Few defense events are scheduled for the week ahead, as Congress remains locked in a spending debate that could trigger a partial government shutdown.
The Atlantic Council hosts a panel discussion on the future of U.S. policy in Syria.
The Heritage Foundation hosts a panel discussion on China's "Belt and Road" foreign investment initiative.
The Air Force Association hosts a discussion with the director of Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability.
Congress by midnight must fund all government agencies that have yet to receive appropriations or face a partial government shutdown.
The next Week Ahead will be posted on Dec. 31.