The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress convened a series of roundtable discussions with extraordinarily talented and experienced practitioners. Among them are a General who served as both CINCEUR and CINCSOUTH, a former Army Chief of Staff, a Rear Admiral who also served as Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy for CINCPAC, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense responsible for Special Operations Command's policy and resources, ten U.S. Ambassadors, a former Director General of the Foreign Service, and three former Undersecretaries of State. This report reflects their input on the difficulties presented by the changing international environment and how U.S. forward empowerment might be feasibly strengthened by synergizing between the State Department, the regional Commanders-in-Chief (CINCs), and other U.S. agencies.
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