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U.S. Intelligence: Confronting 21st Century Challenges
Spring Symposium 2018

U.S. Intelligence: Confronting 21st Century Challenges

Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 - Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

The University of Texas at Austin's Intelligence Studies Project (ISP) announces its Spring Symposium "U.S. Intelligence: Confronting 21st Century Challenges," on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on campus.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will deliver the keynote address. Director Coats will be introduced by Senator John Cornyn. The current Symposium schedule appears below. 

The Symposium is free and open to the public. However, advance registration is required for each session. Tickets are limited and non-transferable. Please plan to arrive early to secure your seat, as registration does not guarantee admission. Please register here. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Clements Center for National Security,  the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies




9:00 - 9:30 am
Arrival and Registration
(Light breakfast served)

9:30 - 9:40 am
Welcome by Stephen Slick, Director of the Intelligence Studies Project

9:45 - 11:00 am
Building and Sustaining Democratic Legitimacy 

Moderator: Mathew Waxman, Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia University 

  • Steven Aftergood, Director of the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy
  • Ben Huebner, Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Eric Schmitt, Senior Correspondent for the New York Times
  • Gregory Treverton, former Chairman of the National Intelligence Council

11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Student Briefing: IC Integration with U.S. Special Operation Forces Since 9/11 
Introduction by Paul Pope, 
Intelligence Studies Project Senior Fellow


12:00 - 12:30 pm
(Buffet luncheon for participants and registered guests)

12:30 - 2:00 pm
Keynote Address by the Honorable Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence
Introductory Remarks by Senator John Cornyn 

Discussion and audience questions moderated by Steve Slick


2:15 - 3:30 pm
Competence, or Questions U.S. Intelligence Cannot Get Wrong

Moderator: Michele L. Malvesti, Professor of Practice in International Security Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University 

  • John McLaughlin, former Acting Director of Central Intelligence
  • Nicholas Rasmussen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
  • Dennis Wilder, former National Security Council Senior Director for East Asian Affairs
  • Norman Roule, former National Intelligence Manager for Iran

3:30 pm
Symposium adjourns