Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland - Spring Symposium

The Intelligence Studies Project (ISP) and Business Executives for National Security are pleased to announce a symposium, “Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland,” on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on the campus of UT Austin.

“Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland” is designed to promote an exchange of well-informed views on the challenges our intelligence and law enforcement agencies face in detecting and disrupting attacks inside the U.S. by violent extremists. We are honored that James Comey, the Director of the FBI and Thomas Bossert, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism will participate and deliver keynote remarks. The full Symposium agenda is below.

The Symposium is free and open to the public, however, advance registration is required for each session. NOTE: Advance registration does not guarantee admission. Please plan to arrive early to secure your seat! Click here for a livestream of the first session

This event is co-sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Clements Center for National Security, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Please visit the Intelligence Studies Project website for more information about ISP and its activities.


Session 1:

8:30 - 9:00 am
Arrival and Registration (Light breakfast served)

9:00 - 9:10 am
Welcome by Gregory Fenves, President of The University of Texas at Austin

9:15 - 10:15 am
An Evolving Domestic Threat: A Discussion with Bruce Hoffman and Peter Bergen

Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies and Professor at Georgetown University
Peter Bergen, Author and CNN National Security Analyst

Moderator: Michele L. Malvesti, Professor of Practice in International Security Studies at Tufts University

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Keynote Remarks by James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Introduction by Chancellor William McRaven

Discussion and audience questions moderated by William Inboden, Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security

Session 2:

11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Challenges for State and Local Governments in Countering Extremist Violence: A Panel Discussion with Steve McCraw, Lt. Gen. John Bansemer, and Robert Griffin

Steve McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety
Lt. Gen. John Bansemer, Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Robert Griffin, Serial Entrepreneur in Intelligence and National Security

Moderator: Samuel Rascoff, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and Security at New York University

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Keynote Remarks by Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

Discussion and audience questions moderated by Stephen Slick, Director of the Intelligence Studies Project

(Buffet luncheon for participants and registered guests)

Session 3:

2:15 - 3:15 pm
Commanders’ Perspectives
Remarks by Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Adm Kurt Tidd

Commentary by Chancellor William McRaven and Gen. (Ret) Norton Schwartz, President and CEO of the Business Executives for National Security

Moderator: Christine Abizaid, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia

3:30 - 4:30 pm
Safeguarding Civil Liberties While Defending the Homeland: A Conversation between Ben Wittes and Hina Shamsi

Ben Wittes, Editor-in-Chief of Lawfare and Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution
Hina Shamsi, Director of the ACLU National Security Project

Moderator: Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law

4:30 - 4:35 pm
New Approaches to Securing the Homeland
Closing Remarks by Gen. Norton Schwartz

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 9:00am to 4:35pm

Etter-Harbin Alumni Center (UTX)
2110 SAN JACINTO BLVD , Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Policy & Law, World & Culture

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public




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Stephen J Moore

Stephen J Moore left a negative review 3/22/2017

I got notice of this event which I would have liked to attend at 6PM the night before, by which time it was already sold out. Not helpful to get such late notice