Event

DATE
March 23, 2017, 08:30 AM - 04:35 PM

TIME
08:30 AM

VENUE
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, Connally Ballroom

Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland - ISP Spring Symposium
March 23, 2017, 08:30 AM - 04:35 PM
Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland - ISP Spring Symposium

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the Intelligence Studies Project and Business Executives for National Security, along with the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security, will host this year’s ISP Spring Symposium, “Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland,” at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.

Registration is free and open to the public.  Registration is now full, but a waitlist is available and accessible through the aforementioned Eventbrite registration link.

Livestream of this event will be available here:


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The full agenda of the symposium follows: 

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, Former General Manager of the Safer Planet Division of IBM

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