Joseph McMillan, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Joseph McMillan, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, speaks to a group of alumni from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Sept. 18 during a conference here.
The conference titled "The Future of U.S.-European Relations" involved 25 distinguished alumni from 17 nations, representing almost every Marshall Center resident course over a span of 14 years.
McMillan talked about the strategic rebalancing of U.S. focus and military forces towards the Asia-Pacific region and how that might affect partners in the European region.
"This role will not come at the expense of our NATO and European partners," he said. "Europe needs American forces in the Asia-Pacific Theater and the Middle East more than you need them on the European continent." McMillan went on to say that "Europe is still our partner of choice in addressing global security challenges."
The conference included presentations about transatlantic security cooperation, the impact of a United States shift of interest, prospects and challenges of U.S.-European relations, and an overview of the alumni program and network of more than 9,500 resident course graduates and 27 alumni associations across the European and Central Asia region.
McMillan spoke for about 45 minutes before taking questions. A total of more than 40 participants, speakers, and Marshall Center faculty and staff attended the conference held in Manfred Woerner Hall on the Marshall Center campus.
Marshall Center distinguished alumni are among a small group of about 300 alumni currently serving in the highest levels of government as members of parliament, ministers, chiefs of defense and ambassadors, and includes a president and prime minister. (DOD Photo/Army Sgt 1st Class Andrew Smith/RELEASED)