The Civil Affairs Association
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2019 Civil Affairs Symposium

  • 18 Oct 2019
  • 20 Oct 2019
  • Hilton Downtown Tampa, 211 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Payment covers the cost of lunch on Saturday. Please pay for lodging and Saturday Night Banquet on separately.
  • Payment covers the cost of lunch on Saturday. Please pay for lodging and Saturday Banquet Dinner Separately.

Registration is closed



The Civil Affairs Association

In coordination with the

Association of the United States Army

Reserve Officers Association

Foreign Area Officer Association

Alliance for Peacebuilding

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

and the

Patriot Fund

Is pleased to invite you to the

2019 Civil Affairs Symposium:

“Integrating Civil Affairs”

Friday, October 18th - Sunday, October 20th 2019

Hilton Downtown Tampa
211 North Tampa St.

Tampa, FL  33602

Civil affairs integration surfaced as the forefront issue for the future development of the Regiment at the conclusion of the last annual discussion of the future of civil affairs. While the Regiment must optimize to support stabilization at Joint, interagency, and multinational levels, it must also modernize to meet and adapt to changing Army and Marine requirements. Adaptability alone, however, is insufficient in a strategic paradigm of competition for access and influence, as retired Marine General Anthony Zinni noted at the last Roundtable. In order for civil affairs to become a better Army and Joint force for integration across multiple domains and the human geography, it must first better integrate itself and then with those it works for, by, with, and through. The unique potential of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations (Airborne) to fuse military influence capabilities remains dormant while even the newest CA doctrine still overlooks CA-PSYOP-IO integration let alone active/reserve and SOF/conventional integration – or what models best enable CA command support of regional and joint task force commands. Deliberate, steady-state planning and training relationships with interagency, inter-allied, multilateral, private sector, and peacebuilding organizations also remain touch-and-go. At strategic, operational, and tactical headquarters, there is insufficient organic CA/CMO capacity for inter-organizational integration and scant dedicated CA staff to plan, coordinate, and execute stabilization and irregular warfare support.

Given past findings, current assumptions, new thinking about war and peace in the 21st century, and a new suite of strategic and policy references, how can the Regiment and its partners best meet these challenges, in order to enhance civil-military integration and force inter-operability, make national stabilization capabilities more proactive than reactive, and enhance U.S., allied, and partner access and influence? What Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership & Education, Personnel, Facilities and Policy (DOTMLPF-P) changes should be made, within and beyond current capacities? From the workshops, speakers, and panel discussions, and the Civil Affairs Issue Papers, the Association and friends will enable the Civil Affairs Regiment and partners of all walks to discuss these questions and offer ways ahead to refine at the Roundtable in Washington the following spring.


Download Draft Agenda HERE

Special Civil Affairs Room Reservation Link for Hilton Downtown click HERE

For those wishing to stay on the MacDill AFB Air Force Inn click HERE.

Download Banquet Dinner Menu HERE.


1. The Symposium is a Defense Department conference pending USSOCOM approval, for official travel purposes. Military personnel on orders will not be charged hotel taxes.

2. Registration is $50 for Civil Affairs Association members (online advance only) and $55 for non-members. Fee covers administrative costs and Saturday lunch and refreshments. Corps Dinner is $55 per person, with a choice of beef, chicken, or vegetarian meal. To register in advance and avoid the $55 at-the-door cash fee, go to “Events” at the Association website.

3. Lodging at the Hilton Tampa Downtown is available as a special event rate of $121 per room per night (single or double occupancy) until 19 September, after which full rates apply. To make a reservation, go to “Events” at the Association website.

4. Nearest airport is Tampa International (TPA). The Hilton Tampa Downtown provides a shuttle from and to the airport.

5. Workshop and Symposium uniform is Class B or business working; Corps Dinner uniform is formal wear, or mess dress; Association meeting uniform is business casual.

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