Aspen Institute and Defense One to Host Panel Discussion, “Beyond the Draft: Rethinking National Service

November 18, 2015


Contact: Tara Maller
The Franklin Project
The Aspen Institute
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Aspen Institute and Defense One to Host Panel Discussion, “Beyond the Draft: Rethinking National Service”

Panelists include Gen (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, the Honorable Michèle Flournoy and Congressman Seth Moulton. 

WHAT: The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, in partnership with Defense One, will be hosting a panel discussion titled, “Beyond the Draft: Rethinking National Service,” at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, on November 30, 2015.

The panel will feature General (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, who is the Chair of the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute. The Franklin Project aims to make a year of national service a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for all young Americans. He will be joined by the Honorable Michèle Flournoy, CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and Congressman Seth Moulton. Executive Editor of Defense One Kevin Baron will moderate the discussion. Prior to the panel, there will be short remarks by Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson and Franklin Project Associate Director for Strategic Communications Tara Maller.

The panel will explore the Franklin Project’s national service vision as it relates to national security and foreign policy issues more broadly. The panel will look at how a culture of universal national service here at home can impact perceptions of America overseas, assist in bridging the military-civilian divide and build a stronger talent pool. As our nation heads into election season, the Franklin Project and Defense One aim to amplify the conversation around national service and the role it can play in strengthening our country and our national security.

The event is invite only, but will be available via livestream from 9:30 AM to 11 AM:


  • General (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, Chair, The Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute and Co-Founder of McChrystal Group. 
  • The Honorable Michèle Flournoy, CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy 
  • Congressman Seth Moulton, 6th District, Massachusetts 
  • Kevin Baron, Executive Editor of Defense One

WHEN: Monday, November 30, 2015, 9:30 – 11:00 AM EDT. 

WHERE: The Aspen Institute, 1 Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036

Follow the conversation live via Twitter at @FranklinProj, @AspenInstitute, and @DefenseOne, and join the discussion using #Service2015.

Press and cameras are welcome at event and a Q&A will follow. Space is limited to members of the press who RSVP. To register, please email:

The Franklin Project is an initiative by the Aspen Institute to marshal the best case for a voluntary civilian counterpart to military service in the United States. At the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival, General Stan McChrystal called for large-scale civilian national service to engage more Americans in serving community and country. The Franklin Project believes national service can and should become a common expectation and common opportunity for all Americans to strengthen our social fabric and solve our most pressing national challenges. To realize this vision, the Franklin Project engages outstanding Americans from the private sector, higher education, government, the military, the faith community, the philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations, to develop innovative policy ideas and to build momentum around advancing a new vision of civilian service for the 21st century. For more info, visit

Defense One is Atlantic Media’s site covering the new era of national security with breaking news, analysis and bold ideas.  The site delivers news, breaking analysis and ideas on the topics and trends that will define the future of U.S. defense and national security. Our editorial approach is to cover the people and forces shaping a new era into a 21st century global security landscape and inform national security professionals, stakeholders and citizens with what they “need to know.” Defense One is a property of Atlantic Media, whose mission is to inform, elevate and challenge the national discourse. It is produced by Government Executive Media Group.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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