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The All-Volunteer Force (AVF) Forum

Thursday, March 28, 2019 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free
Angelo State is excited to host the fourth AVF Forum Conference titled “The All-Volunteer Force Nears 50: History, Challenges, Sustainability and Stakeholders.”

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.

Lunch RSVP

Conference Schedule
8 a.m.


Dr. Brian May, President, Angelo State University
Dr. William Taylor, Associate Professor of Security Studies, Angelo State University

 8:15 a.m.

“The First Test of the AVF: From 2001 to the Present”

Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich, Director, PATRIOTS Program, Ohio Dominican University

9 a.m.

“Fairness and Political Implications”

Douglas Kriner, Professor of Government, Cornell University

9:45 a.m. Break
10 a.m.


Lawrence Wilkerson, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy, College of William & Mary
Danny Sjursen, U.S. Army officer and author

10:45 a.m.


William Hartung, Director, Arms & Security Project, Center for International Policy

11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne, Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, Angelo State University

12:30 p.m.

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

2:15 p.m.

“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

3 p.m.

“Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy”

Gordon Adams, Professor of International Relations, School of International Service, American University

3:45 p.m.

Student Panel Discussion

ASU students representing:

  • Student Government Association
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies
  • Air Force ROTC Det. 847

Moderator: Dr. Randy Mullis, Chair, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies, Angelo State University

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich

Registration for this event is now closed.


C.J. Davidson Conference Center, Houston Harte University Center

Event Contact

Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies
Dr. William A. Taylor