20 October 2017

The 2017 Texas National Security Forum was a high-profile success, thanks to outstanding panelists and engaged audience participants. The forum, "Alliances and Partnerships in American National Security," featured keynote remarks by The Honorable Michael Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Read below for news coverage of the event.

The NSF Forum’s keynote speaker, CIA Director Michael Pompeo, made national headlines from NBC News, Reuters, and The Hill with his remarks about Iran on the day before the President announced he would not re-certify the nuclear deal. Local and statewide media outlets including the Houston Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Daily Texan, Spectrum News, and KXAN reported Pompeo’s comments on North Korea, Russia, and his disdain for Wikileaks.

In a keynote address followed by a rare, in-depth interview conducted by Intelligence Studies Project Director Stephen Slick, Director Pompeo spoke about reforming CIA and the privilege of giving daily briefings to the President, and why students should consider a career with CIA. Director Pompeo admitted that the “privilege” of public speaking was not one that he was eager to repeat. “We have a great deal of power at CIA,” Director Pompeo said about accountability and secrecy, “that I believe the American people have wisely entrusted to us to keep them safe.” A copy of Director Pompeo’s keynote address is on the CIA’s website here.

The overarching theme of the 2017 National Security Forum was “alliances and partnerships.” Panelists representing areas of defense, intelligence, diplomacy, and international finance shed light on the complexity of international cooperation and U.S. foreign policy. Business Insider reported opening remarks from William Inboden, Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security. Dr. Inboden said, “Our organizations share an interest in helping students, citizens and entrepreneurs understand the world we live in.” The Strauss Center was proud to co-sponsor the event along with the Clements Center, Intelligence Studies Project, Stratfor, and LBJ School of Public Affairs.