The Role of Intelligence in American National Security: Shall we use Intelligence, or intelligence?
Lunchtime Talk

The Role of Intelligence in American National Security: Shall we use Intelligence, or intelligence?

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm | SRH 3.122

On Wednesday, April 5, the Intelligence Studies Project and the Clements Center will host Angelo Codevilla, former staff member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, for a discussion on the U.S. Intelligence Community. Professor Codevilla's talk will take place at 12:15pm in Sid Richardson Hall, room 3.122. This event is free and open to the public.

Women in National Security featuring Michele L. Malvesti
Speaker Series

Women in National Security featuring Michele L. Malvesti

Friday, Mar 24, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm | Texas Union - Eastwoods Room

On Friday, March 24th, the Intelligence Studies Project, in partnership with the Clements Center, Strauss Center, and UT’s Women in Foreign Affairs, welcomed Dr. Michele L. Malvesti to the Texas Union as a speaker in the Women and National Security Speaker Series. The goal of the Women and National Security Speaker Series is to feature distinguished foreign policy and national security experts while highlighting a range of important policy issues.

VIDEO: Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland
Spring Symposium

VIDEO: Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 | 9:00 am to 4:35 pm | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the Intelligence Studies Project (ISP) and Business Executives for National Security hosted a symposium, “Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland,” at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on the campus of UT Austin.

A Conversation on National Security Leadership with Marc Thiessen
Lunchtime Talk

A Conversation on National Security Leadership with Marc Thiessen

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm | SRH 3.124

The Intelligence Studies Project, along with the Strauss and Clements Centers, hosted Marc Thiessen on February 23 for a lunchtime talk. Marc Thiessen is an AEI Foreign and Defense Policy Scholar, and formerly served as Chief Speechwriter to President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He is the author of Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Obama is Inviting the Next Attack.

The President's Book of Secrets: Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents
Lunchtime Book Talk

The President's Book of Secrets: Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:45pm | LBJ Presidential Library Atrium (10th Floor)

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Intelligence Studies Project, Strauss Center, Clements Center, and the LBJ Presidential Library welcomed David Priess for a talk on his book The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama.

Follow The Money: A Conversation with Leslie Ireland, U.S. Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis

Follow The Money: A Conversation with Leslie Ireland, U.S. Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 | 12:15 - 1:45 PM | SRH 3.122

The Intelligence Studies Project, the Robert Strauss Center, and the Clements Center are honored to host Leslie Ireland, U.S. Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, on Wednesday, October 26th, in SRH 3.122 from 12:15-1:30 pm. This event, which is free and open to the public, is being co-hosted by Women in Foreign Affairs. Remarks made during the talk are off the record.

Espionage by Americans from the Revolutionary War to the Present

Espionage by Americans from the Revolutionary War to the Present

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 | 12:15 - 1:45 pm | SRH 3.122

On October 12, 2016, the Strauss Center and the Intelligence Studies Project hosted Michael Sulick, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service and Chief of CIA Counterintelligence. Based on his books Spying in America and American Spies, Mr. Sulick discussed incidents of espionage directed against the US, with a particular focus on how American beliefs shape our attitudes towards—and ability to detect—espionage.

The Power in Diversity Recruitment: A Conversation with Shirley Sulick, Former CIA Official

The Power in Diversity Recruitment: A Conversation with Shirley Sulick, Former CIA Official

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 | 11:45 - 1:00 pm | SAC 2.120

The CIA is vital to our Nation’s security, and it routinely appears as the top of rankings of best government employers.  Learn how the CIA seeks to attract, retain, and reward a diverse, inclusive workforce to help our leaders understand a complex world. Registration for UT students, faculty, and staff can be accessed here.

Informing Nonproliferation with Intelligence: Three Problems

Informing Nonproliferation with Intelligence: Three Problems

Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016 | 12:15 - 1:45 PM | SRH 3.122

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 12:15pm, the Intelligence Studies Project and the LBJ School’s Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project  welcomed Henry Sokolski, Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. The event was hosted by the NPPP’s Coordinator, LBJ School Associate Professor Alan J. Kuperman. Discussed were the findings of a two-year research project conducted NPEC entitled “Speaking Truth to Nonproliferation.” This report is comprised of reflections of over fifty former senior officials in the field.

NSF 2016: National Security in a Time of Transition

NSF 2016: National Security in a Time of Transition

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 - Friday, Sep 23, 2016 | TBD | Etter Harbin Alumni Center/LBJ Presidential Library

Security in Transition: National Security Challenges Facing the Next President

Leading figures from the executive branch, the intelligence community and academia joined the Herzstein Texas National Security Forum at the University of Texas at Austin to discuss the national security issues facing the next President and the impact of Presidential transitions on the nation's security. This two-day conference, which occurred from September 22 – September 23, was hosted by the Herzstein Foundation, the Moody Foundation, the Robert Strauss Center, the Clements Center, the White House Transition Project, the Baker Institute, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Center for Politics and Governance and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Gala Dinner Honoring Admiral Bobby R. Inman

Gala Dinner Honoring Admiral Bobby R. Inman

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 | |

President Gregory L. Fenves is pleased to announce a Gala Dinner honoring Admiral Bobby R. Inman on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas.

General Michael V. Hayden Discusses American Intelligence

General Michael V. Hayden Discusses American Intelligence

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

UT's Intelligence Studies Project, the Clements Center for National Security, and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, were pleased to welcome General Michael V. Hayden to the University of Texas on Friday, April 29, at 3:30pm for a conversation with Admiral Bobby R. Inman on "American Intelligence and National Security".

Thinking About Global Futures

Thinking About Global Futures

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 | 12:15 - 1:45 PM | SRH 3.122

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Strauss Center, UT’s Intelligence Studies Project, and the Clements Center hosted Dr. Gregory Treverton, chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) and advisor to the Director of National Intelligence. The topic of Dr. Treverton’s talk concerned the National Intelligence Council’s work with analyzing global trends. He first spoke on the NIC as an organization, offering insight into their mission and future goals.

Conference on "Intelligence in American Society" with Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

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In the Spring of 2016, the Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas-Austin hosted a conference on “Intelligence in American Society”. The conference focused on the supervision and oversight of U.S. intelligence activities. The luncheon keynote speaker was Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Morning and afternoon discussions involved current and former officials involved in intelligence oversight by all three branches of government, the media, and non-governmental organizations.

A Discussion with NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett

A Discussion with NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2016 | 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM | Eidman Courtroom, UT School of Law

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the Intelligence Studies Project, the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Clements Center for National Security welcome Rick Ledgett, Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, to speak on issues pertaining to intelligence and counterintelligence. The event is free and open to the public.

Medina: Thinking Differently About Intelligence

Medina: Thinking Differently About Intelligence

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 | 12:15 - 1:45 PM | SRH 3.122

On Thursday, March 3, UT's Intelligence Studies Project, the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Clements Center for National Security, and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement welcomed Carmen Medina, former Deputy Director for Intelligence at CIA, to discuss the importance of more diverse thinking in intelligence. 

Great Powers, Failed States, and New Frontiers: National Security Challenges in the 21st Century

Great Powers, Failed States, and New Frontiers: National Security Challenges in the 21st Century

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 - Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 | 5:00 PM | AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

This forum will explore the security challenges the U.S. currently faces, and how our national security institutions are positioned to respond.

CANCELLED: A Conversation on Intelligence and National Security with General Michael Hayden, Admiral Bobby Inman and Admiral William McRaven

CANCELLED: A Conversation on Intelligence and National Security with General Michael Hayden, Admiral Bobby Inman and Admiral William McRaven

Tuesday, Nov 03, 2015 - Tuesday, Nov 03, 2015 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | LBJ Library Atrium, 10th Floor

Due to a family emergency, Gen. Hayden very regretfully has to cancel his trip to Texas this week, including his Tuesday evening event with the Strauss-Clements Intelligence Studies Project. We hope to reschedule this event at a later time.

Protecting Civil Liberties and the Nation

Protecting Civil Liberties and the Nation

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM | Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.122

The Civil Liberties Protection Officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Alex Joel discussed protecting civil liberties at the University of Texas. 

ISP Welcomed CIA Director John Brennan

ISP Welcomed CIA Director John Brennan

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 | 3:00-4:30pm | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, Connally Ballroom

University of Texas Chancellor William McRaven, former Director of Central Intelligence Porter Goss, and Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick joined Director Brennan for a roundtable discussion on September 15, 2015.

88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM | Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.122

On Thursday, April 16, the Intelligence Studies Project at the Strauss and Clements Centers welcomed former Islamabad CIA Station Chief Robert Grenier to discuss his new book, 88 Days to Kandahar. The book tells the story of the initial days following 9/11 in Afghanistan and chronicles the fall of Kandahar and the rise of Hamid Karzai. Grenier was introduced by Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick, who called Grenier one of the most distinguished and respected operations officers of his generation.

Security by Design: Homeland Security, Strategy, and Re-imagining National Security

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM | Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.122

On Tuesday, March 31 the Strauss Center welcomed former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security David Heyman to discuss the concept of homeland security in a changing world. In his talk, "Security by Design: Homeland Security, Strategy, and Re-Imagining National Security," Heyman pointed out that while many people have heard of homeland security, very few people actually know what it is. Heyman argued homeland security requires a forward-thinking vision based on shared responsibility between governments, communities, and individuals to find the needle in the haystack.

Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 - Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 | | AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

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.

Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM | Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.122

On April 22, 2014, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the William P. Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft welcomed John Rizzo, Former Acting General Counsel of the CIA, to discuss his recently-published book, Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA. The book provides an insider's perspective on the evolution of the CIA, particularly in a new era of "political" and "open" institutions. The book also aims to shed some light on the types of issues that lawyers enmeshed in the fabric of the Agency have had to face over the past few decades.

The National Security Agency at the Crossroads

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 - Friday, Apr 04, 2014 | | AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

As part of a larger effort to improve public understanding of last year's events surrounding the National Security Agency, from April 3rd through 4th the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security hosted a major interdisciplinary conference focused on the NSA. It covered topics including the history of the NSA, the role of the media in revealing classified information about its activities, the legal architecture in which it operates, the compliance and oversight mechanisms associated with the NSA, the diplomatic fallout from the recent revelations, and the prospects for reform.