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Video from several events at the 2016 Aspen Security Forum will be broadcast live online.  All times appearing in the schedule below are Mountain Time.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

6:00 – 7:00 PM MDT
A Chat with the Secretary
In his final months in office, the Secretary of Homeland Security gives us his assessment of the state
of the nation’s security.
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security
Moderator: Thom Shanker, Assistant Washington Editor,
The New York Times

Thursday, July 28, 2016

9:00 – 9:45 AM MDT
Central Command: At the Center of the Action
The new CENTCOM Commander surveys the Mideast battlefield.
Joseph Votel, Commander, United States Central Command
Moderator: Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News

9:45 – 10:30 AM MDT
The Russian Bear on the Prowl
Putin continues to taunt the US and Europe at every turn by testing NATO’s resolve, propping up
Assad, provoking Ukraine, and even doing what he can to further complicate the migrant crisis.
Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Elissa Slotkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
Moderator: Massimo Calabresi, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Correspondent, 
Time Magazine

10:45 – 11:30 AM MDT
Africa: The Next Hotbed of Terrorism?
From ISIL and Al Qaeda in Libya and Mali, to Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, to Al Shabab in Somalia and Kenya, has the long suffering, but recently promising, continent become the latest breeding ground for terrorism?
Jennifer Cooke, Director, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Carter Ham, President, Association of the US Army
Cyril Sartor, Deputy Assistant Director for Africa, Central Intelligence Agency
Moderator: Eric Schmitt, National Security Correspondent,
The New York Times

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM MDT

Cyber’s Role in America’s Security Arsenal
What role should cyber tools play in securing the nation, both offensively and defensively?
John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security
Michael Daly, Chief Technology Officer, Cybersecurity and Special Missions, Raytheon
Steve Grobman, Chief Technology Officer, Intel Security Group
Vinny Sica, Vice President, Defense and Intelligence Space Ground Solutions, Lockheed Martin
Moderator: Evan Perez, Justice Correspondent, CNN

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM MDT

Directing National Intelligence
One year after his debut at the Aspen Security Forum, the global threat environment facing the United States is even more complicated, murky, and dangerous. What further challenges, and potential opportunitieJohn Allens, does the DNI see ahead?
James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence
Moderator: Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM MDT
The Great Mideast Crackup: The Inevitable Comes to Pass
For decades analysts have predicted that the Mideast would eventually be rent asunder by pent-up resistance to the lack of political, civil, and economic opportunity; sectarianism; and the contradiction between the modernizing effects of globalization and religious and cultural fundamentalism. From Egypt to Yemen and in between, we are seeing the crackup before our eyes. Meanwhile, after depending on the United States for their security since time immemorial, in the wake of our indecision in Syria and the nuclear deal with Iran, the Saudis and other traditional American partners in the Gulf are going their own way. What comes next, for the region and for our relationships there?
Lukman Faily, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States
Shibley Telhami, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland
Moderator: Peter Bergen, National Security Analyst, CNN

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MDT
The New Normal?
Paris, San Bernardino, and Brussels—are these kinds of attacks (relatively frequent attacks carried out by relatively small cells and on soft targets) the “new normal?” Our increasing ability to prevent catastrophic 9/11-scale attacks may make less lethal but still devastating attacks even more likely than ever.
William Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department
Robert Griffin, General Manager, Safer Planet, IBM Analytics
Peter Neffenger, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration
Michael Steinbach, Executive Assistant Director, National Security Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Moderator: Shane Harris, Senior Intelligence and National Security Correspondent, The Daily Beast

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM MDT
Pacta Sunt Servanda
Now that the nuclear deal is done, will Tehran uphold its end of the bargain? And, will the agreement lead to Iran’s reintegration into the international community or will it continue to be a state sponsor of terror and a regional sectarian provocateur?
Frank Klotz, Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security; Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration
Cliff Kupchan, Chairman and Eurasia Practice Head, Eurasia Group
Bernadette Meehan, Former Spokesperson, National Security Council
Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Moderator: Margaret Warner, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM MDT
From Pyongyang to Brussels—Frying Pan to Fire?
The new Commander of European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, formerly Commander of United States Forces Korea, discusses the arguably even greater challenges now facing him in Brussels.
Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO; Commander, United States European Command
Moderator: David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor,
The Washington Post

Friday, July 29, 2016

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM MDT
The Continuing Counterterrorism Fight in Afghanistan/Pakistan: War Without End
As President Obama exits the White House, the Taliban are recapturing territory and carrying out terror attacks even in the heart of Kabul. Pakistan remains a refuge for both the Taliban and Al Qaeda, even while professing to be our partner in fighting terrorism. What can the next Administration do to turn things around?
Ryan Crocker, Dean and Executive Professor, George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University; Former Ambassador of the United States to Afghanistan
Hamdullah Mohib, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
Rizwan Sheikh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC
Moderator: Kim Dozier, Contributing Writer, The Daily Beast; Global Analyst, CNN

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM MDT
Countering Violent Extremism
What turns a young man or woman into a terrorist? What are the drivers? What are the triggers? What are the warning signs? And, how can violent extremism be countered?
Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, Facebook
Ed Royce, Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs; US Representative (R-CA)
George Selim, Director, Office for Community Partnerships, Department of Homeland Security
Jessica Stern, Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Co-Author, ISIS: The State of Terror
Moderator: Noah Shachtman, Executive Editor, The Daily Beast

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM MDT
The Security State
Can-and should-GITMO finally be closed? Can—and should—terrorists be tried here at home and in civilian courts? What obligations do private companies, and private citizens have to provide support to the government in its efforts to combat terrorism? Should victims of terrorism be able to sue nations, even U.S allies, they believe to be complicit? Have we gotten the balance between security and liberty right? And, are we overemphasizing a military response to global threats and under emphasizing democracy, human rights, and socio-economic development?
Karen Greenberg, Director, Center on National Security, Fordham University School of Law
Elisa Massimino, President and CEO, Human Rights First
John Negroponte, Former Director of National Intelligence
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Contributor, Defense One; Author,
Ashley’s War
Moderator: Ken Dilanian, Intelligence and National Security Reporter, NBC News

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM MDT
Peril on the 38th Parallel
North Korea continues its underground nuclear tests, and there are indications that it has succeeded in miniaturizing a nuclear warhead. Sanctions and threats have seemed only to embolden the volatile young leader in Pyongyang. Can Kim Jong Un be stopped before he turns the peninsula, and the region, into a nuclear wasteland?
Jane Harman, President, Director, and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Jean H. Lee, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Katharine Moon, SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Professor of Political Science and Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies, Wellesley College
Moderator: Gordon Chang, Columnist, The Daily Beast

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MDT
Seeing Around Corners: The Intelligence Professional’s Challenge
Four intelligence professionals grapple with the perennial puzzle of the “unknown unknowns.”
S. Leslie Ireland, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis
John Scarlett, Former Chief, Secret Intelligence Service, United Kingdom
Gregory Treverton,, Chairman, National Intelligence Council
Moderator: Brian Bennett, National Security and Intelligence Reporter,
Los Angeles Times

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM MDT
ISIL and Al Qaeda: Lethal One-Upmanship
ISIL and Al Qaeda, and their various affiliates and offshoots, are vying to be the biggest and baddest terror groups on the world stage. What does this deadly competition for global primacy portend?
Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
Nick Rasmussen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Moderator: David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent,
The New York Times

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM MDT
A Candid Conversation with the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
In a rare interview and his debut appearance in Aspen, the CIA Director surveys the global security scene and tells how he sees it.
John Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Moderator: Dina Temple-Raston, Counterterrorism Correspondent, NPR

Saturday, July 30, 2016

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM MDT
Europe in Crisis
The migration crisis is reshaping the face of Europe, literally, and it poses a grave security challenge to the continent, the region, and the world. What more can be done to address this problem of near Biblical dimension? And, what has the crisis, and other political, economic, and military shocks, affected the decades-long project of European integration, and what are the security implications of those effects.
Gilles de Kerchove, Counterterrorism Coordinator, European Union
Marie Harf, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Strategic Communications, Department of State
Peter Westmacott, Former Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the United States
Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany to the United States
Moderator: Michael Crowley, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent,

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM MDT
Intelligence Led Cyber Security: Operating Globally While Balancing Risk and Speed
The panelists cover issues relating to people, process, and technology from their respective private and public sector perspectives.
Jay Healey, Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council
Sean Roche, Associate Deputy Director for Digital Innovation, Central Intelligence Agency
Patrick Walsh, Senior Vice President, iSight Partners; General Manager, ThreatSPACE
Moderator: Ryan Lizza, Washington Correspondent,
The New Yorker

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM MDT
The Fight for Geopolitical Supremacy in the Asia Pacific
China’s buildup of air and naval capability in the South China Sea shows no signs of abating. If anything, the pace since last summer has accelerated, and the Chinese attitude is more belligerent. Will the economic slowdown, signs of political instability, and US and allied military pushback give China pause or will it double down in the historic race for regional hegemony?
Jonathan Pollack, Senior Fellow, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
David Shear, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs
Moderator: Gordon Lubold, Pentagon Reporter,
The Wall Street Journal

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM MDT
Congress and the War on Terror
How do various leaders on Capitol Hill view the war on terrorism? How do they grade the outgoing Administration? With no progress on a revised authorizing resolution, how do they grade themselves? And what policies should the next Administration pursue?
Mike Rogers, Former Chairman, House Intelligence Committee
Adam Schiff, Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; US Representative (D-CA)
Moderator: Greg Miller, National Security Correspondent,
The Washington Post

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM MDT
The View from the West Wing
President Obama’s chief counterterrorism and homeland security advisor shares a view from inside the White House on the evolving threat posed by terrorist groups and violent extremism, as well as how the Administration leverages all elements of national power to address that threat.
Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute