defense affairs committee quarterly program

Introduction to the National Security Policy Center at UVA 

January 27, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Join the Charlottesville Chamber's Defense Affairs Committee (DAC) for its first meeting of 2022!

Attendees will learn more about the National Security Policy Center at the Frank Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership, a hub for training, research, and engagement on pressing issues in US national security policy. We'll also get a brief overview of the Commonwealth’s newly appointed Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs and what we might expect from that office. 

Introduction to the National Security Policy Center at UVA 

Thursday Jan 27, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST via Zoom

Presenting Speakers

The Honorable George Foresman, NSPC Executive Director 

As the NSPC Executive Director he supports U.S. national security leadership and engagement activities. Throughout his bipartisan career, Foresman has held positions with five Democratic and Republican Governors as well as two U.S. Presidents. Virginia’s homeland security secretary, Foresman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security. 

Foresman continues to strengthen U.S. national security through on-going formal service to America as a DoD senior advisor and adjunct university professor on national security. As part of a select group, he prepares senior military and civilian leaders to transition into top leadership positions as well as guide U.S.-led multinational efforts on global and outer-space security. 

Foresman is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and the Virginia Executive Institute 

Phil Potter, NSPC Founding Director 

Philip Potter is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Politics at University of Virginias and the Founding Director of the National Security Policy Center. He specializes in foreign policy and international relations. 

His research focuses on foreign policy, international security & terrorism, and militant violence. He is a principal investigator for a Department of Defense Minerva Initiative project to map and analyze collaborative relationships between terrorist organizations. 

He has recently published articles in International Organization, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Annual Review of Political Science, among other journals.  

He has been a fellow at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania and holds degrees from UCLA and McGill University.