Virtual Event: Flournoy, Durnan Join Panel on Net Assessment in the 21st Century

The U.S. Department of Defense defines net assessment as “the comparative analysis of military, technological, political, economic, and other factors affecting the relative military capability of nations. It is an analysis and potential response to a what-if scenario, describing the challenges and opportunities that need attention from senior defense officials.”

The Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment, under Andrew Marshall's leadership, helped the United States achieve its priority national security goals during the Cold War era. The U.S. is now experiencing an equally tumultuous era, with new challenges and rivals.


RAND will host a virtual conversation among national security experts examining the importance of net assessment and the role it can play in U.S.-China competition.


January 10, 2023 - 4:30-5:45 p.m. ET


Michèle Flournoy, former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and cofounder, WestExec Advisors

Jaymie Durnan, cofounder and chairman of the Andrew W. Marshall Foundation

Jeffrey McKitrick and Robert Angevine, coeditors of Reflections on Net Assessment

Vago Muradian, founder and editor of Defense & Aerospace Report, who will moderate the discussion.


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