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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “The State of the U.S. Air Force: A Conversation with General David L. Goldfein” on July 21


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host “The State of the U.S. Air Force: A Conversation with General David L. Goldfein” webinar on July 21. The virtual event hosted by the school’s Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies will focus on the U.S. Air Force’s modernization efforts and the importance of addressing threats from Russia and China. General Goldfein is the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
General Goldfein will join, Mara Karlin, director of the Merrill Center and the school’s Strategic Studies program, to discuss preparedness of the force, improving diversity within its ranks, and ongoing development of the U.S. Space Force.


Gen. David L. Goldfein
Chief of Staff, U. S. Air Force


Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS


Mara Karlin 
Associate Professor of the Practice of Strategic Studies
Director, Strategic Studies and Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Time and Date

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
This webinar is open to the public and media, with registration.

Media Contacts

Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas 
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620

About the Speaker

Gen. David L. Goldfein is Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. As Chief of Staff, he serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of 685,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council, and the President. Prior to assuming his current position, General Goldfein was the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, where he presided over the Air Staff and served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group. Before serving as the Vice Chief, General Goldfein was the Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, VA. General Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MQ-9, and MC-12W. He flew combat missions in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom.

Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies operates as a center for strategic thought and education. It explores the relationship between politics and the many kinds of military power — from the use of terror by small, non-state groups, to the threatened use of nuclear weapons — aiming to promote dialogue and innovative research on pressing national security issues.

Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. 
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