2012 Aspen Security Forum

July 25 - 28, 2012 | Aspen, CO

At the Point of the Spear: The Role of Special Operations Forces in America’s Post-9/11, Post-Iraq/Afghanistan Defense Strategy

Speaker: Admiral William McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Moderator: Wolf Blitzer, Host, "The Situation Room," CNN

National Counterterrorism Center's Role in Counterterrorism

Speaker: Matthew Olsen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center

Speaker: Michael Leiter, Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center; Senior Counselor, Palantir Technologies

Moderator: David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

DOD and Counterterrorism

Speaker: Michael Sheehan, Assistant Secretary for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflicts, Department of Defense

Speaker: Paul N. Stockton, Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, Department of Defense

Operations and Low-Intensity Conflicts, Department of Defense

Speaker: Admiral (Ret.) Eric Olson, Former Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Moderator: Eric Schmitt, Senior Writer & Terrorism Correspondent, The New York Times

The Director of National Intelligence's Role in Counterterrorism

Speaker: Admiral (Ret.) Dennis Blair, Former Director of National Intelligence

Speaker: John Negroponte, Former Director of National Intelligence; Former Deputy Secretary of State; Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Moderator: Steve Coll, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; President, New America Foundation

Cybersecurity

Speaker: General Keith Alexander, Director, National Security Agency; Chief, Central Security Service; Commander, United States Cyber Command

Moderator: Pete Williams, Correspondent, NBC News

Differing Perspectives on Terrorism

Speaker: Peter Bergen, Co-Director, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation; National Security Analyst, CNN

Speaker: P.J. Crowley, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs; Fellow, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, The George Washington University

Speaker: Jane Harman, Former Representative, 36th Congressional District of California; Director, President, and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Speaker: Philip Mudd, Former Deputy Director of National Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Former Deputy Director, Counterterrorist Center, Central Intelligence Agency; Senior Global Advisor, Oxford Analytica

Speaker: Maurice Sonnenberg, Senior International Advisor, J.P. Morgan Chase

Moderator: Ken Dilanian, Correspondent, Los Angeles Times

The CIA, the NSA, DHS, and Counterterrorism

Speaker: General (Ret.) Michael V. Hayden, Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Former Director, National Security Agency

Speaker: John McLaughlin, Former Deputy and Acting Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Speaker: Charlie Allen, Former Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security

Moderator: Catherine Herridge, American Homeland Security Correspondent, Fox News

The State Department’s Role in Counterterrorism

Speaker: Robert Godec, Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State

Speaker: Cofer Black, Former Ambassador-at-Large, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State; Former Director, Counterterrorist Center, Central Intelligence Agency

Speaker: Former Ambassador-at-Large, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State

Moderator: Jill Dougherty, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CNN

Aviation Security

Speaker: John Pistole, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security

Moderator: Terry Moran, Co-Anchor, "Nightline," ABC

Law Enforcement and Homeland Security

Speaker: Brad Brekke, Vice President, Assets Protection, Target

Speaker: Sean Joyce, Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Speaker: Bart Johnson, Former Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security

Speaker: William Webster, Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Speaker: Timothy Williams, Director, Washington Bureau, INTERPOL

Moderator: Dina Temple-Raston, Counterterrorism Correspondent, NPR

The White House’s Role in Counterterrorism

Speaker: Quintan Wiktorowicz, Senior Director for Community Partnerships, National Security Staff, The White House

Speaker: Juan Zarate, Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for Combating Terrorism

Speaker: Kenneth Wainstein, Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security

Moderator: Michael Crowley, Senior Correspondent & Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, TIME Magazine

Industry and Innovation

Speaker: Brad Buswell, President & CEO, Morpho Detection

Speaker: Thomas Grumbly, Vice President, Civil Government Programs, Washington Operations, Lockheed Martin

Speaker: John Harris II, President, Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC

Speaker: Roger Krone, President, Network and Space Systems, The Boeing Company

Speaker: Wesley Rhodes, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, IBM Federal

Moderator: Adam Entous, National Security Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

American Wars and Foreign Policy - Iraq

Speaker: James F. Jeffrey, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Speaker: Stephen Cambone, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Speaker: Christopher R. Hill, Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Moderator: Kim Dozier, Intelligence and Counterterrorism Correspondent, The Associated Press

Afghanistan and Pakistan

Speaker: Lt. General (Ret.) Douglas E. Lute, Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Speaker: Eklil Hakimi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United States

Speaker: Sherry Rehman, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the U.S.

Speaker: Lt. General (Ret.) Karl Eikenberry, Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

Moderator: Steve Kroft, "60 Minutes," CBS

International Organizations and European Partners

Speaker: Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator

Speaker: Richard Barrett, Coordinator, United Nations Al-Qaida Taliban Monitoring Team

Speaker: Peter Ammon, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States

Speaker: Karen Betts, Counsellor, Foreign and Security Policy Group, British Embassy, Washington

Moderator: Susan Glasser, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy

Forecasting Global Trends

Speaker: Christopher Kojm, Chairman, National Intelligence Council, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Speaker: Christopher Ahlberg, CEO & Co-Founder, Recorded Future

Moderator: Dana Priest, National Security Correspondent, The Washington Post

The Rule of Law and the War on Terrorism

Speaker: Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, National Security Division, Department of Justice

Speaker: Alberto Mora, Former General Counsel of the Navy

Speaker: Ali Soufan, Former FBI Special Agent; CEO, The Soufan Group

Moderator: Dan Klaidman, Former Managing Editor, Newsweek

Media Panel

Speaker: Paula Broadwell, Author, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

Speaker: Rajiv Chandrasekaran, National Editor, The Washington Post

Speaker: Michael Isikoff, Investigative Journalist, NBC News

Speaker: Josh Meyer, Author, The Hunt for KSM; Lecturer & Director of Education and Outreach, National Security Journalism Initiative, Northwestern University

Moderator: Clark Bell, Journalism Program Director, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Securing the Nation’s Largest City

Speaker: Raymond Kelly, Commissioner, New York Police Department

Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute

Decision 2012 and National Security

Speaker: P.J. Crowley, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs; Fellow, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, The George Washington University

Speaker: Douglas Feith, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Senior Fellow and Director, Center for National Security Strategies, Hudson Institute

Moderator: Josh Gerstein, White House Correspondent, Politico

Terrorism Finance

Speaker: David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Department of the Treasury

Moderator: Margaret Brennan, Correspondent, CBS News

Investing in the Security and Defense Sector

Speaker: Devin Talbott, Managing Partner, Enlightenment Capital

Speaker: Kevin DeSanto, Managing Director, Kipps DeSanto & Co.

Speaker: Michael R. Steed, Chairman, Founder & Managing Partner, Paladin Capital Group; Chairman, Paladin Homeland Security Fund Investment Committees

Speaker: Thomas Sass, Director of Platfor for HFR Asset Management, HFR Group LLC

Moderator: Noah Shachtman, Contributing Editor, Wired; Nonresident Fellow, Brookings Institution

The Department of Homeland Security: Past, Present, and Future

Speaker: Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

Speaker: Admiral (Ret.) Jim Loy, Former Deputy and Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security; Former Administrator, Transportation Security Administration; Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group

Speaker: Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security; Managing Principal & Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group

Moderator: Barton Gellman, Editor-at-Large, TIME Magazine

The Changing National Security Landscape for the Warfighter

Speaker: Vice Admiral Michael LeFever, Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning, National Counterterrorism Center

Speaker: Lieutenant General (Ret.) David Barno, Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security; Former Commander Combined Forces Command - Afghanistan 2003-2005

Moderator: Dana Priest, National Security Correspondent, The Washington Post

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