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Press Release | April 9, 2014

UK and US Military Leaders Participate in New Annual Forum


Contact: Daniel Magalotti
Acting Public Affairs Officer
National Defense University

(Washington DC) Military leaders from the United Kingdom and United States will meet this week at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington to discuss common strategic policy challenges and develop lasting relationships, to symbolize the enduring military partnership between the US and the UK. This is the inaugural meeting of the UK-US Military Leaders Forum and will be held from 6-10 April 2014.

Envisioned last year by General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and General Sir Nicholas Houghton, the UK Chief of Defence Staff, this will be the first annual meeting of senior British and American military leaders. It will be held by the US National Defense University in cooperation with the British Royal College of Defence Studies. Twenty-four British and American senior officers will attend, representing all branches of each nation's armed forces.

The group will use this opportunity to discuss common strategic policy challenges and consider emerging trends in the Middle East and North Africa regions, particularly the implications of rapid social and political change across the region. The group will study the issues together through a series of lectures, discussions and exercises. Following the forum, participants will brief their findings to the US and UK Combined Chiefs Conference in June.

The US and UK Combined Chiefs Conference is an annual meeting of the heads of the UK and US armed forces. It follows last year’s historic gathering of UK and US service Chiefs in Washington, DC for the first time since 1948. This year’s meeting will be held in the UK.

For more information about British participation in the UK-US Military Leaders Forum, please contact Kelly Hysan, Communications Manager, British Embassy at 202-518-7521 or

NDU is the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader development, and scholarship. The University provides rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world. For more information about the National Defense University, please contact: Daniel Magalotti, Acting Public Affairs Officer, at 202-685-3140 or