CNAS 2017 Annual Conference: Navigating the Divide

The Center for New American Security hosted its Annual Conference.

On June 28th, 2017, the Center for New American Security (CNAS) held it’s Annual Conference. Individuals gathered at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. to tune into several different National Security industry leaders delivering sessions on security-related topics. This year, the annual conference’s theme was “Navigating the Divide.” Among the hundreds of different conference goers, recently appointed CNAS Board of Director member Robert Roche, attended with his son.

To begin the day’s debates, CNAS Co-Founder and CEO Michèle Flournoy delivered welcoming remarks. She was followed by 40 different individuals who delivered their sessions in both individual and group presentations. Their discussions ranged in topic from “The Future of the West and the Transatlantic Cooperation” to “National Security in a Distracted World.” The annual conference is one of the many ways CNAS looks to further its goal of informing and preparing the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.

The goal of CNAS in holding events such as the Annual Conference is to elevate the overall U.S. national security debate by engaging policymakers, experts and the public. They will continue to facilitate national security conversations by uncovering innovative, fact-based research, ideas, and analyses in an attempt to continue to influence the national security discussion.

CNAS has thoughtfully integrated itself into the network of the United States’ policymaking community. CNAS utilizes its unique research agenda to impact the decisions leaders make in National Security to further advance U.S. interests and strategy.  By performing unprecedented research and analyses, they have attracted industry thought leaders to head their research programs, deepening their ability to shape the nation’s security.

Robert Roche joins Board of Directors of The Center for New American Security (CNAS)

The Center for New American Security announced that Robert Roche has joined the organization’s Board of Directors.

The Center for New American Security (CNAS) announced this week that Robert W. Roche, President of Roche Enterprises, has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. In his new role, Roche will join the other Board members in providing oversight as well as strategic direction for CNAS.

The Center for New American Security is a bipartisan nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.  The organization was founded in 2007, and conducts research and analysis on U.S. national security and defense policies. CNAS also provides policy recommendations to inform the decisions of the U.S. government, private sector leaders and the public. The organization engages policy experts, policymakers and the American public to elevate the national security debate and inform current and future national security leaders.

Robert Roche was selected to join the CNAS Board of Directors due to his extensive business experience and civic leadership in the U.S. and Asia. Roche has founded, invested in and helped lead businesses in U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region for more than 30 years. He has also been active in the American Chambers of Commerce of both Japan and China and represented the U.S. as a member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy from 2010-2014.

“We are excited to have Robert join our Board,” Kurt Campbell, CNAS co-founder and Board of Directors Chair stated in a press release. “Having lived in Asia for over three decades and by working diligently on both sides of the Pacific, he provides CNAS both an on-the-ground perspective and a businessman’s point of view.”

In his new role as a CNAS Board Member, Robert Roche recently published an op-ed in Newsmax arguing that economic and business ties in Asia are critical to U.S.-Asia relations.

Michèle Flournoy, Chief Executive Officer of CNAS, also stated in the press release “Robert’s experience as a global business leader will provide invaluable expertise to the CNAS Board of Directors. His insights and engagement will help CNAS have even greater impact in Asia – his particular focus – which has never been more important to U.S. interests.”