Remaining competitive is important for America to endure the Long War. New technologies are constantly being developed all across the world that have long term effects on weaponry and war. What steps does America need to take in order to stay ahead on the development of new technology? What role does funding play within the support of technological competitiveness? Join the Heritage Foundation and their panel of experts as they discuss funding, visa policies, and leading research initiatives for American science and technology as it applies to national security.
This panel features Marlene Johnson (Executive Director and CEO at NAFSA: Association of International Educators), Clarence W. (Wes) Kitchens (Technical Fellow at the Science Applications International Corporation) and Kei Koizumi (Director of Research and Development Budget and Policy Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science).
Dr. James Carafano
An accomplished historian and teacher, Dr. Carafano was an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. and served as Director of Military Studies at the Army's Center of Military History. He also taught at Mount Saint Mary College in New York and served as a fleet professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He is a visiting professor at the National Defense University and Georgetown University.
Dr. Carafano is a member of the National Academy's Board on Army Science and Technology, the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee, and is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute.
John Hilboldt oversees Heritage's Lectures and Seminars Program which annually hosts over 100 public programs at the Foundation's headquarters.
Before becoming Director of Lectures and Seminars, he served for four years as Deputy Director of Coalition Relations, editing two issues of the Policy Experts guide and its accompanying policyexperts.org web directory as well as coordinating other outreach endeavors.
Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Young Britons' Foundation of London.
Marlene Johnson is executive director and chief executive officer of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world's largest membership organization of professionals in the field of international educational exchange. NAFSA's 8,500 members work in 2,500 institutions, which educate approximately 90 percent of the half-million foreign students and scholars in the U.S. and are responsible for arranging international study experiences for more than 125,000 U.S. students each year.
Clarence W. Kitchens
Dr. Kitchens is the Munitions Manager and Lead for the Networked Lethality Key Performance Parameter (KPP) for the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS).
Previously he was Vice President, Hicks and Associates (subsidiary of SAIC), and the Director/Chief Scientist of the DoD Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center operated by the IIT Research Institute.
He retired in 2000 from a Department of Defense civilian career after holding Senior Executive Service positions as Principal Deputy for Technology, Army Materiel Command; Director for Weapons Technologies, Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering; Director of the Army Benet Laboratories; Director of the ARL Transition Office, Army Research Laboratory; and Chief, Terminal Ballistics Division, Army Ballistic Research Laboratory. He served in the Army Ordnance Corps from 1970-1972, reaching the rank of Captain.
He currently serves on the National Academies Board on Army Science and Technology, SAIC Executive Science and Technology Council, National Defense Industrial Association Ballistics Division and the AIAA Weapon Systems Effectiveness Technical Committee and was previously a member of the AIAA Honors and Awards Committee and the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee.
Kei Koizumi is director of the Research and Development Budget and Policy Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His expertise is in the areas of federal budget, science and technology funding in the U.S. and especially the federal government, and local impacts of federal Research and Development funding.
Koizumi has been the principal budget analyst and writer for the annual AAAS reports on federal funding for research and development since 1995. He is responsible for the continually updated analyses of the federal investment in Research and Development on the AAAS website and the annual reports, the latest being AAAS Report XXIX: Research and Development FY 2005 and Congressional Action on R&D in the FY 2004 Budget.
Koizumi received his M.A. from the Center for International Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at George Washington University and received his B.A. from Boston University in Political Science and Economics.