Past Event / May 17, 2011

U.S. Engagement in the World: Economic Growth & National Security

About the Event:

On May 17, 2011, the USGLC was on the road in Columbus, Ohio, hosting a lunch for 80 top military, business and community leaders. Keynoted by Lt. Gen. Daniel Christman, the afternoon discussion focused on both the national security and the economic importance of a strong and effective International Affairs Budget.

Despite the rainy weather in Columbus, the scene at the Athletic Club was bright. We were delighted to host top political leaders like former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown. Also a special thanks to the staff members who attended from the office of Senator Rob Portman.

The crowd was engaged as General Christman discussed his experiences in the U.S. Army, beginning at West Point, and then at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Speaking of the importance of our civilian-led tools in today’s complex and dangerous world, Gen. Christman said “what is increasingly recognized is that you can’t do it with boots on the ground alone. Smart Power complements boots on the ground with diplomats and with development.” He also discussed the critical economic importance of international trade and exports, especially for a state like Ohio, noting, “We have roughly 50 million American workers, which comprises almost 40 percent of our labor force, that is directly or indirectly associated with companies that engage with overseas markets.”

The event was a great success, with a wonderful showing from our State Advisory Council in addition to lots of new faces, who are now ready to become advocates for smart power in Ohio.


Lt. Gen. Daniel Christman, USA (Ret.)
Senior Counselor to the President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Russell P. Austin
Senior VP, Battelle Memorial Institute
Board, Columbus Council on World Affairs


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