24 Sep 2018 11:30 : Council of Former Federal Executives (COFFE) fall luncheon: Tribalism, Diplomacy and American Foreign Policy

Council of Former Federal Executives (COFFE) announces its opening fall luncheon.  All are welcome.

Tribalism, Diplomacy and American Foreign Policy

With Career Ambassador Robert M. Beecroft

When:  September 24, 2018

Time:    11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Where: The Holiday Inn, Westpark

              1900 Fort Meyer Drive, Rosslyn, VA

Cost:    Pay at the Door; $25 for members; $30 for non-members, as well as, for anyone who has not paid dues for calendar 2018. Dues can be paid at the door or by sending a check to the treasurer.  See membership form at end of newsletter for address.

Parking: Vouchers will be provided to attendees at the sign-in table.

Metro:   1 ½ blocks to Rosslyn station

No Shows will be asked to reimburse COFFE.  If you need to cancel your reservation please notify robert@amylamb.com <mailto:robert@amylamb.com>  by Wednesday morning, September 19, 2018.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman asserts that the politics reigning over “tribalized” societies is “‘rule or die’ — either my tribe or sect is in power or we’re dead.”

Career Minister-Counselor (Ambassador) Robert M. Beecroft, served in Sarajevo, leading the Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with a civilian and military staff of eight hundred people from thirty countries. He observed first-hand the tribal battle that had taken place between these two countries and Serbia.  There are those who say that U.S. politics is now infected with tribalism.  And all too often, U.S. foreign policy fails to recognize the tribal nature of the country it is dealing with.

Ambassador Beecroft has had a world-wide career.  He served overseas as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Jordan and Burkina Faso; Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Mission to NATO (Brussels); political officer at Embassies Cairo, Bonn and Paris; State Department advisor-expert on the SALT TWO strategic nuclear arms control negotiations in Geneva; Special Assistant to the American Ambassador to France; and Deputy Political Advisor to Supreme Allied Commander Andrew Goodpaster at NATO military headquarters (SHAPE) in Belgium.

His Washington assignments included Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Senior Coordinator for Bosnian Implementation, Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, and as a Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington.

He also served as a Supervisory Senior Inspector in the Office of the Inspector General, leading inspections of U.S. diplomatic operations in Kuwait, Syria, Taiwan, Vietnam, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and five geographic and functional bureaus in the State Department.  During the same period, he also conducted independent studies for the American Academy of Diplomacy and the U.S. Institute of Peace, focusing on the professional education and training of American diplomats and the use of Special Envoys in conflict diplomacy.

Amb. Beecroft is the recipient of two personal Superior Honor Awards, four group Superior Honor Awards, and numerous Performance Awards and Meritorious Step Increases.  He is a 1988 graduate of the National War College and was a member of the Fortieth Senior Seminar at the Foreign Service Institute (1997-98).

Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught American civilization and English language at the Lycée d’État Fustel de Coulanges in Strasbourg, and French and German language at the University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph’s University and Germantown Academy in Philadelphia.  He served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a medical corpsman and Civil Affairs officer

Amb. Beecroft is fluent in French, German, Norwegian and Danish, and conversant in several other languages.  He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, the American Foreign Service Association, the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, the American Council on Germany, the Association of the U.S. Army, the Army Civil Affairs Association, and the Cosmos Club and Army and Navy Club of Washington.

He received a B.A. and M.A. in French at the University of Pennsylvania.  He also studied in Paris at the Sorbonne, in Munich at the Goethe-Institut, and on the postgraduate level at the University of Strasbourg.

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25 Sep 2018 : Dreamforce 18

Four days of inspiration, giving back, and having the time of your life with fellow Trailblazers — that only begins to describe the most innovative software conference in the world. With 2,700+ sessions to help every role in every industry succeed, opportunities to get hands-on with the latest product innovations, and thousands of Trailblazers to learn from, Dreamforce is not to be missed. Register now to lock in your spot and blaze your trail to the best Dreamforce ever.

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25 Sep 2018 08:00 : No Time to Wait: Part II Release Event

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From the event page:

The federal government faces enormous challenges. The costs for failing to keep up could undermine the government’s ability to govern, and that would mean a government that is too costly, too ineffective, too unresponsive, and too unaccountable. Finding the right solutions will require understanding the right problems—and in devising strategies that will focus most on high-value solutions that are most likely to ensure the government can serve the people. We need a government that can move at the speed of technology, or those who drive the technology will write the rules that everyone else will need to live by.

In 2017, we released No Time To Wait, the first of our series of reports on the future of the federal public service. We argued that the steps forward need to build on a three-legged stool: mission first, principles always, and accountability for both. In this second report, we build on the framework of the first report, with more-detailed recommendations—and with an even greater sense of urgency. If there was no time to wait in 2017, there’s even less time to wait now.

The event will be led by a panel of federal human capital experts. 

This work was funded by the Volcker Alliance and the Samuel L. Freeman Charitable Trust, and the event is sponsored by Management Concepts. We thank these three firms for their continued contributions to the future of public service.

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26 Sep 2018 : Dreamforce 18

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27 Sep 2018 : Dreamforce 18

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