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Sagamore National Security Conference

at the University of Notre Dame

August 12-13, 2024
University of Notre Dame
America faces a more complex, more volatile and more dangerous threat environment than anything we have seen since the Cold War. State and nonstate actors are developing tech-enabled weaponry and assaulting the global commons from the seas to space to cyberspace. The inaugural Sagamore National Security Conference at the University of Notre Dame will bring together policymakers, researchers, senior military officers, industry executives and technology leaders to discuss our response to current and emerging threats and the critical role of Midwest companies and institutions in global security and innovation.
The Sagamore National Security Conference is unique in its location and composition. The Midwest is known for its advanced manufacturing capabilities and the University of Notre Dame is a leading research institution developing new technologies and the next generation of leaders to shape the future of global security. The Midwest is also known for its practicality and commitment to service. The Sagamore National Security Conference will feature prominent experts and leaders who recognize the importance of the Midwest to national security and who are committed to collaborative solutions to our most pressing problems.

Conference Hosts

The Honorable Dan Coats

Trustee and Co-founder | Sagamore Institute

Jeff Rhoads

Vice President for Research | University of Notre Dame

Jerry Hendrix

Senior Fellow | Sagamore Institute

Speakers and Panelists

Joe Donnelly

Former United States Ambassador to the Holy See and Senator for Indiana

Robert O'Brien

Former National Security Advisor of the United States

Russell Rumbaugh

Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller)

Todd Young

United States Senator for Indiana

Jordan Blashek

Co-founder and Managing Director | America's Frontier Fund

Elbridge Colby

Co-founder and Principal | The Marathon Initiative

Asad Malik

Chairman and CEO | iRocket

Zachary Mears

Senior Vice President | Anduril Industries

Jamie Jones Miller

CEO and Regional Dean | Northeastern University - Arlington Campus

Mark Montgomery

Senior Fellow | Foundation for the Defense of Democracy

Morgan Ortagus

General Partner | Mare Liberum Capital

Jennifer Stewart

Executive Vice President for Strategy and Policy | National Defense Industrial Association

Mark Vandroff

Chief Executive Officer | Fincantieri Marinette Marine

Chip Walter

Partner and Managing Director | Marlinspike Partners

George Whittier

Chief Executive Officer | Fairbanks Morse Defense

Monday, August 12th | 6:00-8:00 PM

  • Welcome Reception

Tuesday, August 13th | 8:00 aM-4:00 PM

  • Welcoming Remarks

  • Morning Keynote Address

  • Panel: The Long View on National Security Strategy

  • Lunch Keynote Address

  • Panel: Defense Industrial Base

  • Panel: Defense Tech Innovation

  • Afternoon Keynote Address

  • Closing Remarks

Lodging Information

Attendees may book hotel rooms directly at one of the following locations.
1399 N Notre Dame Ave
South Bend, IN 46617
(574) 281-9988
1140 E Angela Blvd
South Bend, IN 46617
(574) 400-2600
1220 East Angela Blvd
South Bend, IN 46617
(855) 516-1090
1404 Ivy Court
South Bend, IN 46637
(888) 325-2647