Next Week: Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland Symposium

Feb 23, 2017

The Clements-Strauss 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. 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.


“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, advanced registration is required for each session. Please click here to complete your registration and reserve your ticket(s). NOTE: Advanced registration does not guarantee admission. Please plan to arrive early to secure your seat!

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                                  the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University 

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

                                Introduction by UT System Chancellor William McRaven

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


Session 2:

11:45 - 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

                               (Buffet luncheon for participants and registered guests)

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


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. 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 

4:35 - 4:35 pm      New Approaches to Securing the Homeland

                             Closing Remarks by Norton Schwartz, President and CEO of Business Executives for                                        National Security