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Video from several events at the 2015 Aspen Security Forum will be broadcast live online.  All times appearing in the schedule below are Mountain Time.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

6:00 – 7:00 PM MDT
The Complexity of Today’s Global Threat Environment
In this session, FBI Director Jim Comey will assess the diverse range of threats to the U.S. homeland and share his strategy for countering them.
James Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Moderator: Wolf Blitzer, Anchor, “The Situation Room,” CNN

Thursday, July 23, 2015

9:00 – 9:45 AM MDT
Homeland Security in the Age of ISIL
Just when we thought that Al Qaeda was all but defeated, ISIL has risen to take its place. And, this terror organization is so brutal that even Al Qaeda has distanced itself from it. In this session, the Homeland Security Secretary will explain DHS’ role in combating ISIL.
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security
Moderator: Ryan Lizza, Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker

9:45 – 10:45 AM MDT
Pivot to Europe?
With Russia’s annexation of Crimea and nearly daily testing of NATO’s strength, the Cold War is heating up. And, if that is not enough, the ISIS threat is at Europe’s doorstep. For all the talk of a pivot to Asia, this session will focus on the intensifying threats facing Europe and the need for a concerted and stronger response team.
Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the US
Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard
University; Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
Ramón Gil-Casares, Ambassador of Spain to the US
Moderator: Kim Ghattas, Correspondent, BBC; Author, The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton
from Beirut to the Heart of American Power

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT
Special Operators and Intelligence Analysts: the 21st Century’s Lead Warriors
Huge ground invasions and indefinite occupation forces are so last decade. Today’s wars, big and little, are being fought largely by the strategic deployment of limited Special Operators on the ground and intelligence analysts back stateside who dispatch them and drones to the world’s hot spots for quick “in and out” operations. Experts in this kind of 21st century warfare will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this approach to global crises.
Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Eric Olson, former Commander of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and a member of the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group
Michael Vickers, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
Moderator: Kim Dozier, Contributing Writer, The Daily Beast; Global Analyst, CNN

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM MDT
The Role of Law and Law Enforcement in Securing the Nation
Two key federal actors at the Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency discuss their differing roles in securing the homeland.
John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security
Caroline Krass, General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency
Moderator: Ken Dilanian, Intelligence Writer, The Associated Press

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM MDT
Iraq/Syria: Worse Now Than Before?
This panel will explore ISIL’s rout of security forces and the mess that Syria has now become, pondering the overarching question of whether the admittedly brutal stability of the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq and the pre- revolutionary Assad regime in Syria were more in line with American interests and whether, as a consequence, the best outcome now is as close to the status quo ante as possible.
John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL; Former Commander, International Security Assistance Force and US Forces Afghanistan
Lukman Faily, Ambassador of Iraq to the US
Daniel Glaser, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Department of the Treasury
Moderator: Eric Schmitt, Senior Correspondent, The New York Times

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MDT
Cyber Policy at National & International Levels
What are the “rules of the road” with respect to cyber space? Since cyber space knows no boundaries, whose government gets to decide? What is the prospect for an agreed upon multinational framework for defining threats and sanctioning responses, up to and including offensive action?
Keith Alexander, CEO and Co-Founder, IronNet Cybersecurity; Former Director, National Security Agency; Former Commander, US Cyber Command
Suzanne Spaulding, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for the National Protection and Programs Directorate
Chris Young, General Manager, Intel Security Group, Intel Corporation
Moderator: John Markoff, Senior Writer, The New York Times

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM MDT
Iran and the Bomb
Is there still time to prevent Tehran from going nuclear? This panel will address the threat of a nuclear Iran along with other security threats of a similar game changing nature and how best to counter them.
Ellen Laipson, President and CEO, Stimson Center; Former Vice Chair, National Intelligence Council
John McLaughlin, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Former Acting and Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Matthew Spence, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy; Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for International Affairs, Yale University
Moderator: Michael Crowley, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, POLITICO

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM MDT
Beyond the Build: Leveraging the Cyber Mission Force
The head of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command discusses cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, and cybercrime, and how we can best defend ourselves against what most experts believe will be the cyber equivalent someday soon of Pearl Harbor.
Michael Rogers, Director, National Security Agency; Commander, US Cyber Command
Moderator: David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

Friday, July 24, 2015

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM MDT
A Look into SOCOM
The Commander of Special Operations Command discusses his unique band of warriors and how they are protecting America’s interests around the world.
Joseph Votel, Commander, US Special Operations Command
Moderator: Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence Correspondent, Fox News

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM MDT
Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism
Four experts compare notes on strategies for fighting terrorism at its roots by winning hearts and minds.
Gilles de Kerchove, Counterterrorism Coordinator, European Union
Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Rashad Hussain, Special Envoy and Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, Department of State
Juliette Kayyem, Founder, Kayyem Solutions LLC; Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Intergovernmental Affairs
Moderator: Chris Isham, Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief, CBS News

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT
Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea: Harbinger of Things to Come?
In this session, a panel of experts inside and outside of government will examine China’s muscle flexing in the South China Sea and its plans to become a global maritime power, as well as the implications for America’s strategic primacy in that region and around the globe.
Gordon Chang, Contributor,; Author, The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World
Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and Senior Associate, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Harry Harris, Commander, US Pacific Command
Moderator: Massimo Calabresi, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Correspondent,Time Magazine

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM MDT
The Proverbial Public-Private Partnership: Cooperation and Conflict in the Relationship between Government and Industry in Cyberspace
This session will discuss the role of the USG in protecting commercial industry in an era of expanding cyber threats, plus the challenges faced as many commercial firms characterize themselves as global entities and strategically distance their relationships with the USG in order to expand their consumer base. How does this distancing complicate the USG’s ability to act and protect? How does this distancing complicate the USG’s ability to be a consumer of goods and services of these firms?
Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle Foundation
Michael Chertoff, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group; Former Secretary of Homeland Security
Michael Leiter, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Leidos; Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Tim Reardon, Vice President and General Manager, Defense and Intelligence Solutions, Lockheed Martin
Moderator: Shaun Waterman, Editor, POLITICO Pro Cybersecurity

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM MDT
A Word from the Intelligence Community
Three key intelligence agencies give us their perspectives on the security threats facing the nation.
Robert Cardillo, Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency David Cohen, Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Nick Rasmussen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center Moderator: Brian Ross, Chief Investigative Correspondent, ABC News

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MDT
Whither NATO—The Cold War Redux?
Is the Cold War really over? This panel will explore the changing security landscape in Europe and the need to rethink old assumptions.
Evelyn Farkas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia
Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of Russia to the US
Doug Lute, US Ambassador to NATO
Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany to the US
Moderator: Eli Lake, Columnist, Bloomberg View

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM MDT
Flying the Unfriendly Skies: The Air Force’s Role in National Security
The Secretary of the Air Force assesses the state of the service today and whether it’s up to the role assigned to it in protecting our nation.
Deborah James, Secretary, US Air Force
Moderator: Jennifer Griffin, National Security Correspondent, Fox News

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM MDT
Herding Cats: Synthesizing the Intelligence Community
More than a decade after its creation, the Director of National Intelligence gives an accounting of ODNI’s progress to date and the work that remains to be done.
James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence
Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

Saturday, July 25, 2015

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM MDT
The View from Capitol Hill
Members of the House Homeland Security Committees assess the security of the homeland.
Michael McCaul, Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee
Martha McSally, Member, House Homeland Security Committee and House Armed Services Committee
Moderator: Anne Gearan, National Politics Correspondent, The Washington Post

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM MDT
Hitting the Security Reset Button: Time to Rethink Our Approach?
We’ve been fighting terrorists for a while now, and yet the threat not only remains but is intensifying. Are there new approaches and tools we should try?
Michael Hayden, Principal, The Chertoff Group; Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Former Director, National Security Agency
Matt Olsen, President and Co-Founder, IronNet Cybersecurity; Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center
John Pistole, President, Anderson University; Former Administrator, Transportation Security Administration; Former Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Fran Townsend, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Government, Legal, and Business Affairs, MacAndrews and Forbes Inc.; Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Moderator: Noah Shachtman, Executive Editor, The Daily Beast

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM MDT
The View from the White House
The President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor tells us what keeps her up at night and how she is working to make us all safe.
Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Moderator: Mike Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM MDT
The Chairman Speaks
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain tells us what’s wrong with the Obama National Security Strategy.
John McCain, Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee; US Senator, Arizona
Moderator: Lesley Stahl, Correspondent, “60 Minutes,” CBS News

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM MDT
The NSC, DHS, and State: Using All the Instruments of National Power to Combat Threats
Key actors at these critical agencies will discuss their respective roles in responding to challenges to peace and security.
Huban Gowadia, Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Department of Homeland Security
Laura Holgate, Senior Director, Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction, National Security Council
Peter Neffenger, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration
Moderator: Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM MDT
The Mideast Cauldron: Hotter Than Ever Now?
This panel examines the multiple crises enveloping the Mideast today and what can be done to address them.
Tamara Cofman Wittes, Director, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Frank Lowenstein, Acting Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Moderator: Margaret Brennan, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM MDT
Law and Order: How will the Lynch Justice Department Confront the Terror Threat?
There’s a new Attorney General in town, and she has her own set of priorities for the Administration’s remaining time in office. In this session, Attorney General Lynch will outline those priorities, with a particular focus on what she sees as Justice’s role in the proverbial “war on terrorism.”
Loretta Lynch, US Attorney General
Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News