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Great Decisions Lecture Series: Rick Devereaux on Defense Budget and Global Engagement Priorities
March 7, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm$10
The Great Decisions Lecture Series is organized by the World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association of America.
Rick will speak on March 7th giving his lecture, Defense Budget and Global Engagement Priority, in Brevard College’s McLarty-Goodson, Room 125.
Cost: $45 per person for the 6 lecture series or $10 per person for a single lecture. (Seating is limited) Register here.
The global power balance is rapidly evolving, leaving the United States at a turning point with respect to its level of engagement and the role of its military. Some argue for an “America First” paradigm, with a large military to ensure security, while others call for a more assertive posture overseas. Some advocate for a restoration of American multilateral leadership and a strengthened role for diplomacy. Still, others envision a restrained U.S. role, involving a more limited military. How does the military function in today’s international order, and how might it be balanced with diplomatic and foreign assistance capabilities?
Major General Rick Devereaux graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978 and completed a 34-year career in the Air Force before moving to Asheville in 2012. While in the military, he piloted the C-5 Galaxy and KC-135 Stratotanker, commanded two wings, and served four tours at the Pentagon including his last assignment as the Director of Operational Planning, Policy, and Strategy for the Air Force. Rick is currently the Executive Vice President for Texzon Technologies and continues to do independent consulting work for the defense industry. He serves on the boards of several local and national non-profits including the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia.