The All-Volunteer Force (AVF) Forum
When the United States discontinued the draft and moved to an all-volunteer military in 1973, most political and military leaders assumed that if the United States ever fought another major, long-lasting war, the draft would be reactivated. But that did not happen. The U.S. military fought long and costly conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with an all-volunteer force, even as many service members were deployed for three and even four tours of duty.
In the wake of these conflicts, it is appropriate and useful to discuss the state of the U.S. military’s AVF. Join us for an engaging discussion as the following questions are addressed:
- How well has it worked?
- Will it work in the future?
- Is it fair, efficient and sustainable?
Those planning to attend the luncheon must RSVP as space is limited.
“The First Test of the AVF: From 2001 to the Present”
Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich, Director, PATRIOTS Program, Ohio Dominican University
“Fairness and Political Implications”
Douglas Kriner, Professor of Government, Cornell University
William Hartung, Director, Arms & Security Project, Center for International Policy
Moderator: Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne, Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, Angelo State University
Lunch - RSVP Required
Keynote: “America’s Military Reserve in the AVF Era: From Strategic to Operational”
Maj. Gen. Jeff Phillips, Executive Director, Reserve Officers Association of the United States
“The Civil-Military Gap and the AVF”
Marybeth Ulrich, Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor Chair of the Profession of Arms and Professor of Government, U.S. Army War College
“Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy”
Gordon Adams, Professor of International Relations, School of International Service, American University
Student Panel Discussion
ASU students representing:
Moderator: Dr. Randy Mullis, Chair, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies, Angelo State University