Panels and presentations occur most every day in Washington, DC. Venues include the National Press Club, Army Navy Club, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Brookings Institution and Heritage Foundation. This section presents selected events which relate to national security, foreign affairs, entertainment, and overall freedom of the press.
General David Petraeus highlighted his new book, "Conflict, The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine" at the Army Navy Club, DC on 20 November 2023, with question and answer session following.
“In Conflict, distinguished authors David Petraeus and Andrew Roberts show us how to think clearly about the present and future through examination of the past. They reveal continuities in the nature of war and changes in the character of warfare since the end of World War II. Conflict sheds light on today’s conflicts as well as the path to restore peace, prevent conflict, and secure a better future for generations to come. This is a book to read and discuss. We must not allow its lessons to lie inert within its cover.” — Lt General H.R. McMaster, US Army (Ret.); 25th U.S. National Security Advisor
During the conversation, Gen. Petraeus emphasized the need for strategic leadership, for which there are four tasks, as follows:
- Ability to grasp the overall strategic situation - get the “big ideas” right.
- Communicate the “big ideas” with stakeholders.
- Oversee implementation of the big ideas (relentlessly).
- Determine how the big ideas need to be refined, adapted and augmented.
Secretary McDonough delivered remarks at the National Press Club on November 8, 2023 on Veterans and the implementation of the 2022 PACT Act, which expands health care benefits for veterans. Click below to watch on C-Span.
Following his remarks, Secretary McDonough answered written questions from the audience and reporters. Topics addressed included building trust with the Veterans Administration, workforce challenges, modernization efforts, and the impact of the PACT Act on eligible veterans and their families.
Ken Burns, the award-winning documentary filmmaker, joined moderator Marvin Kalb for the 101st edition of The Kalb Report streaming online on Monday, July 27, at 1 p.m.
Burns, an Emmy-Award winning documentarian, is known for such films as “The Civil War,” “Jazz,” “The Statue of Liberty,” “The Vietnam War,” and “Baseball.” Through chronicling, he provides context and perspective on the cultural, political and racial challenges we face today.
Marvin Kalb said. “For forty years, he has examined every aspect of American life—from racial crises to baseball, from war to country music. I'm looking forward to talking with this exceptional historian, as eloquent with words as he is with pictures.”
Is America headed for—or perhaps already in—a constitutional crisis fueled by highly partisan politics? Is this endangering our democracy? If so, where do we go from here?
The first forum in the 26th season of The Kalb Report (and the 100th program in the series) tackles these questions as well as examine who we are as a country today, how we are influencing the world and whether the current administration is an anomaly or represents a dramatic shift in our ideology.
Joining moderator Marvin Kalb is NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams and George Washington University Constitutional Law Professor and CBS News Analyst Jonathan Turley.
Scott Pelley has been a reporter and photographer for more than 45 years. He is best known for his award-winning work as a 60 Minutes correspondent and as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 2011 to 2017. Pelley’s work has been recognized with three duPont-Columbia Awards, three Peabody Awards, and 37 national Emmy Awards bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2016, he received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Cable News Network (CNN) Correspondent Barbara Starr, interviews Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, Merdian International, DC, 14 May 2019, providing an inside look into the United States Armed Forces.
With Connie Chung, National Press Club, Washington, DC.
With Maury Povich, National Press Club, Washington, DC
Joined Connie Chung and Maury Povich at the National Press Club Legends Dinner, 17 April 2019. Married since 1984, the Veteran Broadcasters reflected on their storied careers and today's media environment.
During his interview with Cokie Roberts on 1 April 2019, Marvin Kalb spoke with Cokie Roberts on a broad range of topics, to include democracy and the media today in 2019. She said, "Don't give up on our Democracy...It is not our job to organize people, it is our job to tell the stories that they then organize around."
Cokie Roberts is an award winning broadcast journalist and author, serving as reporter for National Public Radio and Commentator for ABC News.
Kalb Report Panel discussing journalism in the Age of Trump.
NPC Website: From the introduction of so-called “alternative facts” to charges of “fake news,” the Trump Administration has engaged in a relentless assault on the press. Journalists have responded with their own relentless coverage of an administration brimming with controversy and leaks.
How are journalists holding up under withering criticism from this administration -- criticism that has been linked to death threats and physical assaults? How are news organizations responding? Are journalists "raising the bar” in the quality of their reporting or further blurring the lines between fact, speculation and opinion?
On 1 October 2018, former Nightline Host Ted Koppel and media correspondents Brian Stelter of CNN, David Folkenflik of NPR / WBUR and Emily Rooney of WGBH Television in Boston joined moderator Marvin Kalb for a conversation on the roles and responsibilities of the press in covering the Trump White
With Veteran Reporter Bob Schieffer, at launch event for his book, Overload, held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 20 Oct 2018
CSIS Website: Overload - Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News
From the explosion of fake news to the challenges of the 24 hour news cycle, legendary journalist Bob Schieffer examines political journalism today and those who practice it. Based on interviews with over 40 media leaders, Mr. Schieffer provides an inside look at the changing role of media and asks whether today’s citizens are more informed or just overwhelmed.
Asking Marvin Kalb some further questions after the interview panel
NPC Website: Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election may be just the tip of the iceberg for a former world power that is dealing with a crumbling economy and diminished reputation on the world stage.
With Vladimir Putin’s reelection to another six-year term as president, what is the Russian leader's end game? Is Moscow trying to destabilize democracies around the world, including the mid-term elections in the U.S., in order to bolster its own self-importance? And what role is the Trump administration wittingly or unwittingly playing in Putin's plans.
On April 16, 2018, at the National Press Club, New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker, Brookings Institution President Gen. John Allen, NPR All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly and American Enterprise Institute Scholar Leon Aron joined moderator Marvin Kalb to discuss Russia, Putin and his possible Trump Card.
Meeting Jeff Fager, Producer of 60 Minutes, who discussed his new book: 50 Years of 60 Minutes
NPC Website: It's one of the most successful programs in television history, and on March 27, 2018 the 50-year history of "60 Minutes" was recognized at the National Press Club. "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Jeff Fager and Correspondent Bill Whitaker discussed the show's past and future in a discussion that was moderated by former CBS Radio Network News General Manager and NPC Board member Michael Freedman.
Former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Introduced and moderated by CSIS Director Dr. John Hamre, the topic: Breaking New Ground: Preparing DoD for the Future, 5 April 2016.