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Thursday, 22 October 2015 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA. 

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Keith W. Dayton

Director, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Germany

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Keith W. Dayton is director, of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.  He is responsible for orchestrating resident courses, outreach programs and an international interagency network of more than 8,000 government officials throughout Europe, Eurasia, Central Asia and South East Europe in fields of international security studies, defense and foreign affairs. 

He retired from the U.S. Army active duty December 1, 2010, as a lieutenant general after more than 40 years of service.  His last assignment while on active duty was as U.S. security coordinator to Israel and Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem.

A foreign area officer by training, General Dayton studies at the U.S. Army Russian Institute in Garmisch.  His assignments in that field included politico-military staff officer for the Army in Washington D.C; U.S. defense attaché in Russia; and deputy director for politico-military affairs, Europe and Africa, for the J-5 division of the joint staff in Washington D.C.

General Dayton also worked as Director for Operations and Director for Human Intelligence (HUMINT) for the Defense intelligence Agency in Washington D.C., including duty director of the Iraqi Survey Group for Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq; and went on to direct the strategy, plans and policy division for the Department of the Army before his assignment to Jerusalem in December, 2005.

General Dayton earned a senior service college fellowship to Harvard University, and served as the senior Army fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

His military awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster.

General Dayton has a bachelor of arts degree in history from the College of William and Mary, a master's degree in history from Cambridge University, and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Southern California.  He speaks Russian and some German. 

Kurt Marisa, Colonel, USAF (ret.)

President, FAO Association

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2015 Call for Civil Affairs Issue Papers

“Civil Affairs: A Force for Engagement and Conflict Prevention”

Civil Affairs (CA) has long been a major national strategic capability that helps transition from conflict to peace. Increasingly, however, CA is being required to engage partners to bring together whole-of-nation elements in emerging security cooperation and security assistance operations performed by General Purpose Forces in Regionally Aligned Force and “building partner capacity” missions as well as by Special Operations in “persistent engagement.” In conjunction with Military Information Support and Information Operations (MISO/IO) as well as Foreign Area Officers (FAOs), CA comprises the only part of the Joint Force specifically suited for Peace & Stability Operations under Joint Stability Operations Doctrine and the U.S. Army Functional Concept for Engagement. Especially in Phase 0 (Shape and Influence), they can contribute to conflict analysis, including sources of illicit power and the distribution and use of political power, in order mitigate the drivers of instability and not just threats. But how as such does CA contribute to conflict prevention, in coordination with MISO/IO and FAOs as well as an array of government, non-government, and private sector civilian partners and regional and multilateral organizations? What CA capabilities are required to support engagement in these ways?

The Civil Affairs Association and its partners are therefore reaching out to experienced civil-military operators to contribute to that discussion by preparing a short Civil Affairs Issue Paper (10 pages, 1.5 or double-spaced, or less) explaining their recommendations on some or all of the above questions, with additional consideration of Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities and Policy (DOTMLPF-P), as writers deem appropriate.

The Civil Affairs Association will publish the top five Issue Papers and publish them in the 2015-16 Civil Affairs Issue Papers at the Spring 2016 Roundtable. However, it will select the top three papers, likewise based on originality of thought, clarity of presentation, and feasibility of recommendations, for presentation and final voting by participants at the Civil Affairs Symposium in San Antonio, TX this fall.

First prize is a cash award of $500; second prize is $250; and third prize is $100. The deadline for submission of papers is Friday, 14 August 2015. Send the papers to Colonel (ret.) Christopher Holshek, Civil Issue Papers Editor, at For further information and updates, consult the Civil Affairs Association website:

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