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CSIS's Dr. Tom Karako to Speak at the 2024 Army Summit

CSIS’s Dr. Tom Karako to Speak at the 2024 Army Summit

Dr. Tom Karako, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), will speak on a panel at the 2024 Army Summit. He is known for his profound missile defense and international security expertise.

Attend the 2024 Army Summit to gain insights from Karako, who will share his knowledge as a featured panel speaker.


An Introduction to Dr. Tom Karako

Dr. Karako is a prominent figure in international security. He is renowned for his deep understanding of missile defense and strategic implications, which military and government agencies highly regard in national security discussions.

He is a senior fellow with the International Security Program and the director of the Missile Defense Project at the CSIS, roles he has held since 2014. He leads critical research in national security, missile defense, nuclear deterrence and public law, providing insightful analyses of defense policies and strategies. 

In addition to his role at CSIS, Karako is a lecturer at the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy & Technology.


Dr. Tom Karako’s Professional Background

CSIS International Security Program held a conversation on air and missile defense moderated by Tom Karako
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Before joining CSIS, Karako was a congressional fellow at the American Political Science Association congressional fellow from 2010 to 2011. During this fellowship, he worked with the House Armed Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where he managed the U.S. strategic forces policy, nonproliferation efforts and NATO relations. 

Karako holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. from the University of Dallas.


What is the 2024 Army Summit?

2024 Army Summit, June 13, 2024

The 2024 Army Summit is an annual gathering of defense industry leaders, government officials and military personnel. It serves as a platform for discussing current and future defense challenges.

Karako will share his expertise about joint and combined integrated air and missile defense in the face of evolving threat environments.

Date: June 13, 2024 (7:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m./ ET)

Venue: Hilton-McLean 7920 Jones Branch Drive McLean, VA

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Dr. Tom Karako’s Impact on GovCon

Dr. Karako’s national security influence extends significantly into the government contracting (GovCon) sector. His research and recommendations on missile defense have significantly impacted procurement and development strategies within the industry. 

In a recent interview with Defense News, Karako discussed the improvement in missile defense and emphasized the importance of adapting to new technologies. He highlighted the strategic need for advanced missile defense systems to counteract global threats.

He also shared some of his colleague Ian Williams’s reports about “Putin’s Missile War”, despite the Ukrainians’ limited air defense. 

“It is far from an integrated air missile defense as we would like. It still has a pretty good impact, and it’s been able to impede the successful suppression or the successful targeting on the part of the Russians. So the Russians have not been able to get anything like air superiority.” Karaoke said.

Moreover, Karako’s recent op-ed on Breaking Defense examined the U.S. Army’s use of the Iron Dome System. He argued that while it is adequate for Israel’s defense needs, it does not align with the Army’s integrated air and missile defense strategy due to interoperability and cybersecurity concerns. 

Instead, he advocates reallocating resources toward more suitable systems like the indirect fire protection capability (IFPC) to match the Army’s specific limitations and strategic needs. The IFPC offers kinetic and non-kinetic solutions, including interceptors like the AIM-9X and the Skyhunter, a variant of the Iron Dome’s Tamir Missile, and advanced technologies like lasers and high-powered microwaves.


Read more: Everything You Need to Know About the 2024 Army Summit

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