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Great Decisions: Defense Technology

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book and television series administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association.  The Great Decisions program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Great Decisions provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue and serves as the focal text for discussion groups.  In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, this year's discussion group will meet every other Monday afternoon at 1:00 pm. 


The first discussion will cover everything from robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing and human enhancement. New “game-changing” technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality – all during an age of fiscal austerity. But in wrestling with the new, we can actually learn a great deal from the past. Our forebears went through similar challenges with such once fanciful but now normal concepts as airplanes, submarines, and tanks. What are the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them? 


The speaker for the first discussion is Lieutenant Colonel Doyle Tuisl, a 21 year member of the Army Reserves, of which the last 10 years were on active duty. His last assignment on active duty was with the United States Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, where he served as the Deputy Chief of Operations and as the Program Manager for the Palestinian Authority Presidential Guard, responsible for integrating all US-sponsored organizational development activities and providing training and mentorship to senior Presidential Guard leadership. He is currently a student at the Army War College and a reserve battalion commander in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to serving on active duty, he worked for 10 years in the manufacturing industry in operations management and industrial/manufacturing engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters of Business Administration, Western Michigan University.



Sessions are as follows:


~ Monday, March 10 at 1:00 pm: Defense Technology  ~ Monday, March 24 at 1:00 pm: Israel and the U.S.  ~ Monday, April 7 at 1:00 pm: Turkey’s challenges  ~ Monday, April 21 at 1:00 pm: Islamic awakening  ~ Monday, May 5 at 1:00 pm: China's Foreign Policy  ~ Monday, May 19 at 1:00 pm: Food and Climate  ~ Monday, June 2 at 1:00 pm: Energy Independence

~ Monday, June 16 at 1:00 pm: U.S. trade policy


Cost: $10 per individual session or $40 covers all eight sessions.  Registration begins February 1.  REGISTER ONLINE or send a check to World Affairs Council of Hbg/Walnut St. & N. 4th St/ 234 Strawberry Square/ Harrisburg, PA 17101.  Sponsored by Friends of Fredricksen Library.





Monday, March 10, 2014 - 1:00pm

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