Breaking the Mold Workshop

Breaking the Mold workshop is intended as a functional “experiment” in a top-down approach to generating novel ideas that “break the mold of conventional thinking” concerning necessary changes in the national security plans, processes and organization of the United States.

Mr. Thomas B. Modly, 33rd Undersecretary of the Navy, addresses attendees of "Breaking the Mold; A Workshop on War and Strategy in the 21st Century" held in Newport, Rhode Island.
Mr. Thomas B. Modly, 33rd Undersecretary of the Navy, addresses attendees of "Breaking the Mold; A Workshop on War and Strategy in the 21st Century" held in Newport, Rhode Island. The purpose for the two-day workshop, sponsored by the Under Secretary of the Navy, is to engage top minds within the U.S. Navy and private sector academic and business partners on ways to address future scenarios U.S. Military forces may face based upon current and emerging technology and new concepts in maritime and conventional warfare. (U.S. Navy photo by Edwin L. Wriston/Released)

About the Breaking the Mold workshop

The objective of the workshop was to generate actionable recommendations that would “break the mold” of current U.S. national security plans and processes. These recommendations are intended to be briefed to selected decision makers and to be used for additional analysis by U.S. Naval War College faculty members.

Participants are invited on the basis of their expertise in national defense issues; their leadership, operational or analytical experience within the Department of Defense, Department of State or other agencies or academic institutions; and their community reputations as creative thinkers.

Past Breaking the Mold workshops

To view our previous Breaking the Mold workshops and learn more about topics our experts have discussed, please follow the link below.

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