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2021 Aspen Security Forum

November 3 & 4, 2021 | In-Person

Wednesday, November 3

Opening Remarks


  • Nicholas Burns, Executive Director, Aspen Strategy Group

  • Anja Manuel, Director, Aspen Strategy Group

A Conversation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Military Challenges of the 21st Century
Speaker: Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor and Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News

Transcript Available Here

Cybersecurity is National Security: Cyber Command and NSA's Partnership Defending the Nation

Speaker: Paul Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency

Moderator: David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

Transcript Available Here

Defeating the Virus: The Biden Administration’s Global Vaccination Pledge


  • Gary Edson, CEO, COVID Collaborative

  • Anne Pritchett, Senior Vice President, Policy and Research, PhRMA

  • Kathleen Sebelius, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

  • Gayle Smith, Coordinator for Global COVID Response and Health Security, Department of State

Moderator: Kavita Patel, Nonresident Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution

Space as Critical Infrastructure


  • John Galer, Assistant Vice President, National Security Space, AIA 

  • Erin Miller, Executive Director, Space ISAC

  • Sam Visner, Technical Fellow, The MITRE Corporation

Moderator: Joseph Marks, Reporter, The Washington Post

 A Conversation with Condoleezza Rice

Speaker: Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State

Moderator: Margaret Brennan, Moderator, Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan, and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News

Transcript Available Here

On the Rise: Perspectives on Foreign Policy

Speakers: Aspen Strategy Group Rising Leaders

A Conversation with House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff

Speaker: Adam Schiff, Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News and Host, Andrea Mitchell Reports, MSNBC

The Nexus of Climate Change and National Security


  • Raj Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation

  • John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

  • Todd Gloria, Mayor of San Diego

  • Alice Hill, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, The Council on Foreign Relations

  • Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative for Renewable Energy for All, the United Nations, and Co-Chair, UN-Energy

  • Daniel Poneman, former Deputy Secretary of Energy

Moderator: Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN

A Conversation with the Minister of Defense of Singapore on the Asia-Pacific

Speaker: Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Defense of Singapore

Moderator: Joe Nye, Co-Chair, Aspen Strategy Group

Democracy vs. Authoritarianism: The Global Struggle


  • Mike Abramowitz, President, Freedom House

  • Sadanand Dhume, Senior Fellow, AEI

  • John Frank, Vice President for UN Affairs, Microsoft

Moderator: Lara Jakes, Diplomatic Correspondent, The New York Times

Follow the Money: Corruption and National Security


  • Daniel Eriksson, CEO, Transparency International

  • Jane Harman, Distinguished Fellow and President Emerita, The Wilson Center

  • Juan Zarate, Chairman, Center on Economic and Financial Power, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Moderator: Dina Temple-Raston, Senior Correspondent, The Record

The China Challenge: A Conversation with Senator Jack Reed

Speaker: Jack Reed, Senator from Rhode Island

Moderator: Gordon Lubold, White House and National Security Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

The Future of Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance


  • Brendan Boyle, Representative for Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District

  • Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the U.S.

  • Emily Haber, Ambassador of Germany to the U.S.

Moderator: Nick Schifrin, Foreign and Defense Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

The Lithuania Story

Speaker: Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Deputy Foreign Minister of Lithuania

Moderator: Nick Schifrin, Foreign and Defense Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Introductory Remarks


  • Anja Manuel, Director, Aspen Strategy Group 

  • Dan Porterfield, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

Thursday, November 4

A Conversation with the Secretary of the Navy
Speaker: Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy

Moderator: Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One

An Increasingly Adversarial World: Cross-Atlantic Perspectives


  • Dame Karen Pierce, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the U.S.

  • Kori Schake, Senior Fellow and Director of Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, AEI

  • Tom Wright, Director, Center on the United States and Europe, the Brookings Institution

Moderator: Matt Kaminski, Editor-in-Chief, Politico

The Great Experiment: The Health of American Democracy


  • Arthur Brooks, William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

  • Amy Walter, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Cook Political Report

Moderator: Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker 

Building a More Resilient Global Supply Chain


  • Elissa Slotkin, Representative for Michigan's 8th Congressional District

  • Michael McCaul, Representative for Texas' 10th Congressional District

  • Bruce Andrews, Corporate VP and Chief Government Affairs Officer, Intel

  • Chester "Chip" Davis, Jr., President and CEO, Healthcare Distribution Alliance

Moderator: Anja Manuel, Director, Aspen Strategy Group

Global Economic Recovery: Challenges and Opportunities


  • Mike Froman, former U.S. Trade Representative

  • Austan Goolsbee, Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum

  • Dambisa Moyo, Global Economist and Author

Moderator: Edward Luce, U.S. National Editor and Columnist, The Financial Times

The Future of Special Operations Forces

Speaker: Richard Clarke, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Moderator: Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Transcript Available Here

Rejecting Decline: Mapping America's Choices in the Digital Revolution

SpeakerBen Sasse, U.S. Senator for Nebraska

Moderator: Stephen Hayes, CEO and Editor, The Dispatch

Preserving America's Technological Edge


  • Mike Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit

  • Chris Lynch, Co-Founder and CEO, Rebellion Defense

  • Teresa Shea, Vice President, Cyber Offense and Defense Experts, Raytheon Intelligence and Space

Moderator: Nancy Youssef, National Security Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

A Conversation with U.S. Marine Corps Commandant David Berger

Speaker: David Berger, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps

Moderator: Courtney Kube, Correspondent, NBC News

Transcript Available Here

Protecting the Homeland in a New Era: A Conversation with Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Anja Manuel, Director, Aspen Strategy Group

Speaker: Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security

Moderator: David Sanger, White House and National Security Correspondent, The New York Times

Transcript Available Here

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