What does Texas think? A UT in DC Dialogue with the Defense Community

UT in DC Forum: A Dialogue with the Defense Community and What does Texas think?
University of Texas institutions are primed to address the national defense issues of our time through collaboration, technology and research

The University of Texas System is pleased to announce its UT in DC forum on Higher Education’s Leadership Role in the Defense Enterprise. This forum is focused on strategic issues affecting the national security and defense domain in which universities and academic health institutions play a vital role in developing the future workforce and technical and research capabilities for the public and private sectors of our nation.  Forum presenters will include leaders from the intelligence, health and biosecurity, and crisis management communities.  As one of the nation’s largest university systems, The University of Texas System and its 14 institutions are committed to a national dialogue that promotes greater insight into understanding how academic partnerships and innovation initiatives can address not only "What does Texas Think" but how Texas, in association with others, can have a transformational impact on our nation and world.    

Attendees have the option to register for individual sessions, the reception, the lunch, or the full day.


 7:15 AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – Opening Remarks by Chancellor William McRaven

8:30 AM – Vice Chancellor Bill Shute discusses The University of Texas System's Defense and National Security capabilities

Session I:  Building Academia into the Intelligence and Cyber Tapestry

8:45 AM – The Imperative for Scholarly Dialogue with National Security Professionals    

        Moderator:  Dr. William Inboden, Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair,                                                                     Clements Center for National Security, at The University of Texas at Austin

9:15 AM – Texas Rising: Panel on Diverse and Relevant Talent for 21st Century Workforce Needs

       Moderator:  Associate Vice Chancellor Anthony Cucolo, Associate Vice Chancellor for Leadership                                            Development and Veterans Affairs at The University of Texas System

  • Dr. Clark Penrod, Executive Director of Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Roger Gonzalez, Professor of Engineering Education and Leadership at The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Ms. Lisa Adams, Director of the Military and Veteran Center at The University of Texas at Dallas
10:00 AM – Break

Session II:  A National Perspective on Health and Biodefense Sciences: Civil-Military Intersections

10:15 AM – Session Overview
10:35 AM – The Unknown Daily War in America: Panel on Civilian-Military Biodefense Programs

                      Moderator:  Dr. James LeDuc, Director of the Galveston National Lab at the University of Texas                                               Medical Branch

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. John Fischer, Director of the Chemical Biological Defense Division, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Homeland Security
11:15 AM – Health Initiatives Driving National Innovation: Panel on Military/Civil Synergies

                     Moderator:  Dr. Byron Hepburn, Director of the Military Health Institute at The                                                                           University of Texas Health at San Antonio

  • Professor Scott Wallace, Managing Director of the Value Institute for Health and Care, The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
  • Dr. Alexander Vo, Vice President of Telemedicine and Health Services Technology at The University of Texas Medical Branch

12:00 PM – Buffet Lunch Served

12:30 PM: Lunch Keynote with The Honorable General Joseph F. Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1:15 PM – Break

Session III:  Crisis Management and Readiness

1:30 PM – A Reflection on Recent History; The Impacts of Zika, Ebola, and Hurricane Harvey

                    Moderator:  Dr. David E. Daniel, Deputy Chancellor of The University of Texas System

       (speakers to be announced)

2:15 PM – Break

Session IV:  President’s Panel- A Conversation with UT System Institution Presidents and their Perspectives

2:30 PM – Presidents from The University of Texas System Institutions: Impacts of Defense  Research

        Moderator:  Dr. David E. Daniel, Deputy Chancellor of The University of Texas System

3:00 PM – Break

Session V:  Integrating Academic Innovation with Defense Needs

                   Moderator: Dr. Dale Klein, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Office of                                                  Academic Affairs, The University of Texas System

3:15 PM – Speaker: Mr. Charles C. Herndon, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of White House Information Technology
4:00 PM – New Models and Initiatives to Support Collaboration Between Academia and Government
  • Mr. Sean Singleton, Director of Business Development, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental
5:15 PM – Closing Remarks

5:30 PM – Reception