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Dr. Kenneth Sewell attends National Security Forum


Vice President for Research Kenneth Sewell joined 160 civilian leaders who attended the 63rd annual National Security Forum at the Air War College (AWC). Sewell and other civilians in attendance were invited by the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, who delivered the forum’s keynote address.

Sewell joined business, education and government leaders from across the United States May 3-5 to meet with senior military leaders to explore national and international security issues and share ideas and perspectives on strategic defense. The forum was held at Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air War College, the senior professional development school in the Air Force officer education system. AWC educates senior officers to lead at the strategic level. Although the AWC emphasizes the mission of the Air Force (which includes air, space, and cyberspace), its students include leaders from all US military branches as well as those from allied countries.

“This was a rare opportunity to discuss our country’s current and future strategic security priorities with some of the best minds in our US and allied military branches,” said Sewell. “This enables me to help build OSU’s research portfolio in a way that better aligns with and supports national security.”

In addition to the address by Secretary James, Sewell attended lectures by current and retired Air Force generals, a CIA liaison, and AWC faculty. He also participated in seminar discussions with AWC students and forum attendees to analyze and strategize based upon the knowledge gained. In reflecting on the experience, Sewell remarked, “I left the forum energized by the high level of discourse, impressed with the talent and thoughtfulness of our military leaders, and motivated to help OSU make a difference in this important arena.”