Attendee Administrative Information

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1. Event Information:

  • Registration is required and on Day 1 (7 April) will be conducted at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC). Registration on subsequent days will be conducted at Bliss Hall. USAWC Strategy Conference events will be held in the following locations on Carlisle Barracks:
  • *U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center - Open Session, Registration, and Tour
    * Bliss Hall (keynote address and panel discussions) - Open session and Registration.
    * Quarters 1 - Commandants Reception
    * Letort View Community Center (LVCC) (reception, banquet and lunches) - Reservations required.

2. Dining Information:

  • Meals selected during online registration can be paid for at conference check-in. Payments for meals can be made with cash, check or credit card.
  • Travelers on government orders should not claim a separate conference fee.
  • The cost of food and beverages are not reimbursable for government employees who are not on travel orders.
  • While there is no requirement to utilize the food and beverage services provided by LVCC, please be aware that there are no other convenient places to get coffee, snacks or lunch without missing conference events.

  • Day 1 - Tuesday, April 7:
    Commandant-hosted Ice Breaker Reception on April 7 at 6:00 - 8:00PM. This event is free. However, due to limited seating a reservation is required. A cash bar will be available at this event.
    Day 2 - Wednesday, April 8:
    Luncheon Speaker at the LVCC on April 8 at 11:30 - 1:00PM
    Home-style Luncheon Buffet = $35.75 (price includes mid-morning and afternoon coffee/tea/snack breaks)
    Banquet and Keynote at LVCC on April, 8 at 7:00 - 9:00PM
    For $35.65, dinner choices are:
    • Black Angus Flat-iron Steak
    • Chicken Oscar
    • Vegetable Lasagna
    Day 3 - Thursday, April 9:
    Luncheon Speaker at the LVCC on April 10 at 11:30AM - 1:00PM
    Boxed Lunch with Turkey and Ham Sub-sandwich - $30.80 (price includes mid-morning and afternoon coffee/tea/snack breaks)

    3. Conference Registration Information:

    Conference attendees will receive the following information/items at Registration:

    • Conference program and Agenda
    • Biographical sketches of panelists/speakers
    • Shuttle bus schedule
    • Name tag - Please wear name tag at all times for access to all functions.
    • Information about U.S. Army War College (USAWC) and Carlisle Barracks

    4. Lodging:

    Carlisle Barracks is conveniently located within a short distance from numerous hotels and motels. Please contact the hotels below to make room reservations.

    Recommended Hotels:

    Comfort Suites:
    10 South Hanover Street
    Carlisle, PA 17013
    Phone: (717) 960-1000

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites:
    1152 Harrisburg Pike
    Carlisle, PA 17013,
    Phone: (717) 240-0080

    Reservations for blocked rooms need to be made by March 15. The group name when making a reservation is the 'US Army War College Strategy Conference'. After March 15, the hotels will release the blocked rooms to the general public. Please note that there is no on-post billeting available.

    5. Transportation:

    Transportation to and from theConference:

    • Transportation to and from the reserved conference hotels will be provided prior to and following all scheduled conference events.
    • Because of limited parking at Carlisle Barracks, it is highly recommended that all attendees use the shuttle service.
    • A bus schedule from the hotels will be provided in the conference packet at Registration.

    6. Security:

    Conference attendees must present the following forms of identification when entering Carlisle Barracks:

    • Photo I.D.
    • Conference attendees driving to Bliss Hall must show their driver's license, car registration and proof of vehicle insurance.
    • Due to heighted security, vehicles may be inspected.

    7. Attire:

    Conference Sessions:

    • Military - Class B Service Uniform
    • Civilian - Business Casual (coat) for gentlemen and comparable attire for ladies


    • Civilian - Business Casual


    • Civilian - Business Casual (coat) for gentlemen and comparable attire for ladies

    8. Administrative Support:

  • Please contact the Strategic Studies Institute staff for administrative support during conference hours in Bliss Hall. At all other times during normal business hours, the staff will be located in Building 47.

  • For a complete list of Strategic Studies Institute personnel, consult the Directory of Specialists.

  • To contact the Academic Engagement Office, please call (717) 245-4073.
  • 9. IT Information:

  • Outgoing faxes can be sent by the SSI Staff located in the Bliss Hall foyer.

  • Use of laptop computers is authorized in Bliss Hall during the conference. There will be a reserved area in the rear of the auditorium for individuals wishing to take notes on their laptop computers during the conference.

  • Wi-Fi will be available for attendees.
  • 10. Foreign Nationals and Representatives of a Foreign Interest.

    Foreign nationals who are employed by a foreign government must have applied to the Department of the Army Foreign Visits Office through the Defense Attaché's Office at the local U.S. Embassy pursuant to attending the conference. The visit request must have been submitted at least 30 days prior to the date of this conference. Foreign nationals who are not employed by a foreign government can pursue normal procedures to access the United States. All Foreign Nationals, regardless of foreign government employment, must contact us announcing their intention to attend the event. They must also present their passports to gain entrance to the Carlisle Barracks.

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About the Conference
Each year, approximately two hundred participants engage in collegial debate concerning some of the most pressing and perplexing national security issues of the day. Panels are comprised of three to five distinguished experts who frame the discussion and facilitate a spirited Q&A session. The event is open to the public and all are invited to attend.
Conference Fees
While all attendees must register, the conference is free to attend. Optional catered social events require a paid reservation. For additional information, please see the conference registration page.
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XXV Conference
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Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power 2008 Conference
18th Annual Strategy Conference