With the world now over 50% urban and becoming more urbanized every day, these urban agglomerations, defined by the UN as having a population of over 10 million, are solidifying their dominant role on all things that shape the lives of the entire planet: innovation, education, culture, interconnectivity, development, political and economic activity, and more. Yet with the good, there is also the bad. The rapid growth to over 30 Megacities today continuing to over 40 in 2030 leads to intense competition for resources and space, overtaxing governments and leading to social and economic disparity. This sets conditions such as creating non-governed areas and slums; exacerbating “class” and nationality differences, fostering dissent and social unrest which can be capitalized on by bad actors to gain control over segments of the population. Over the past decade, the US Army has engaged in studies, exercises and applied expertise to the topic of dense urban areas so the United States can better organize, train and equip their military and other tools of government to better engage and operate in this environment should the need arise. This panel is part of the overall continuing effort to better understand and produce positive outcomes in future engagement in megacities.
This complimentary panel will take place on Monday, 9 November at 2:00 PM EST
- Ted Brewer, Senior Vice President, Institute for Defense and Business
- General Vincent K. Brooks, USA (Ret): Former Commander of United States Forces, Korea, United Nations Command, and ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command, and previously the Commanding General of US Army Pacific. He is a principal with WestExec Advisors, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on several boards, and a Senior, Distinguished, and Executive Fellow at Harvard, the University of Texas and the IDB, respectively.
- Ambassador (Ret) Johnnie Carson: A retired Foreign Service Officer who has served as United States Ambassador to several African nations. He also served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. He is currently a senior advisor at the Albright Stonebridge Group and the United States Institute for Peace.
- Colonel Patrick J. Mahaney, Jr., USA (Ret): A Special Forces Officer, served as Director of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group, a Military Fellow at and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has held a range of combat command and operational assignments. He is currently the Director and Co-Founder of the National Center for Urban Operations and an Honorary FDNY Chief.