June 6


07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

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Defense Entrepreneurs Forum


Our next DEF Colorado Springs Drink & Think will be at 7 PM on 6 June at Red Leg Brewing. Our speaker for the month is former Army officer Dan Dwyer, who will offer a rare glimpse into the most significant shift in military strategy in recent memory – the development and adoption of what became known as ‘The Surge’ in Iraq.

In 2007 the Iraq Planning Group at the American Enterprise Institute (a think tank in DC) published a report called Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq which went on to become the blueprint for The Surge. Dan was one of only four former military officers in the group, serving alongside GEN(R) Jack Keane and LTG(R) David Barno, and personally briefed President Bush on the report. Currently, Dan is the founder of Vet2BizLife, LLC which is dedicated to the boots to business advancement of veteran entrepreneurs. 

For more about Dan’s role and The Surge, check out Fred Kaplan’s book The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War.

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is a non-profit network of problem solvers in the military, government and private sector that work together to increase innovation and support disruptive thinkers in the national security space. The mission of DEF is “Inspire – Connect – Empower” and involves not only monthly gatherings around the world, but periodic DEFx events, an annual conference, and ongoing collaboration via Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn.

If you are a military member, work in government, are an entrepreneur focused on national security, or find the idea of helping solve tough problems enticing, then DEF Colorado Springs monthly Drink & Think is a great way to learn more.


Why should I register if this is a free event? Taking the couple minutes it takes to register helps the local DEF team to better prepare the planned space for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options? Parking is available in the vicinity of the venue.

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