Reimagining US Global Leadership: Will Roper

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Join the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs for a special discussion series featuring distinguished professors of the practice and alumni leaders. Each speaker brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and approach to the subject of American international leadership in the current global climate. Learn how Georgia Tech is leveraging their experiences to position itself to address global challenges and deliver on its mission of improving the human condition.

The Georgia Tech Alumni Association is proud to host this series in partnership with the Nunn School at Georgia Tech. All events will be held virtually. Information will be updated as schedules are finalized; recordings of past events and more can be found at https://inta.gatech.edu/reimagining-global-leadership.

About the speaker:

Will Roper is the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, Roper is responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development and acquisition activities totaling an annual budget in excess of $60 billion for more than 550 acquisition programs. In this position, Roper serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for research and development, test, production and modernization efforts within the Air Force.

Prior to his current position, Roper was the founding Director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office. Established in 2012, the SCO imagines new — often unexpected and game-changing — uses of existing government and commercial systems: extending their shelf-life and restoring surprise to the military’s playbook. During his tenure as SCO Director, Roper served on the Department’s 2018 National Defense Strategy Steering Group, Cloud Executive Steering Group and Defense Modernization Team. Prior to directing SCO, Roper served as the Acting Chief Architect at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), worked at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, and served as a missile defense advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD/AT&L). Roper holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. from Oxford.

Register one time to be sent a reminder ahead of each event. All events will be held at 7 p.m.
Jan. 25 - General Philip Breedlove
Feb. 15 - Admiral Sandy Winnefeld
March 3 - Will Roper
March 15 - Sandra Magnus 
March 29 - Michele Flournoy and Senator Sam Nunn


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