2013 MRE annual conference agenda

This event was canceled because of the partial government shutdown. (Oct. 11, 2013)

Military Reporters and Editors Conference agenda is set with almost everyone confirmed. There are few individuals we are waiting for confirmation, and will add them to the list later.


Oct. 17
Medill School of Journalism Washington Program/Medill News Service
1325 G St. NW, Suite 730
Washington, DC 20005

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Defense Compensation Reform and the Quadrennial Defense Review

David Berteau, Senior VP and Director of National Security Program on Industry and Resources, CSIS
Doug Wilson, former Pentagon press secretary, Senior Fellow in Residence, Truman Center
Moderator: Otto Kreisher, MRE Treasurer

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Opening Reception and “Authors and Agents” Panel

Reception: 6-7 p.m.

7-8 p.m. Discussion on Successful Book Publication
Mark Mazzetti, New York Times report and author, “The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army” and a “War at the Ends of the Earth”
Rafe Sagalyn, Agent at Sagalyn Literary Agency
Don North, author of “Inappropriate Conduct: Mystery of a Disgraced War Correspondent”
Michael Kranish, Boston Globe reporter and author of “Flight From Monticello”
Larry Weissman, Agent at Weissman Literary, LLC
Moderator: Bryan Bender, MRE President, Boston Globe reporter

October 18
Rayburn House Office Building
Gold Room
45 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20515

9 a.m. Welcome
MRE President Bryan Bender

9:05-10:15 a.m. The Asia-Pacific Pivot — Strategy and Force Requirements
Army Lt. Gen. James Huggins, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations U.S. Army
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, Deputy Commandant for Plans, Polices, and Operations
Air Force Lt. Gen Burton Field, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements
Navy Rear Adm. James Foggo, Navy’s Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Operations, Plans and Strategy)
Moderator: Amy McCullough, News Editor, Air Force Magazine
Moderator: Amy McCullough, News Editor, Air Force Magazine

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Keynote Address
Speaker: Liz Sherwood-Randall, Coordinator for Defense Policy, National Security Council

11:45-Noon Break/Pick Up Box Lunches
MRE Contest Awards Presentations
Bryan Bender, MRE President
Ellen Shearer, co-director, Medill National Security Journalism Initiative

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Off the Record Roundtable with Top PAOs (Lunch)
Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, Chief of Information
Air Force Brig. Gen. Les Kodlick, Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
Marine Corps Brig. Gen. John “Terry” Williams
Col. Steve Warren, Director of Defense Information, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Army Brig. Gen. Gary Volesky, Chief of Public Affairs

1:30 p.m. Break

1:45-3:15 p.m. Twice Betrayed: Military Sexual Assault
Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass.
Nancy Parrish, founder and president of Protect Our Defenders
Moderator: Sig Christenson, reporter, San Antonio Express-News

3:15 Break

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Women in Combat – An update from the services
Kayla Williams, former Army Intel Officer; author of “Love My Rifle More Than You”
Navy Cmdr. Andree “Ande” Bergmann, former skipper of the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard
Army Sgt. Jennifer Hunt, Purple Heart recipient and civilian sexual assault survivor
Moderator: Kristina Wong, National Security Reporter, Washington Times

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