Aspen Security Forum 2014 Highlights


July 23-26, 2014

Some of the more interesting talks at the Aspen Security Forum 2014 from current and former military and intelligence leaders. All of the ASF2014 talks can be viewed here.

Rethinking the U.S. National Security Apparatus

This session will discuss whether the United States government is properly structured,
financed, and staffed to meet the security threats of today.

Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.), Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Former
Director, National Security Agency; Principal, The Chertoff Group
Mike Leiter, Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center; Head of Global
Government and Commercial Cyber Operations, Palantir; National Security Analyst,
NBC News
John McLaughlin, Former Acting and Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency;
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced
International Studies
Adm. Eric Olson (Ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
MODERATOR: Eric Schmitt, National Security Correspondent, The New York Times

Striking the Right Balance Between Security and Liberty

We are still in the post-9/11 era, but we are also in the post-Edward Snowden era.
Citizens’ expectation that the government will protect them from security threats is
unchanged, but they are much less willing now than they were in the immediate
aftermath of the terror attacks to grant the government virtual carte blanche to do what
it thinks is necessary to respond to these threats. What is the “right” balance between
security and liberty?

Raj De, General Counsel, National Security Agency
Robert Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
John Rizzo, Former Deputy & Acting General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency
Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft
MODERATOR: Greg Miller, National Security Correspondent, The Washington Post

The Future of Warfare

Our still formidable nuclear arsenal and our supremacy in conventional armaments are
of limited use in a world now dominated by the asymmetric tactics of terrorists and
cyber-warriors. What are the new weapons—and new conceptions of warfare—that can
help America maintain its strategic and tactical edge?

Dawn Meyerriecks, Deputy Director, Directorate of Science and Technology, Central
Intelligence Agency
Steve Chan, Director, Network Science Research Center, IBM
Lynn Dugle, President, Raytheon Intelligence, Information, and Services; Vice President,
Raytheon Company
MODERATOR: Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One

Intergovernmental Cooperation in Counterterrorism

This session will explore the respective roles of key actors at various levels of
government and in the private sector in counterterrorism and how cooperation among
them can be improved.

Matt Olsen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Robert Mueller, Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Partner, Wilmer
Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Ralph Boelter, Vice President, Corporate Security, Target; Former Assistant Director,
Counterterrorism Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation5
MODERATOR: Mike Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News

Security Challenges in an Ever-Evolving Cyber Realm

If the good news is that cyber-threats are now on everybody’s radar screen, the bad
news is that we seem no closer to getting a handle on how to counter them. What can
we do to counter this ever evolving threat?

Richard Ledgett, Deputy Director, National Security Agency
MODERATOR: David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times


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