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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013 - 6:00 – 7:00 PM MDT
Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder: The Air Force’s Role in Countering Terrorism and Advancing America’s Interests in the World
As then departing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said so famously, “In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to send a big American land army into Asia or the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined...” With the war in Iraq ended and the war in Afghanistan ending, a war-weary, battle-scarred, and budget-stretched America is unlikely to send the Army or Marines into battle overseas in large numbers again anytime soon. But, that does not mean that we can afford to rely on diplomacy and foreign aid alone to protect and defend us. Increasingly, working in concert with Special Operations Forces and the Navy, we will see the Air Force play an even greater role in our national defense. The Air Force's top military commander will explore this issue in considerable detail.
- Gen. Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
- MODERATOR: John King, Chief National Correspondent, CNN
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 - 9:30 – 10:30 AM MDT
Doing More with Less—Simply an Oxymoron or Also an Imperative: Refashioning Today's Pentagon to Fight the Wars of the Future
The leaders of the Pentagon today cannot afford to be merely expert military strategists and prescient forecasters of future security threats. In this age of austerity, they must also be skilled at stretching every dollar to the maximum to ensure that America remains the preeminent world power. The Department of Defense's “COO” will discuss the challenge of maintaining America's place in an ever more complicated world, while dealing with an unprecedented budget crisis.
- Dr. Ashton B. Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense
- MODERATOR: David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 - 10:30 - 11:30 AM MDT
Mission Accomplished? Has the Intelligence Community Connected All the Dots?
By some estimates, we have spent more than a trillion dollars since 9/11 to improve our ability to collect, synthesize, and analyze the massive amount of intelligence at our fingertips. But, as the Boston marathon bombing illustrates, all these many years later, there are still dots to connect. Two former Directors of National Intelligence, an office created to see to it that the “dots” all across the intelligence community are connected, will discuss its successes to date and the challenges that remain.
- Adm. Dennis Blair (Ret.), Former Director of National Intelligence
- Amb. John Negroponte, Former Director of National Intelligence; Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates
- MODERATOR: Barton Gellman, Contributing Editor At Large, TIME
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 - 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM MDT
Counterterrorism, National Security, and the Rule of Law
The tension between a free press and national security. The tension between security and liberty. The tension between our values and our security needs. The tension between what the law demands and what the national defense requires. These and other “tensions” will be explored in this session with past and present combatants in these perennial struggles.
- Raj De, General Counsel, National Security Agency
- Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
- Jeh Charles Johnson, Former General Counsel, Department of Defense; Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison
- Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
- MODERATOR: Mike Isikoff, National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 - 2:00 – 3:00 PM MDT
Through a Glass Darkly: What Security Threats Does the Future Hold and What Can We Do Now to Protect Ourselves from Them?
How will the world scene evolve over the near-term and long-term? How will these changes affect the United States politically, economically, and militarily? And, as the security threats of the future go, will terrorism be a first-order concern, like now, or a second-order concern, like before? Some of the nation's keenest intelligence analysts will grapple with these questions.
- Dr. Mathew Burrows, Counselor, National Intelligence Council
- Charles Allen, Former Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis; Principal, The Chertoff Group
- John McLaughlin, Former Acting and Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
- Maurice Sonnenberg, Co-Chairman, National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community
- MODERATOR: Dina Temple-Raston, Counterterrorism Correspondent, NPR
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 - 3:15 – 4:15 PM MDT
At the Center of the Action: The National Counterterrorism Center and its Role in Securing the Homeland
If there is one “nerve center” for the nation's counterterrorism efforts, it is the NCTC. The present and past director will look back and look forward as the terrorist threat that created it evolves with time.
- Matthew G. Olsen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center
- Mike Leiter, Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center; Senior Counsel, Palantir Technologies
- MODERATOR: Ryan Lizza, Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 - 4:15 – 5:15 PM MDT
MANHUNT: The Search for Osama Bin Laden
This session will feature an excerpted screening of the acclaimed HBO documentary, MANHUNT, based on the book of the same name by noted terrorism expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. Bergen, and the film’s director and producer, Greg Barker, will discuss the film and the story it tells.
Peter Bergen, Author, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad; National Security Analyst, CNN; Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation
- Greg Barker, Director and Producer, MANHUNT, Passion Pictures
- MODERATOR: Dan Raviv, National Correspondent, CBS News
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 - 5:30 – 6:30 PM MDT
Clear and Present Danger: Cyber-Crime; Cyber-Espionage; Cyber-Terror; and Cyber-War
The nation's point man on cyber threats, National Security Agency Director and the Pentagon's Cyber Command Commander General Keith Alexander will discuss cyber-threats and the steps being taken to combat them.
- Gen. Keith Alexander, Director, National Security Agency; Commander, U.S. Cyber Command
- MODERATOR: Pete Williams, Chief Justice Correspondent, NBC News
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013 - 9:00 – 10:15 AM MDT
The Threat Matrix: How is the Terrorism Threat Evolving in the Post-Bin Laden Era?
- John Ashcroft, Former U.S. Attorney General; Member, Board of Directors, ACADEMI; Chairman, The Ashcroft Group, LLC
- Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.), Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Former Director, National Security Agency; Principal, The Chertoff Group
- Philip Mudd, Author, Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda; Director of Global Risk, SouthernSun Asset Management; Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation; Senior Global Adviser, Oxford Analytica
- Judge William Webster, Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Juan Zarate, Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism; Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
- MODERATOR: Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence Correspondent, Fox News
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013 - 10:30 – 11:30 AM MDT
International Perspectives on Terrorism and Counterterrorism
European and multi-national experts give their perspectives on terrorism. What can we learn from them? What can they learn from us?
- Gilles de Kerchove, European Union Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
- Amb. Ramón Gil-Casares, Ambassador of Spain to the United States
- Richard Barrett, Former Coordinator, United Nations Al-Qaida Taliban Monitoring Team; Senior Vice President for Special Projects, The Soufan Group; Director, The Qatar International Academy of Security Studies
- MODERATOR: Edward McBride, Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013 - 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 PM MDT
TSA: Rethinking Aviation Security in the Post-Bin Laden Era
TSA Administrator John Pistole is moving the agency away from a “one size fits all” approach to aviation security. Is his “risk-based” strategy the answer to striking the right balance between security and liberty?
- John Pistole, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration
- MODERATOR: Brian Ross, Chief Investigative Correspondent, ABC News
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013 - 1:30 – 2:30 PM MDT
Putting Out Fires Before They Spread: The US's Role in Preventing Conflict
As our ground forces are reduced, the defense budget is cut, and Americans focus on rebuilding our own nation, the void has to be filled, if America's interests around the world are to be protected and advanced. Special Operations Forces are already playing that role, and, as time goes by, they are likely to shoulder an even bigger part of the burden of securing the nation. This session will also explore conflict and stabilization operations and the respective role of the military and civilian sectors therein.
- Amb. Rick Barton, Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations
- Adm. Bill H. McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
- Michael Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict
- Maj. Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas, Former Commander, Special Operations Joint Task Force Afghanistan; Former Commander, NATO Special Operations Component Command Afghanistan; Former Deputy Commander, Joint Special Operations Command
- MODERATOR: Josh Gerstein, Reporter, POLITICO
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013 - 2:30 – 3:30 PM MDT
Industry’s Role in Cybersecurity
As the owner and operator of most of the nation's critical infrastructure, and the repository of considerable expertise in the field, industry has a huge role to play in cybersecurity. This panel of experts will explore that role from every angle.
- Michael Chertoff, Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group; Former Secretary of Homeland Security
- Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft
- Mati Kochavi, Founder and CEO, AGT International
- Kevin Mandia, Founder and CEO, MANDIANT
- MODERATOR: Robert O’Harrow, Staff Writer, The Washington Post
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013 - 3:45 – 4:45 PM MDT
Iraq and AfPak: Now and Then
This panel will take a look back at the wars in Iraq and “AfPak.” Were our sacrifices worth it? Are we safer? What will the future look like? What can we learn from these experiences that can make us more secure in the years ahead?
- Gen. John Rutherford Allen (Ret.), Former Commander, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan; Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Middle East Security
- Amb. Lewis Paul Bremer III, Former Administrator, Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq; President and CEO, Bremer Enterprises
- Amb. Husain Haqqani, Former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States; Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute; Director and Professor, Center of International Relations, Boston University
- MODERATOR: Lesley Stahl, Correspondent, CBS News
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013 - 5:00 – 6:00 PM MDT
AFRICOM: The Next Afghanistan?
In the last few years, while we focused on Iraq and Afghanistan, slowly but surely, Al Qaeda affiliates have taken root around the world in search of the next safe haven from which to launch attacks on the West in general and the U.S. in particular. Is Africa the next launching pad for terror, and, if so, what are we doing about it?
- Gen. Carter Ham (Ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Africa Command
- MODERATOR: Eric Schmitt, National Security Correspondent, The New York Times
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013 - 9:00 – 10:00 AM MDT
Counterterrorism and the Media
What role does the media play in covering terrorism? Where should the line be drawn between the need for government to keep certain things secret and the public's right to know what government is doing in its name? [View Robert R. McCormick Survey Results (PDF)]
- P.J. Crowley, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs; Fellow and Professor of Practice, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, The George Washington University
- Dan Klaidman, Author, Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency; National Political Correspondent, Newsweek and The Daily Beast
- Mark Mazzetti, Author, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth; National Security Correspondent, The New York Times
- MODERATOR: Kimberly Dozier, Author, Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report and Get Back to the Fight
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013 - 10:15 – 11:15 AM MDT
Unrest in the Arab World and its Implications for Our Security
It's summer again, but the winds of change, initially known as the Arab Spring, have turned chilly. The civil war in Syria gets bloodier by the day, and the blood is now flowing across borders, drawing in one country and group after another. Egypt is in turmoil. There is unrest in Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, and Bahrain. And, for all of Secretary Kerry's commendable efforts to date, the Arab-Israeli peace process remains a “peace process” in name only. This panel will assess the state of affairs in this vital region and opine on its implications for our security here at home.
- Dr. Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief, Al Jazeera Media Network
- Robin Wright, United States Institute of Peace Senior Fellow - Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar
- Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, University of Maryland; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
- MODERATOR: Christopher Isham, Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief, CBS News
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013 - 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT
Law Enforcement and National Security
Counterterrorism is a multi-faceted enterprise—part diplomacy; part military; part intelligence; part economics; part culture; and part law enforcement. Some of the key players in law enforcement circles discuss their role in counterterrorism.
- John Carlin, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, National Security Division, Department of Justice
- David S. Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Department of the Treasury
- Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, Former Assistant Director, Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; CEO, Kiernan Holdings Group; Advisor, Network Science Research Center, IBM
- MODERATOR: Michelle Cottle, Washington Correspondent, Newsweek and The Daily Beast
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013 - 1:30 – 2:30 PM MDT
The Military and Intelligence: Out of the Shadows
The Deputy Director of a critical but rarely heard from member of the military's intelligence community, the Defense Intelligence Agency, will explain his role and give us his perspective on today's national security threats.
- David Shedd, Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
- MODERATOR: Siobhan Gorman, Intelligence Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013 - 2:30 – 3:30 PM MDT
Looking East: The Pacific Pivot
As his recent summit with Xi Jinping highlights, President Obama has famously committed the nation to focusing more attention on Pacific affairs, given the rising political, economic, and military influence of China and other actors in Asia. This panel will examine the “Pacific Pivot” and explore the whole range of security challenges in this region, including tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea.
- Gordon Chang, Columnist, Forbes.com; Author, Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World and The Coming Collapse of China
- Tom Culligan, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Raytheon Company; CEO, Raytheon International, Inc.
- Amb. Christopher Hill, Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Former Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
- Adm. Patrick Walsh (Ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Senior Fellow, Southern Methodist University
- MODERATOR: Susan Glasser, Former Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy; Editor, POLITICO
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013 - 3:45 – 4:45 PM MDT
Iran: Crossing the “Red Line?”
This panel will examine how far Iran is from crossing the proverbial “red line” that will trigger an American and/or Israeli military strike. Are sanctions working, or must more be done? Is war inevitable?
- Joseph Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund
- Amb. Joseph DeTrani, President, Intelligence and National Security Alliance; Former Director, National Counter Proliferation Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
- Dr. Gary Samore, Former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism; Executive Director of Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
- Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
- MODERATOR: Massimo Calabresi, Senior Correspondent, TIME
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013 - 5:00 – 6:00 PM MDT
CENTCOM Review: Turmoil in the Mideast and Southwest Asia and Its Implications for American Security
A tour d'horizon of the Mideast and Southwest Asia with the former Commander of U.S. forces in the region. From the political crisis in Egypt; to the civil war in Syria, with spillover effects in Lebanon and Jordan; to instability in Turkey and Bahrain; to transition in Qatar; to the nuclear standoff with Iran; to the potential for restarted peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians; to the end of the war in Iraq; and the prospect of the war's end in Afghanistan, diplomatic policymakers, intelligence analysts, and Pentagon planners are working overtime to try to make sense of developments. General Mattis will give us his perspective on these critical issues and how they affect America's security.
- Gen. James N. Mattis (Ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Central Command; Former Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command; Former Commander, NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation
- MODERATOR: Wolf Blitzer, Host, “The Situation Room,” CNN