Much has been made of the development and deployment of advanced anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities—ranging from mines to missiles—in the Asia Pacific region. Legitimate concerns have been raised about future war-fighting challenges and America’s ability to project naval power in the Western Pacific. Meanwhile, U.S. allies are acquiring similar A2/AD capabilities. When fully matured, what will these defense initiatives mean for U.S.-China relations? Are we headed toward defensive equilibrium or an inevitable imbalance?
In an effort to address these questions, the Charles Koch Institute is hosting a lunch discussion with Eugene Gholz, associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. His remarks will connect technological developments in A2/AD to the ongoing strategic rebalancing across the Pacific region. Will Ruger, vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute will moderate the conversation and facilitate Q&A.
William Ruger, vice president for research, Charles Koch Institute and Foundation
Ruger was previously an associate professor in the political science department at Texas State University. He earned a doctorate in politics from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary. He has written numerous books and articles, and his scholarship has appeared in publications such as International Studies Quarterly, Civil Wars, and Armed Forces and Society. He has been interviewed frequently for television and radio, appearing on MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business, and he has written op-eds for a number of newspapers. He is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and an officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserve Component).
Eugene Gholz, associate professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin
Gholz works primarily at the intersection of national security and economic policy. From 2010 to 2012, he served in the Pentagon as senior adviser to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, where he led initiatives to better understand the complex defense supply chain and apply that understanding in the budget process. He also focused on policy regarding the reimbursement of industry’s independent research and development expenditures. From 2007 to 2010, he directed the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ master’s program in global policy studies. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He is the co-author of two books: Buying Military Transformation: Technological Innovation and the Defense Industry and U.S. Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy. He is also a research affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and associate editor of the journal Security Studies. He has a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.