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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host the launch of Johns Hopkins APL’s paper, ‘A Preface to Strategy: The Foundations of American National Security,’ December 11 in Washington, DC

The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host the launch of “A Preface to Strategy: The Foundations of American National Security,” the latest paper by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).
Co-authored by the 11 Johns Hopkins APL senior fellows, the paper describes how a new global strategic environment should change premises that strengthen American strategies and advocates for the constant, energetic, and imaginative enhancement of the strengths from which American power derives.
Key points from the paper:

  • Strategic reviews and documents have been unsatisfying, in part because they focus on inferring requirements for investment and operational concepts on the basis of current and projected threats.
  • Many old premises for strategic thinking have been undermined with broad implications for government institutions and future strategies.
  • Focus should be placed not on the strengths of opponents but on seven American strengths that are foundational to the nation’s security: our values, system of governance, human capital, geography, economics, position in a favorable international order, and military and intelligence capabilities. 

Johns Hopkins APL Senior Fellows
Richard Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy
Avril Haines, former Deputy National Security Advisor
Jim Miller, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
Robert Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense
Time and Date
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event selecting "Media" on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 9:30am – 10:30am.

Media Contact
Geoff Brown
Johns Hopkins APL
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About Johns Hopkins APL 
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About 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.
For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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