The CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center hosted an Arter-Rowland National Security Forum luncheon event on March 17, 2022, at the Carriage Club in Kansas City.
Simons Center Director Bob Ulin welcomed the ARNSF members, some of whom also introduced their guests, and then introduced retired Col. Matt Dimmick who provided the forum with a presentation on the capabilities of the Russian military.
Dimmick served 29 years in uniform, retiring in 2021. In his last assignment he worked as the director for Russia and Eastern Europe on the National Security Council staff for both the Trump and the Biden administrations. He previously served as the Russia Director for the Secretary of Defense from 2016 to 2019, and also held the positions as Defense Attaché in Tbilisi, Georgia, Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor for the Chief of Staff of the Army, and Assistant Army Attaché in Moscow. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, holds a Master of Arts in National Strategy from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, and a Master of Arts in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the University of Kansas.
Given his qualifications and recent duty positions, Dimmick’s presentation was well-received by the forum members and their guests as he laid out the numbers and types of Russia’s personnel and equipment, while providing insights to their methods of military leadership. He also provided some unclassified information on Russian troop locations and the likely strategy of the Russian government in these areas. Inevitably, given the current situation in eastern Europe and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there were several questions from the audience about how that situation may play out in the coming months.
After the lengthy question and answer period, Ulin closed out the event, thanking Dimmick and presenting him with a commemorative coin and coffee cup and previewing the schedule for future ARNSF events. Foundation President/CEO Rod Cox also thanked Dimmick and made an announcement about upcoming Foundation events in addition to the Arter-Roland National Security Forum.
The Arter-Rowland National Security Forum (ARNSF) is led by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center and is an exclusive professional information sharing and networking forum for senior executives.
Members of the Forum and their guests meet periodically at guest speaker events in downtown Kansas City. National and regional guest speakers representing all elements of national power (Diplomatic, Informational, Military and Economic) highlight the meetings. The Forum is nonpartisan, but elected government officials may present from time to time.
The Forum is named after Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Arter, Founding Chairman of the CGSC Foundation, and Mr. Landon Rowland, the Foundation’s first major donor who was well-known in Kansas City for his keen interest in national security issues and his leadership in business and philanthropy.
ARNSF events are only open to ARNSF members and their guests. If you are not a member but are interested in joining, contact John Nelson at John.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Forum page on the Simons Center website for more information.