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RNDF 2018

November 30, 2018 - December 1, 2018

Mission Statement

The Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF) brings together leaders and key stakeholders in the defense community - including members of Congress, military leaders, industry, scholars, and administration officials - to address the health of our national defense and stimulate discussions that promote policies to strengthen the U.S. military. In an era of geopolitical uncertainty where the threats to our national security are increasing in number and complexity, RNDF annually convenes leaders in the defense community to discuss and debate how best to deal with these challenges. Though President Reagan left office many years ago, the United States military continues to benefit from his commitment and vision for a strong defense. Recognizing that today’s decisions will affect our military capabilities for years to come, RNDF charges leaders from current and past Administrations and Congress to look beyond the immediate issues facing our armed forces and explore how we can build peace through strength for the future.

“First held in 2013, in a short time, it [RNDF] has become the premier conference on the full range of U.S. security issues. The Reagan Forum is as important for the U.S. national security community as the Munich Security Conference is to those involved in international security or the World Economic Forum (Davos) is to the global finance and trade community.” - RealClear Defense, December 1, 2017

Honorary Steering Committee

Congressman Mac Thornberry
Honorary Chairman

The Honorable Ash Carter The Honorable Sam Nunn
The Honorable Robert Gates The Honorable Leon Panetta
The Honorable Chuck Hagel Senator Jack Reed
The Honorable Duncan L. Hunter The Honorable Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.
Reagan Foundation Trustee
Senator James M. Inhofe The Honorable George Shultz
Reagan Foundation Trustee
The Honorable Ann McLaughlin Korologos
Reagan Foundation Trustee
Congressman Adam Smith
Senator John McCain The Honorable John Warner
The Honorable Howard P. “Buck” McKeon The Honorable Pete Wilson
Reagan Foundation Trustee


2018 Agenda

The Reagan National Defense Forum opens on Friday, November 30th with a Welcome Reception from 5:15 PM to 7:00 PM.  

On Saturday, December 1st, RNDF starts at 7:30 AM with the breakfast panel session, continued by simultaneous morning and afternoon panel sessions, a keynote luncheon, and closing session remarks from a Department of Defense official.  The Forum begins at 7:30 AM and will conclude at approximately 5:45 PM 


Attendees and speakers from the key communities that shape our national defense, which include Members of Congress, the civilian and military leadership of the Department of Defense, former officials, thought leaders, defense industry representatives, and members of the press. All Saturday, December 2nd Forum sessions are open to the press.

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Tickets and Registration

The Reagan National Defense Forum is a private event hosted by the Reagan Foundation and is by invitation only.  

For inquiries to attend RNDF, please email 

Become a Sponsor

The Reagan Foundation creates multi-faceted programs, events and exhibits through: The Center for Public Affairs; The Annenberg Presidential Learning Center / Air Force Once Discovery Center; The Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum; The Archives at the Reagan Library; and The Air Force One Pavilion at the Reagan Library. Our mission and work would not be possible without the help of generous supporters of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bob Cochran at (202) 595-6371 or by email,

“A summit [featuring] much soul-searching about America’s current role in the Middle East and beyond among officials and analysts from both inside and outside the administration.” - Washington Times

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