21 October 2014

It has been a decade since the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 ushered in a sweeping reorganization of the U.S. intelligence community, creating the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center.

Partnering with the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the University of Texas at Austin's Clements Center and Strauss Center hosted a multi-day gathering on "Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?" from October 16-18, 2014. The conference examined what lessons have been learned and what challenges lie ahead. The event was 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.

Video, audio, and images from the conference can be found below; more information on all of the speakers can be found here

Photos of keynote conversations with Admiral McRaven and Director Clapper

Photos of keynote conversations with Steve Hadley, U.S. Rep Mac Thornberry, and U.S. Rep Michael McCaul

Photos of sessions 1-6


4:00-5:00pm     Welcome Remarks and Discussion with Admiral William McRaven, (ret.) [click for audio]

                   Introduced by William Powers, Jr, UT-Austin President

5:00-6:30pm     Keynote Address "Ten Years of Intelligence Integration and Reform" [click for audio]   

                            James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence                 



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

9:00-10:30am   Session 1: Office of the Director of National Intelligence: The View from the Top [click for audio]

                         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)

10:45-12:15pm Session 2: Office of the Director of National Intelligence: The View from Outside [click for audio]

                         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

12:45-2:00pm   Luncheon and Keynote Conversation: Steve Hadleyformer National Security Advisor [click for audio]

2:15-3:45pm     Session 3: National Counterterrorism Center [click for audio]

                         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

4:00-5:30pm     Session 4: Jihadist Terrorism: Assessing the Present and Future Threat [click for audio]

                         Moderator: Paul D. Miller, Clements Center Associate Director

                         Mary Habeck, former National Security Council Special Advisor

                         Marcel Lettre, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

                         John McLaughlin, former CIA Director (Acting)

                         Quintan Wiktorowicz, former National Security Council Senior Director

5:45-7:00pm     Keynote Address: "Congress over the Last Decade: Help or Hindrance" [click for audio]

                            U.S. Representative Mac ThornberryArmed Services Committee Vice-Chairman


9:00-10:30am   Session 5: The Path Forward: Practitioner Perspectives [click for audio]

                         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, Acting National Counterterrorism Center Director

                         David Shedd, Defense Intelligence Agency Director (Acting)

10:45-12:15pm Session 6: The Path Forward: Scholar Perspectives [click for audio]

                         Moderator: William Inboden, Clements Center Director

                         Robert Jervis, Columbia University Professor

                         Joshua Rovner, Southern Methodist University Associate Professor

                         Gary Schmitt, American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar

                         Jennifer Sims, Chicago Council on Global Affairs Senior Fellow

                         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" [click for audio]

                         U.S. Representative Michael McCaulHomeland Security Committee Chairman