January 21, 2009

2009 MilBlog Conference - Panel Topics

This year's conference will feature an eclectic mix of milbloggers who will address some very interesting topics. We added an extra hour to Saturday's schedule so that we could pack in one more panel. Below are the panels for the 2009 MilBlog Conference. Speakers will be announced as soon as they have been confirmed.

Strategy Session: A discussion on military strategy by some of the most prominent thinkers in the milblogging community. Is the War in Iraq won? If so, what now? What about Afghanistan? Plus, thoughts on the way forward in both regions with a new administration in place.

Beyond MilBlogging: Taking the blog to the next level. From book deals to paid writing assignments, documentaries, speaking engagements, television and radio appearances and much, much more, many milbloggers have been able to branch out beyond the blog. We’ll find out how a few of them did it, and what projects they have in the works.

TENTATIVE: The View From the Top: More on this panel later.

Taking Care of Our Veterans: What are the most pressing issues currently facing our veterans, and how will the policy debate be framed in 2009? Speaking of policy, what can we expect from General Shinseki and the new administration with respect to veterans issues?

Back to Our Roots: Some say the “Golden Age” of milblogging has passed. The age when milbloggers were a small, tight community and when bloggers on the front-lines and parents/spouses on the homefront were widely read throughout the blogosphere. Today, there are so many interesting milblogs which are not widely known. We'll meet some milbloggers you may or may not have heard of and get back to the finest tradition of milblogging - celebrating and highlighting the diversity of voices within our community.

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