Lieutenant General Charles “Hoop” Hooper (Ret.), Former Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, leads off the Civil Affairs Association’s annual fall Symposium as keynote speaker. After opening remarks from Association President Colonel (Ret.) Joe Kirlin and a program update from Association Vice President Colonel (Ret.) Christopher Holshek, Association Vice President, the former Foreign Area Officer sets the tone with his observations on Monday, October 5th on “Beyond Random Acts of Kindness: Coordinating Military Engagement in the Era of Multi-Domain Operations.”
A member of MENSA and the Council on Foreign Relations, he will draw on well over 30 years of experience in: security policy formulation and execution; China’s military and defense industries; India’s defense sector; strategic intelligence; security cooperation; sensitive negotiations; foreign military sales; education and transformational leadership for his remarks.
Hoop is one of three distinguished senior leaders highly consequential to this year’s theme of “Civil Affairs: A Force for Influence in Competition.” Lieutenant General Jody J. Daniels, a former CA officer recently selected at 34th Chief of Army Reserve and 9th Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, will follow up with remarks on “Civil Affairs and the Future of the Army Reserve.”
Daniels is the first woman to lead the Army Reserve. During her more than 37 years of active and reserve military service, LTG Daniels has also served as Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces Command and Assistant Chief of Staff, U.S. Africa Command. In her civilian career, she was Director of Advanced Programs for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories, and has served on the Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency Information Science & Technology Review Board, the ISAT Steering Committee, and Drexel University's Computer Science Department Advisory Board.
Brigadier General Robert S. Cooley Jr., former 353rd CA Command commanding general and now U.S. Army Reserve Command Chief of Staff, will close with comments and further interactive discussion. Former USACAPOC(A) Commanding General Major General (Ret.) Daniel Ammerman facilitates the presentations and discussions.
The remainder or Day 1 features two of the four online workshop meetings, first with Civil Affairs Force Modernization Update on CA in Army and Marine Corps Initiatives, run by the Proponent at the U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center & School at Ft. Bragg, NC. The second workshop, run by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), will be the first opportunity for many to hear new Commanding General Brigadier General Jeffrey Coggin discuss his vision for going forward on command strategic initiatives for USACAPOC(A).
Registration for the Civil Affairs Association’s annual fall Symposium from Monday-Wednesday, 5-7 October 2020 is free and for any or all parts of the full program.