Clapper, Hadley, McRaven to address intelligence reform at [br]event hosted by Clements Center and Strauss Center[/br]

Sep 10, 2014

Partnering with the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the University of Texas at Austin’s Clements Center and Strauss Center will host the multi-day gathering on “Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?” The conference will examine what lessons have been learned and what challenges lie ahead. The event is a culmination of a large number of interviews and will be followed by a report with recommendations. It aims to be the most comprehensive and high-profile examination of the largest reorganization of the U.S. intelligence community in more than 50 years. Click here to read the press release announcing the conference.


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Blanton Museum Auditorium, UT Campus

3:15pm             General registration begins in the Edgar A. Smith Building at the Blanton Museum of Art 

4:00-5:00pm     Welcome Remarks and Discussion with Admiral William McRaven (ret.)

                      Introduced by William Powers, Jr, UT-Austin President

5:00-6:30pm     Keynote Address “Ten Years of Intelligence Integration and Reform”: James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence


Morning sessions are at the Blanton Museum Auditorium on UT campus, on the record, and open to registered attendees.

8:00-8:45am     Coffee and registration

8:45-9:00am     Opening Remarks: Admiral Bobby Inman (ret.), former National Security Agency Director

9:00-10:30am   Session 1: Office of the Director of National Intelligence: The View from the Top

                         Moderator: Michael Allen, Beacon Global Strategies Managing Director                         

                         James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence       

                         Vice Admiral Michael McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence

                         David Shedd, Defense Intelligence Agency Director (Acting)

10:30-10:45am BREAK

10:45-12:15pm Session 2: Office of the Director of National Intelligence: The View from Outside

                         Moderator: Paul Pope, UT-Austin CIA Officer in Residence

                         Stephen Cambone, former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

                         Lt Gen Frank Kisner (ret.), former NATO Special Operations Commander                         

                         Jim Langdon, former Chair of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board

                         Steve Slick, former National Security Council Senior Director for Intelligence

12:15-12:45pm BREAK

Afternoon sessions at the AT&T Conference Center on UT campus, on the record, and open to registered attendees.

12:45-2:00pm   Luncheon and Keynote Conversation: Steve Hadley, former National Security Advisor

2:15-3:45pm     Session 3: National Counterterrorism Center

                         Moderator: Robert Chesney, Strauss Center Director

                         Michael Allen, former House Intelligence Committee Staff Director                         

                         Matt Olsen, former National Counterterrorism Center Director

                         Juan Zarate, former Deputy National Security Advisor

3:45-4:00pm     BREAK

4:00-5:30pm     Session 4: Jihadist Terrorism: Assessing the Present and Future Threat                      

                         Moderator: Paul D. MIller, Clements Center Associate Director

                         Mary Habeck, former National Security Council Special Advisor

                         Marcel Lettre, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

                         John McLaughlin, former CIA Director (Acting)                         

                         Quintan Wiktorowicz, former National Security Council Senior Director

5:30-5:45pm     BREAK

5:45-7:00pm     Keynote Address “Congress over the Last Decade: Help or Hindrance?”: U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry, Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman


Daytime sessions are at the AT&T Conference Center on UT campus, on record, and open to registered attendees.

8:00-9:00am     Coffee and registration 

9:00-10:30am   Session 5: The Path Forward: Practitioner Perspectives

                         Moderator: Chuck Alsup, INSA Vice President for Policy

                         Tom Fingar, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence

                         Admiral Bobby Inman (ret.), former National Security Agency Director

                         John McLaughlin, former CIA Director (Acting)

                         Nick Rasmussen, National Counterterrorism Center Director (Acting)

                         David Shedd, Defense Intelligence Agency Director (Acting)

10:30-10:45am BREAK

10:45-12:15pm Session 6: The Path Forward: Scholar Perspectives

                         Moderator: William Inboden, Clements Center Director

                         Robert Jervis, Columbia University

                         Joshua Rovner, Southern Methodist University

                         Gary Schmitt, American Enterprise Institute

                         Jennifer Sims, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

                         Amy Zegart, Stanford University

12:30-1:30pm  Closing Luncheon and Keynote Address “The False Narrative: How Ending the ‘War on Terror’ Put America in Danger”: U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, Homeland Security Committee Chairman


More Information

The Thursday evening keynote addresses and Friday morning conference panels will be held in the Blanton Auditorium in the Edgar A. Smith Building at the Blanton Museum of Art (directions and parking information).

Friday lunch and afternoon sessions, Friday evening keynote, and all Saturday events take place at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (map below). Information on parking can be found here. 

About the Sponsors

The William P. Clements Jr. Center for History, Stratey & Statecraft at the University of Texas at Austin is a nonpartisan research and policy center that draws on the best insights of diplomatic and military history to train the next generation of national security leaders. The Clements Center honors former Texas Governor Bill Clements and his leadership on national security during his service as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1973-77.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law integrates expertise from across the University of Texas at Austin, as well as from the private and public sectors, in pursuit of practical solutions to emerging international challenges. Towards that end, the Center sponsors a wide array of research programs and educational initiatives.

The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, public-private organization that works to promote and recognize the highest standards within the national security and intelligence communities. INSA members include current and former high-ranking intelligence, military and government agency leaders, analysts, and experts from industry and academia. Drawing on the experience and expertise of this membership, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance provides the thought leadership that identifies crucial intelligence topics, completes strategic research and promotes innovative solutions.

This conference is part of the Intelligence Studies Project, a collaboration of the Clements Center and Strauss Center to bring together scholars, policymakers, and intelligence officials to explore the past, present, and future of intelligence work. This includes workshops conducted with the National Security Agency, the National Intelligence Council, and senior intelligence and counterterrorism officials.

Corporate sponsorship is provided by Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security, and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services.