine Corps

April 28, 2015

General John E. Hyten

Commander, Air Force Space Command

April 8, 2015

General Mark A. Welsh, III

Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force

March 17, 2015

Lieutenant General Ben Hodges

Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe

February 25, 2015

The Honorable John M. McHugh

Secretary of the United States Army

February 19, 2015

Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster

Deputy Commanding General, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine

Command; and Director, Army Capabilities and Integration Center

February 3, 2015

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R) - VA

Chairman, Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee

House Armed Services Committee

January 27, 2015

Lieutenant General Stephen W. Wilson

Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command

January 22, 2015

Congressman Mac Thornberry (R) - TX

Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

 

2014

December 4, 2014

General Paul J. Selva

Commander, U.S. Transportation Command

November 19, 2014

Lieutenant General Ellen M. Pawlikowski

Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition

November 18, 2014

John F. Sopko

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

October 29, 2014

Lieutenant General Frank G. Klotz, USAF (Ret)

Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security and

Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration

Department of Energy

October 16, 2014

Major General Walter E. Piatt

Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe

Commander, U.S. Army NATO

October 2, 2014

General Knud Bartels

Chairman, NATO Military Committee

September 30, 2014

The Honorable Ray Mabus

Secretary of the Navy

September 24, 2014

Senator Carl Levin (D) - Michigan

Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

September 19, 2014

General Raymond T. Odierno

Chief of Staff, United States Army

July 23, 2014

General Dennis L. Via

Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command

July 15, 2014

Congressman Rob Wittman (R) - VA

Chairman, Readiness Subcommittee

House Armed Services Committee

June 26, 2014

Lieutenant General Kenneth J. Glueck, Jr.

Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration

Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command

Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command

June 18, 2014

The Honorable Deborah Lee James

Secretary of the Air Force

June 12, 2014

Vice Admiral Mark D. Harnitchek

Director, Defense Logistics Agency

May 21, 2014

Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert

Chief of Naval Operations

May 9, 2014

The Honorable Rose Gottemoeller

Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security

U.S. Department of State

May 1, 2014

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow

Deputy Secretary General of NATO

April 29, 2014

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R) - VA

Chairman, Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee

House Armed Services Committee

April 11, 2014

Lieutenant General John E. Wissler

Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force

April 8, 2014

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

Commandant, United States Coast Guard

March 11, 2014

The Honorable Eric Fanning

Under Secretary of the Air Force

February 27, 2014

Senator James M. Inhofe (R) - OK

Ranking Member, Senate Armed Services Committee

Congressman Buck McKeon (R) - CA

Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

February 6, 2014

Congressman Adam Smith (D) - WA

Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee

January 31, 2014

The Honorable Dennis M. McCarthy

Chairman, National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force

2013

November 19, 2013

General Frank J. Grass

Chief, National Guard Bureau

November 13, 2013

General Mark A. Welsh III

Chief of Staff, United States Air Force

September 11, 2013

Senator Carl Levin (D) - Michigan

Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

August 29, 2013

Stuart W. Bowen, Jr.

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

July 29, 2013

General Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle

Commander, Pacific Air Forces

Air Component Commander, U.S. Pacific Command

July 24, 2013

General C. Robert Kehler

Commander, U.S. Strategic Command

June 26, 2013

General James F. Amos

Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

June 13, 2013

The Honorable Ray Mabus

Secretary of the Navy

June 4, 2013

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R) - VA

Chair, Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee

House Armed Services Committee

May 22, 2013

Rear Admiral Charles D. Michel

Director, Joint Interagency Task Force South

May 7, 2013

General Raymond T. Odierno

Chief of Staff, United States Army

April 30, 2013

The Honorable John M. McHugh

Secretary of the United States Army

April 23, 2013

The Honorable Michael B. Donley

Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

April 18, 2013

Major General Charles M. Gurganus

Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward and

Commander, Regional Command (Southwest)

Brigadier Stuart Skeates

Deputy Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward

April 11, 2013

General Paul J. Selva

Commander, Air Mobility Command

March 26, 2013

Major General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.

Representative to the Quadrennial Defense Review, U.S. Marine Corps

March 15, 2013

Major General Steven L. Kwast

Director, Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review

March 12, 2013

Colonel Rebecca Porter

Chief, Behavioral Health, Office of the Army Surgeon General

U.S. Army Medical Department

February 22, 2013

Ambassador Johnnie Carson

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs

U.S. Department of State

February 15, 2013

Congressman Buck McKeon (R) - CA

Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

February 6, 2013

Lieutenant General James M. Kowalski

Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command

January 17, 2013

General William L. Shelton

Commander, Air Force Space Command

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