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2015 Aspen Security Forum

July 22 - 25, 2015 | Aspen, CO

James Comey: The Complexity of Today’s Global Threat Environment

Speaker: James Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Moderator: Wolf Blitzer, Anchor, “The Situation Room,” CNN

Homeland Security in the Age of ISIL

Speaker: Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security

Moderator: Ryan Lizza, Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker

Pivot to Europe?

Speaker: Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the US

Speaker: Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

Speaker: 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

The Role of Law and Law Enforcement in Securing the Nation

Speaker: John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security

Speaker: Caroline Krass, General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency

Moderator: Ken Dilanian, Intelligence Writer, The Associated Press

Cyber Policy at National & International Levels

Speaker: Keith Alexander, CEO and Co-Founder, IronNet Cybersecurity; Former Director, National Security Agency; Former Commander, US Cyber Command

Speaker: Suzanne Spaulding, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for the National Protection and Programs Directorate

Speaker: Chris Young, General Manager, Intel Security Group, Intel Corporation

Moderator: John Markoff, Senior Writer, The New York Times

Beyond the Build: Leveraging the Cyber Mission Force

Speaker: Michael Rogers, Director, National Security Agency; Commander, US Cyber Command

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

Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism

Speaker: Gilles de Kerchove, Counterterrorism Coordinator, European Union

Speaker: Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Speaker: Rashad Hussain, Special Envoy and Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, Department of State

Speaker: 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

Cooperation and Conflict in the Relationship between Government and Industry in Cyberspace

Speaker: Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle Foundation

Speaker: Michael Chertoff, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group; Former Secretary of Homeland Security

Speaker: Michael Leiter, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Leidos; Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center

Speaker: Tim Reardon, Vice President and General Manager, Defense and Intelligence Solutions, Lockheed Martin

Moderator: Shaun Waterman, Editor, POLITICO Pro Cybersecurity

Special Operators and Intelligence Analysts: the 21st Century’s Lead Warriors

Speaker: Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Speaker: Eric Olson, former Commander of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and a member of the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group

Speaker: Michael Vickers, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Moderator: Kim Dozier, Contributing Writer, The Daily Beast; Global Analyst, CNN

Iraq/Syria: Worse Now Than Before?

Speaker: John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL; Former Commander, International Security Assistance Force and US Forces Afghanistan

Speaker: Lukman Faily, Ambassador of Iraq to the US

Speaker: Daniel Glaser, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Department of the Treasury 

Moderator: Eric Schmitt, Senior Correspondent, The New York Times

Iran and the Bomb

Speaker: Ellen Laipson, President and CEO, Stimson Center; Former Vice Chair, National Intelligence Council

Speaker: John McLaughlin, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Former Acting and Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Speaker: 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

A Look into SOCOM

Speaker: Joseph Votel, Commander, US Special Operations Command

Moderator: Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence Correspondent, Fox News

Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea: Harbinger of Things to Come?

Speaker: Gordon Chang, Contributor,; Author, The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World

Speaker: Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and Senior Associate, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Speaker: Harry Harris, Commander, US Pacific Command

Moderator: Massimo Calabresi, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Correspondent, Time Magazine

A Word from the Intelligence Community

Speaker: Robert Cardillo, Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Speaker: David Cohen, Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Speaker: Nick Rasmussen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center

Moderator: Brian Ross, Chief Investigative Correspondent, ABC News

Whither NATO—The Cold War Redux?

Speaker: Evelyn Farkas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia

Speaker: Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of Russia to the US

Speaker: Doug Lute, US Ambassador to NATO

Speaker: Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany to the US

Moderator: Eli Lake, Columnist, Bloomberg View

Herding Cats: Synthesizing the Intelligence Community

Speaker: James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

Hitting the Security Reset Button: Time to Rethink Our Approach?

Speaker: Michael Hayden, Principal, The Chertoff Group; Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Former Director, National Security Agency

Speaker: Matt Olsen, President and Co-Founder, IronNet Cybersecurity; Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center

Speaker: John Pistole, President, Anderson University; Former Administrator, Transportation Security Administration; Former Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Speaker: 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

Flying the Unfriendly Skies: The Air Force’s Role in National Security

Speaker: Deborah James, Secretary, US Air Force

Moderator: Jennifer Griffin, National Security Correspondent, Fox News

The View from Capitol Hill

Speaker: Michael McCaul, Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee

Speaker: Martha McSally, Member, House Homeland Security Committee and House Armed Services Committee

Moderator: Anne Gearan, National Politics Correspondent, The Washington Post

The View from the White House

Speaker: Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

Moderator: Mike Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News

The Chairman Speaks

Speaker: John McCain, Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee; US Senator, Arizona

Moderator: Lesley Stahl, Correspondent, “60 Minutes,” CBS News

The NSC, DHS, and State: Using All the Instruments of National Power to Combat Threats

Speaker: Huban Gowadia, Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Department of Homeland Security

Speaker: Marie Harf, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Strategic Communications, Department of State; Former Deputy and Acting Spokesperson, Department of State

Speaker: Laura Holgate, Senior Director, Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction, National Security Council

Speaker: Peter Neffenger, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration

Moderator: Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One

The Mideast Cauldron: Hotter Than Ever Now?

Speaker: Tamara Cofman Wittes, Director, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

Speaker: Frank Lowenstein, Acting Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

Speaker: Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Speaker: Elissa Slotkin, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

Moderator: Margaret Brennan, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News

Law and Order: How will the Lynch Justice Department Confront the Terror Threat?

Speaker: Loretta Lynch, US Attorney General

Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

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