Hard Power and Hard Choices: Maintaining Military Readiness

On Wednesday, March 1, the Clements Center for National Security and the Alexander Hamilton Society at UT-Austin will host Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, for a talk on "Hard Power and Hard Choices: Maintaining Military Readiness." Join us at 12:15 pm in SRH 3.122 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Mackenzie Eaglen is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she works on defense strategy, defense budgets, and military readiness. She is also a regular guest lecturer at universities, a member of the board of advisers of the Alexander Hamilton Society, and a member of the steering committee of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security. She is also one of the 12-member US Army War College Board of Visitors, which offers advice about program objectives and effectiveness.

While working at AEI, Ms. Eaglen served as a staff member on the National Defense Strategy Commission, a congressionally mandated bipartisan review group whose final report in November 2018, “Providing for the Common Defense,” included assessments and recommendations for the administration. Earlier, Ms. Eaglen served as a staff member on the 2014 congressionally mandated National Defense Panel and in 2010 on the congressionally mandated bipartisan Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel. 

Before joining AEI, Ms. Eaglen worked on defense issues in the House of Representatives, in the US Senate, and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff.

A prolific writer on defense-related issues, Ms. Eaglen has been published in the popular press, including in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and War on the Rocks. She has also testified before Congress.

Ms. Eaglen has an MA from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a BA from Mercer University.

Registration is not required for this event. For more information, contact Elizabeth Doughtie at elizabeth.doughtie@utexas.edu.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 12:15pm to 1:30pm

The LBJ School of Public Affairs, SRH 3.122

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