Maj. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham has served as Commissioner for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management since 2016, and was re-appointed by Gov. Janet Mills in 2019.

Farnham also serves as the adjutant general, Maine National Guard.

Farnham will discuss his priorities, from the National Guard to veterans issues to how to deal with weather emergencies and other crises facing Maine.

  The Mid-Maine Global Forum recently hosted a talk by Gordon Adams. His talk is titled Secure or Second Rate? Austerity, Defense Budget Cuts, and the Future of US Global Engagement. Adams spoke about how domestic security is being affected by a dwindling defense budget and what it means for US global engagement.