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2018 Texas National Security Forum: "The Return of Great Power Competition"

2018 Texas National Security Forum: "The Return of Great Power Competition"

Friday, Nov 30, 2018 - Friday, Nov 30, 2018 | | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

 

On Friday, November 30, 2018, the Intelligence Studies Project, Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and Clements Center for National Security will hold the Fifth Annual Texas National Security Forum on "The Return of Great Power Competition." 

This year's forum, "The Return of Great Power Competition" will feature a keynote panel with Senator Richard Burr, Senator Mark Warner, and Senator John Cornyn of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as a keynote address by Senator Ben Sasse of the Armed Services Committee. Panels will feature experts on global threats, strategies and tactics, Russia, China, and world order. The full agenda can be viewed below.

Watch the livestream here

Registration is required to attend the Texas National Security Forum. Registration does not ensure admittance. Please arrive early to secure your seat. An overflow room will be available when max capacity is reached. If you register for a UT student ticket, you must bring your UT student ID to be admitted.


AGENDA

7:30 am – 8:00 am | Arrival and Registration

Coffee/Tea/Light breakfast served


SESSION I

8:00 am – 8:15 am | Welcome Remarks

Robert Chesney, Director of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law
William Inboden, Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security

8:15 am – 9:30 am | Panel One: World Order

Tony Blinken, Former Deputy Secretary of State
Eric Edelman, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
Kristen Silverberg, Former Ambassador to the European Union
Moderator: Lorinc Redei, Lecturer and Graduate Adviser of Master of Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs 

9:30 am – 10:45 am | Panel Two: Russia

General Philip Breedlove, USAF, Ret.; Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Evelyn Farkas, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia
Dan Fried, Former Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs
Moderator: Mary Neuburger, Director of the Center for Russia, East European and Eurasian Studies

10:45 – 11:00 am | Break


SESSION II

11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Keynote Conversation on the SSCI Investigation into Russian Active Measures

Introduction by President Gregory Fenves, The University of Texas at Austin

Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Senator Mark Warner, Vice Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Senator John Cornyn, Member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Moderator: Stephen Slick, Director of the Intelligence Studies Project

12:15 – 12:45 pm | Lunch

Buffet lunch provided for participants and registered guests

12:45 – 1:30 pm | Keynote Address by Senator Ben Sasse, Member of the Armed Services Committee

Introduction by Admiral Bob Inman, Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs


SESSION III

1:30 – 3:00 pm | A Special Conversation on Global Threats

Plenary Remarks:
General Raymond Anthony Thomas, USA, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command
Susan M. Gordon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

Panel Discussion:
General Raymond Anthony Thomas, USA, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command
Susan M. Gordon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
Admiral William McRaven, USN, Ret.; Former Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command
Admiral Eric Olson, USN, Ret.; Former Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command
Moderator: J. Paul Pope, Senior Fellow at the Intelligence Studies Project

3:00 – 4:15 pm | Panel Three: Strategies, Tactics, Tools

Elbridge Colby, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Peter Feaver, Former Special Advisor for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council
Mary Beth Long, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense 
Andrew May, Office of Net Assessment at the Department of Defense
Moderator: Celeste Ward Gventer, Associate Director of the Clements Center for National Security

4:15 – 5:30 pm | Panel Four: China

Christopher Johnson, Former Central Intelligence Agency Analyst
Kelly Magsamen, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs
Jim Steinberg, Former Deputy Secretary of State
Moderator: Josh Eisenman, Faculty Fellow at the Clements Center for National Security and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law

5:30 pm | Forum Adjourns

The Threat Assessment: A Texas Tribune Festival Event

The Threat Assessment: A Texas Tribune Festival Event

Friday, Sep 28, 2018 - Friday, Sep 28, 2018 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM | The Paramount Theatre

On Friday, September 28, UT Distinguished Scholar and ISP's Senior Advisor John Brennan participated as a panelist in the Texas Tribune Festival's "The Threat Assessment" panel. Brennan, a former CIA Director, was joined on the panel by former UT-System Chancellor (Admiral) William McRaven, Former National Counterterrorism Center Director Nick Rasmussen, and NBC's Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel. The panel's discussion was moderated by Professor William Inboden, Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security. 

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

VIDEOS: 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) hosted 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 delivered the keynote address. Director Coats was introduced by Senator John Cornyn. 

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