A Conversation with Our Troops: United States Army War College Eisenhower Speakers College Program


Thursday, April 11, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Taubman 520, Nye A, Taubman Building 5th Floor, Harvard Kennedy School

army war college

12:00-2:00 p.m.
Taubman 520, Nye A
Harvard Kennedy School


A Veterans Impact Day program co-sponsored with the Defense Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.


Please join the Defense Project & Center for Public Leadership in welcoming the United States Army War College Eisenhower Speakers College Program back to Harvard Kennedy School. A panel of five students and a faculty member from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA will be speaking on Thursday, April 11th from 12:00-2:00pm in Nye A. The purpose of this event is to encourage dialogue on national security and public policy between the military, students, and the public.


The visitors are part of the Eisenhower Speakers College Program, a fifty-year-old outreach effort by the Army War College to university and community audiences around the nation. Each year, selected students travel nationwide to strengthen connections between the American military and the society it serves. The team members, who are being prepared by the War College to serve in senior military and policy positions, will speak briefly on current topics of strategic interest, and then have an informal Q&A with the audience. For this event, the speakers and their intended topics for speaking include:


  • COL LESKYS, VYLIUS M ACTIVE AR 6 SF: "The Challenge of Finding Volunteers for the All-Volunteer Force"
  • Lt Col MENDONCA Jr, ELVINO M USMC 15 IN: "Artificial Intelligence and the Changing Character of War?”
  • LTC RENDON, ANDREW S ARNG 15 AVL: “Policy Implications of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems"
  • Lt Col TOFTE, STEVEN E USAF 6 AVR: "The $1,200 Coffee Cup...An Air Force Officer's 25,000 Foot View"


Moderated by:

Major General William Rapp, USMA, Retired

Lecturer in Military Affairs, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Harvard Kennedy School


This event is open to the public. Please register using this link. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Questions? E-mail Caitlin Chase.