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Celebrating the end of combat exclusion

  • National Women's Law Center

Come celebrate the end of combat exclusion and a new era in America! Join us Thursday evening to toast the force of the future with our amazing coalition partners. 

National Women's Law Center
11 Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036

We kindly ask that guests RSVP by Wednesday December 9th. Click here to RSVP.

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Women in Combat Discussion with Rosa Brooks and Georgetown Law

  • Georgetown University Law Center

The January 1 deadline is quickly approaching for Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to make a decision on ending all gender-based restrictions or granting exceptions. Join No Exceptions and Georgetown University Law Center Military Law Society for a discussion about the issue of women in combat.

Light food will be served. A cocktail reception will follow the panel.


Professor Rosa Brooks
Professor Brooks is a professor of international and national security law at Georgetown whose academic work has included publication of “Can Might Make Rights? The Rule of Law After Military Interventions,” along with many scholarly articles in the areas of international law and human rights, law of war and post-conflict reconstruction. She has also served as a senior advisor to the State Department and as Counsel to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, where she received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Major General Finn Kristian Hannestad
As the Defense Attaché of the Kingdom of Norway to the United States, General Hannestad is the highest ranking Norwegian military officer in the US. His career in the Royal Norwegian Air Force began in 1980, five years before Norway became the first country to begin full integration of women into combat roles. Before being assigned as the Defense Attaché to the US, General Hannestad served as the Chief of Staff of the Royal Norwegian Air Force, and as Staff Officer of Internal Military Policy, where he had a firsthand view of the challenges and opportunities of integration.

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Diversifying the Force: Women in Combat and Beyond

Diversifying the Force: Women in Combat and Beyond 
Hosted by No Exceptions

When: Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 
Where: Truman HQ, 1250 I St. NW, Suite 500

Brad R. Carson, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Michael Breen, Executive Director of the Truman Project and CNP 
Rodrigo Garcia, Board Chairman of Student Veterans of America; Truman Project Partner

Lunch will be served prior to the speaking program. 

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Women in Combat: Legal Symposium

  • Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP and No Exceptions, an initiative of the Truman Project and Center for National Policy, are pleased to invite you to a special discussion on the legal issues surrounding the integration of women in combat.


The discussion will feature two cases: United States vs. Virginia, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Virginia Military Institute’s exclusion of women was unconstitutional, and Hegar v. Carter, the combat integration lawsuit currently pending in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. This event will highlight the ongoing efforts to open all combat roles to women, as well as the potential legal consequences of doing so or not doing so.  

A cocktail reception will follow the panel.


Zoe Bedell, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and plaintiff inHegar v. Carter

Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President, National Women’s Law Center

Monica Medina, former Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Ariela Migdal, Senior Staff Attorney at ACLU Women's Rights Project and counsel in Hegar v. Carter

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CNAS Event: Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) invites you to attend a book launch for New York Times bestseller Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, on Tuesday, May 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Please RSVP online here, or call (202) 457-9410.

About the Book
In 2010, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command launched a pilot program to put women on the battlefield alongside Green Berets, Army Rangers and Navy SEALs on sensitive nighttime missions in Afghanistan. The idea was that women could access places and people that had remained out of reach, and could build relationships—woman to woman—in ways that male soldiers in a conservative, traditional country could not.  Though they remained officially banned from combat, female soldiers could be “attached” to different teams, and for the first time, women throughout the Army, National Guard and Reserves heard the call to try out for this special ops program that would show them the kind of combat seen by less than five percent of the entire U.S. military. 

Each had her own story, her own reason for wanting to, as the recruiting poster advertised, “be part of history,” serving alongside America’s finest fighters.  

In Ashley's War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses on-the-ground reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women hand-picked from the Army, and the remarkable hero at its heart: 1st Lt. Ashley White, who would become the first Cultural Support Team member killed in action and honored on the Army Special Operations Memorial Wall of Honor alongside the men of Ranger Regiment with whom she died on mission.  She would also become the first female to be remembered on the National Infantry Museum's Memorial Walk, though women still today cannot officially serve in the infantry.

Transporting readers into this little-known world  of fierce women bound together by valor, danger, and the desire to serve, Ashley’s War is a riveting combat narrative and a testament to the unbreakable bonds born of war.

Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield will be on sale before and after the event. Ms. Lemmon will be available to sign copies after the discussion from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm.

About the Author
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributor to the Atlantic’s Defense One writing on national security and foreign policy issues. In 2004 she left ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in conflict and postconflict zones, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda. She is the bestselling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and has written for Newsweek, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Christian Science, and the Daily Beast, as well as for the World Bank and the Harvard Business School. Her 2011 TED Talk was a TED Talk of the Day in January 2012.  A Fulbright scholar and Robert Bosch fellow, Gayle speaks Spanish, German, French and is conversant in Farsi. 

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Women in Combat: Where They Stand

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Watch the full event online here.

Event Details

On 27 April 2015 Women in International Security, Alliance for National Defense, the Reserve Officer’s Association and No Exceptions will examine changes for US servicewomen since the 2013 rescission of the Department of Defense ground combat exclusion policy. The Department of Defense will provide an update, scholars and veterans will proide analysis and an assessment of the current status of combat integration.

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Women in International Security

Women in Services Review

Defense officials will provide an update on where they stand with full combat integration.

Juliet Beyler, Director of Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Maj Gen Jacqueline Van Ovost, Vice Director of the Joint Staff

Getting Standards Right
Military organizations have taken different approaches to setting and validating occupational combat standards. This panel will compare and contrast various approaches and examine the importance of leadership, oversight and transparency in the organizational change process.

Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President, National Women’s Law Center
Honorable Carolyn Becraft, Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs
Ellen Haring, Senior Fellow, Women In International Security
Sue Jaenen, Manager - Human Performance, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command

Expanding the Band of Brothers
Unit culture and cohesion have often been advanced as reasons for excluding women from fighting units. This panel will discuss current research on cohesion along with the   role that leadership and training play in expanding conceptions of group identity.

Michael Breen, Executive Director, Truman National Security Project and Center for National Policy, former US Army veteran 
Dr. Megan McKenzie, University of Sydney
Dr. Robert Egnell, Georgetown University
Captain John Rodriguez, US Army National Guard
Mary Beth Bruggeman, Executive Director, The Mission Continues 

The Ground Truth: Firsthand Accounts of Women in Combat
Author Gayle Lemmon will discuss her new book “Ashley’s War.” The book chronicles one of the first teams of Army women imbedded in the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Servicewomen will discuss their experiences as part of the Cultural Support Teams.

Gayle Lemmon, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Segeant First Class Meghan Malloy, US Army, Cultural Support Team 2013
Captain Annie Kleinman, US Air Force, Cultural Support Team 2012
Janiece Marquez, CEO Stable Outcomes, US Army, Cultural Support Team 2010
*Copies of the book will be available for purchase before the event and during the reception.

A View from Congress
Members of Congress have been closely following and tracking combat integration. Two members will talk about Congressional interest and oversight.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ)

A networking reception with wine and cheese will follow at 5:00 to 6:00pm.

RSVP here.

For additional information, please visit or email

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Women in Government Relations: PACs, Politics & Grassroots Conference

PACs, Politics & Grassroots Conference
Getting Creative in 2014: Leveraging Trends, Dissecting Buzzwords and Winning Strategies
May 20, 2014
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

The PACs, Politics & Grassroots Conference brings together the government relations, PAC and advocacy communities for a day of learning.  This one-of-a-kind DC based conference includes fantastic speakers, engaging panel sessions and interactive conversations with leaders in the field of politics.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Luncheon General Session:

Uncharted Territory in Defense and Beyond: What's Next for Women on the Frontlines?

Women just aren’t changing the battle plan, they are the battle plan. Hear from our panelists about the progress women have made and their personal stories from the frontlines.


·         Marissa Loya, Golf Company 7-14 Staff Platoon Commander, 3rd Platoon, US Marine Corps

·         Lindsay Moran, former CIA operative; journalist & author, @LindsayMoran