Former staff member of the National Security Council presents on Russian Military Capabilities

On March 17, the Simons Center hosted an Arter-Rowland National Security Forum luncheon event at the Carriage Club in Kansas City. During the forum, Col. (Ret.) Matt Dimmick provided a presentation on Russian Capabilities. Because of the presentation’s relevance to current world events and how well it was received during the forum, the Simons Center asked Col. Dimmick to record a separate webinar covering the topic again in order to make it available to the wider interagency community.

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.

In this presentation, Col. Dimmick lays out the numbers and types of Russia’s personnel and equipment, while providing insights to their methods of military leadership. He also provides information on the likely strategy of the Russian government. This special webinar concludes with a short question and answer session.

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 or visit the Forum web page for more information.

Col. (Ret.) Matt Dimmick

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