Women in Combat: Where They Stand

Section 1

Welcome
Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Women in International Security

Women in Services Review
Defense officials will provide an update on where they stand with full combat integration.
Juliet Beyler, Director of Officer and Enlisted Personnel Management, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Maj Gen Jacqueline Van Ovost, Vice Director of the Joint Staff

 

Section 2

Getting Standards Right
Military organizations have taken different approaches to setting and validating occupational combat standards. This panel will compare and contrast various approaches and examine the importance of leadership, oversight and transparency in the organizational change process.
Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President, National Women’s Law Center
Honorable Carolyn Becraft, Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs
Ellen Haring, Senior Fellow, Women In International Security
Sue Jaenen, Manager – Human Performance, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command

 

Section 3

Expanding the Band of Brothers
Unit culture and cohesion have often been advanced as reasons for excluding women from fighting units. This panel will discuss current research on cohesion along with the   role that leadership and training play in expanding conceptions of group identity.
Michael Breen, Executive Director, Truman National Security Project
Dr. Megan McKenzie, University of Sydney
Dr. Robert Egnell, Georgetown University
Captain John Rodriguez, US Army National Guard
Mary Beth Bruggeman, Executive Director, The Mission Continues

 

Section 4

The Ground Truth: Firsthand Accounts of Women in Combat
Author Gayle Lemmon will discuss her new book “Ashley’s War.” The book chronicles one of the first teams of Army women imbedded in the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Servicewomen will discuss their experiences as part of the Cultural Support Teams.
Gayle Lemmon, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Segeant First Class Meghan Malloy, US Army, Cultural Support Team 2013
Captain Annie Kleinman, US Air Force, Cultural Support Team 2012
Captain Janiece Marquez, US Army, Cultural Support Team 2010 

 

Section 5

A View from Congress
Members of Congress have been closely following and tracking combat integration. Two members will talk about Congressional interest and oversight.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ)