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Aspen Security Forum Broadcasts

The Aspen Security Forum is an annual summer gathering of top-level present and former government officials from all relevant homeland security/counterterrorism agencies (the White House; Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Justice, and Treasury; the intelligence community; and Congress); industry leaders (large and small homeland security/counterterrorism-related companies, as well as private equity investors, merchant and investment bankers, venture capitalists, and other financiers); leading thinkers (in other think tanks and academe); nationally noted print and broadcast journalists; and concerned citizens. During three days of in-depth conversation, participants explore various aspects of cyber security; intelligence; counterterrorism strategy; aviation security; maritime security; border security; mass transit security; critical infrastructure protection; "soft targets" security; terrorism finance; and more.

See Aspen Public Radio's live broadcasts from the Aspen Security Forum below.

This schedule is subject to change

  

Legendary CIA Director Richard Helms titled his memoir, “A Look Over My Shoulder,” to describe his extraordinary career in in the intelligence community. As that book title suggests, perhaps the spymaster’s toughest task is to try to peer around corners to get a sense of threats that are now seen only dimly, if seen at all. Having been surprised by the speed with which Kim Jong Un developed the nuclear capability to threaten the United States and the extent of Bashir al-Assad’s remaining chemical weapons stocks, to cite two recent examples, what else is on the horizon that could pose a danger to America and our interests around the globe?

Security experts agree that Russia is already interfering in this year’s mid-terms.

Though efforts are underway to stop them, what more can be done to put an end to Russia’s interference in our elections and democratic institutions?

 

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The nation’s second most senior law enforcement official describes the work of the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force and makes an exclusive policy announcement. A panel of prominent former government officials and industry leaders reacts to that announcement.

Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security Secretary, briefs us on the security challenges the nation faces and how the Department and its partners, domestic and foreign, are working together to meet them. 

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The FBI Director describes the Bureau’s role in national security generally and cyberterrorism and counterintelligence specifically.

Is the "two state solution" dead once and for all? The panel will discuss the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians with President Trump in the White House. Panelists include Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Natan Sachs, Director of the Center for Middle East Policy for The Brookings Institution, Edward Walker, former US Ambassador to Israel and Husam Zomlot, Strategic Affairs Advisor to the President of the State of Palestine.

Aspen Security Forum 2017: Fight Tonight

Jul 22, 2017
Courtesy of the Aspen Institute

The prospect of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has never been higher. The Trump Administration has announced, ominously, that "strategic patience" has been a conspicuous failure and that if the Chinese will not or cannot "solve" the North Korean problem, the United States will. Short of war, can Kim Jong Un be stopped?

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The President's tough talk on China during the campaign has given way to a budding “bromance” with Xi Jinping. Will the mutual charm offensive last and, if so, what are its implications for resolving the threats from North Korea, the buildup in the South China Sea, and cyber espionage?

President Trump maintains that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. Was Vladimir Putin one of them? If so, beyond influencing the American election, is Russia working to undermine the entire Western liberal democratic order? If so, what can and should we do about it?

As the State Department threatens Iran, while, at the same time certifying that it is complying with the terms of the deal, this panel will weigh and debate the strategic pros and cons of reneging on it. Panelists include Antony Blinken, Former Deputy Secretary of State, Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, Kori Schake, Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Alex Vatanka, Senior Fellow at Middle East Institute. The discussion will be moderated by Elise Labott, Global Affairs Correspondent for CNN. 

  

Aspen Security Forum 2017: The View From Langley

Jul 20, 2017

The new CIA Director has his work cut out for him. Contrary to its depiction in spy novels, intelligence is more of an art than a science. So, advising policymakers on national security threats is not easy under the best of circumstances – let alone with the multiple threats America currently faces. It is even harder when there are crises on every side. Director Pompeo explains how he is meeting the unique challenges he faces in his new role. Bret Stephens, columnist for The New York Times, moderated the discussion.

Ever since 9/11, homeland security and counterterrorism professionals have been kept up at night by knowing that the odds against us are overwhelming. They have to "get it right" day in and day out; terrorists need to succeed only once and the consequences of even one strike can be devastating. Thomas Bossert, new Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser, talks with David Sanger from the New York Times, about how he wrestles with this elemental struggle.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain talks with journalist Lesley Stahl about what’s wrong with the Obama National Security Strategy. U.S. Senator McCain, along with other leaders on the United State’s Homeland Security front, spoke during the four-day Aspen Security Forum held at the Aspen Institute.

Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism - Four experts compare notes on strategies for fighting terrorism at its roots by winning hearts and minds.


TSA: Rethinking Aviation Security in the Post-Bin Laden Era

TSA Administrator John Pistole is moving the agency away from a “one size fits all” approach to aviation security. Is his “risk-based” strategy the answer to striking the right balance between security and liberty?

 

Aspen Security Forum - Clear and Present Danger

Jul 24, 2013

Clear and Present Danger: Cyber-Crime; Cyber-Espionage; Cyber-Terror; and Cyber-War

The nation's point man on cyber threats, National Security Agency Director and the Pentagon's Cyber Command Commander General Keith Alexander will discuss cyber-threats and the steps being taken to combat them.

Gen. Keith Alexander, Director, National Security Agency; Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

MODERATOR: Pete Williams, Chief Justice Correspondent, NBC News

MANHUNT: The Search for Osama Bin Laden

This session will feature an excerpted screening of the acclaimed HBO documentary, MANHUNT, based on the book of the same name by noted terrorism expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. Bergen, and the film’s director and producer, Greg Barker, will discuss the film and the story it tells.

Peter Bergen, Author, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad; National Security Analyst, CNN.

Greg Barker, Director and Producer, MANHUNT, Passion Pictures

MODERATOR: Dan Raviv, National Correspondent, CBS News

Aspen Security Forum - At the Center of the Action

Jul 22, 2013

"At the Center of the Action: The National Counterterrorism Center and its Role in Securing the Homeland"

If there is one “nerve center” for the nation's counterterrorism efforts, it is the NCTC. The present and past director will look back and look forward as the terrorist threat that created it evolves with time.

Matthew G. Olsen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Mike Leiter, Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center; Senior Counsel, Palantir Technologies

MODERATOR: Ryan Lizza, Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker

Aspen Security Forum - Mission Accomplished?

Jul 19, 2013

Mission Accomplished? Has the Intelligence Community Connected All the Dots?

By some estimates, we have spent more than a trillion dollars since 9/11 to improve our ability to collect, synthesize, and analyze the massive amount of intelligence at our fingertips. But, as the Boston marathon bombing illustrates, all these many years later, there are still dots to connect. Two former Directors of National Intelligence, an office created to see to it that the “dots” all across the intelligence community are connected, will discuss its successes to date and the challenges that remain.

Aspen Security Forum - Doing More with Less

Jul 18, 2013

Doing More with Less—Simply an Oxymoron or Also an Imperative: Refashioning Today's Pentagon to Fight the Wars of the Future

The leaders of the Pentagon today cannot afford to be merely expert military strategists and prescient forecasters of future security threats. In this age of austerity, they must also be skilled at stretching every dollar to the maximum to ensure that America remains the preeminent world power. The Department of Defense's “COO” will discuss the challenge of maintaining America's place in an ever more complicated world, while dealing with an unprecedented budget crisis.

Dr. Ashton B. Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense

MODERATOR: David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

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