Professional Development Workshop

An American Perspective on ‘Grand Strategy’ - what, when, how, and why not?

Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby,
Senior Vice President, The Hudson Institute (Washington DC)

Wednesday 30 October 2013
Lakeside Ballroom, Rydges Lakeside Hotel, Canberra, ACT

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The Professional Development Workshop will be led by Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby. From 2001 to 2005, Mr Libby was the Chief of Staff and National Security Advisor to the Vice President, and Assistant to the President. He has previously served in the U.S. Department of Defense and the State Department.  He will draw from his decades of experience in the American government to open discussions with an American perspective on ‘Grand Strategy’: what role it has played in American thinking from WWII to the end of the Bush Administration, how it has been developed or neglected in the American context, and why today’s planning environment and current trends in policy structures may pose particular challenges for American strategists.

This workshop is open to all Kokoda Foundation members; and national security officials, individuals and students. The workshop will be conducted under the spirit of The Chatham House Rule.


I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby is the current Senior Vice President at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. From 2001-2005, he was Chief of Staff and National Security Advisor to Vice President Richard B. Cheney and Assistant to the President. In these roles he attended nearly all National Security Council and Homeland Security Council meetings and participated in numerous high level meetings, at home and abroad, with foreign government and U.S. officials. Libby's responsibilities covered a broad range of topics, including those related to U.S. National Security Strategy, the response to the 9/11 attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the broader War on Terror, the Israeli-Palestinian dispute and Middle East matters, East Asian security, U.S. relations with Russia, Central and Western Europe, Homeland Security organization, Domestic Preparedness and response to attacks involving weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. economic and energy-related issues.

From 1998-99, Libby served as the Legal Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives' Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the Peoples' Republic of China, commonly known as the "Cox Committee." From 1989 to 1993, during the George H. W. Bush administration, Libby served in the United States Department of Defense as Principal Deputy Under Secretary (Strategy and Resources), and later was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. He first entered government service with the Department of State in 1981 as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the Secretary. From 1982 to 1985 he served in the Department of State as Director of Special Projects in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. During these years he had extensive experience with U.S. national security issues relating to Asia.

Libby is leading a major project for the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessments on improving the country’s strategic planning processes and outcomes.

Event Information:
Date:   30 October 2013
Venue: Rydges Lakeside Hotel Canberra
1300 for 1330 -1700


Kokoda members - $70
Officials and individuals - $90
Students - $70

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Past Workshops

Why Strategy Matters

Wednesday 14 November 2012
Federation Ballroom, Hyatt Hotel, ACT

The 2012 Professional Development Workshop was led by Ms Susan Eisenhower. She discussed the characteristics of strategic thinking and why strategic thinking is critical to successful public policy. Ms Eisenhower applied her extensive experience as a member of blue ribbon task forces including those which have evaluated the future of the US nuclear energy program and non-proliferation programs in Russia. Ms Eisenhower also drew on her extensive knowledge of US/Russian relations especially in space.

Workshop Leader

Ms Susan Eisenhower

President, The Eisenhower Group

Susan Eisenhower is President of the Eisenhower Group, Inc, which provides strategic counsel on political, business and public affairs projects. She has consulted for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies doing business in the emerging markets of the former Soviet Union and for a number of major institutions and companies engaged in the energy field. Eisenhower also serves as Chairman of the Eisenhower Institute’s Leadership and Public Policy Programs, where she was the Institute’s founding director and the first president and became known for her work in the former Soviet Union and in the energy field.

Defining Strategy

Our professional development workshop is designed primarily for participants in our Professional Development and Training Program and for Young Strategic Leaders.  From the basis of their experience, our speakers focussed on the question, "What is strategic thinking?".  They explored how the concept of strategy and strategic thinking is changing and if it is a result of the impact of ubiquitous mobility and a 24 hour media cycle.  They discussed the impact of technology/social media on the brand of the individual told stories and shared vignettes on the successes and pitfalls of their own careers,

The workshops was facilitated by the Kokoda Foundation Board of Directors and senior American guests. 

Workshop 1:

Keynote speaker: 

Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen
Marine Corps Forces Pacific
U.S. Pacific Command

Other speakers:
  • Lieutenant General Wallace “Chip” Gregson (USMC, Ret.)
  • Dr Andrew Krepinevich, President, Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Washington DC
  • Professor Michael L'Estrange AO, Director, National Security College (TBC)
  • VADM (Rtd) David Shackleton AO, Director Kokoda Foundation
Facilitators for the break out sessions
  • Dr James Clad, Senior Adviser for Asia at the Center for Naval Analyses
  • AVM (Rtd) Peter Nicholson AO, Kokoda Foundation
  • Mr Chris Myers, Lockheed Martin
  • Mr Tom Oles, Lockheed Martin
  • Mike Steinmetz, Northrop Grumman

Workshop 2:

Keynote speaker: 

Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen
Marine Corps Forces Pacific
U.S. Pacific Command

Other speakers:
  • Lieutenant General Wallace “Chip” Gregson (USMC, Ret.)
  • Dr Ralph Cossa, President, Pacific Forum CSIS
  • Mr Stanley Roth, Vice President of International Government Relations, Boeing Corporation
    Former Assistant Secretary of State for Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • VADM (Rtd) David Shackleton AO, Director Kokoda Foundation
Facilitators for the break out sessions
  • Dr James Clad, Senior Adviser for Asia at the Center for Naval Analyses 
  • AVM (Rtd) Peter Nicholson AO, Kokoda Foundation
  • Mr Stanley Roth, Boeing Corporation
  • Dr Ralph Cossa, President, Pacific Forum CSIS
  • Dr Tom Mahnken, Jerome Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security Strategy & Policy, U.S. Naval War College

Please note that all applications to attend the Closed Workshop will be reviewed by the Board of the Kokoda Foundation, which retains absolute discretion on whether individual applications are accepted. If you would like to seek special consideration to attend this workshop please contact the Kokoda Foundation Manager.

DeclarationDeclaration of confidentiality

To attend you will be asked to accept this declaration of confidentiality

I understand that the Chatham House Rule will apply to all presentations and discussions at  Kokoda Foundation Closed Workshops and Young Srategic Leaders' Congresses. I acknowledge that whilst I may take away and repeat elsewhere the general content of the discussions, I will not, under any circumstances, attribute specific remarks, views or issues to any individual at the event. I agree to abide by both the letter and the spirit of this rule.

Options for Enhancing Trilateral Security Cooperation
in the Western Pacific

 November 2010

Options for Japan to Enhance Defence and Security Cooperation in the Western Pacific
Mr Takashi Shiraishi, Executive Member, Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office, Japan

Ralph Cossa, President Pacific Forum CSIS

Options for Australia to Enhance Defence and Security Cooperation in the Western Pacific

Dr Margot McCarthy, Deputy National Security Advisor, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Professor Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security and former President of the National Defence College

Options for the United States to Enhance Defence and Security Cooperation in the Western Pacific
General John F Newell III, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Asia, United States Joint Staff

Mr Chikao Kawai, Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary, Japan

The Scope for Enhanced Defence and Security Cooperation Between the United States, Japan and Australia in the Western Pacific

Derek. J Mitchell, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and Pacific Security Affairs

Mr Nobushige Takamizawa, Director-General Operational Policy, Ministry of Defence, Japan

Peter Jennings, Deputy Secretary Strategy, Department of Defence, Australia

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