ISP Symposium – Intelligence in American Society with Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco

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

In the spring of 2016, the Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas-Austin hosted a symposium 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.

The White House Press release on Hon. Lisa Monaco’s remarks can be accessed here.

Video links to Ms. Monaco’s remarks, audience Q&A, and the panel discussions follow.

Selected photos from this event can be found here.


AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

University of Texas at Austin

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

9:00 – 9:05 am          Welcome Remarks by Stephen Slick, Intelligence Studies Project Director

9:05 – 10:15 am        Executive Branch Supervision and Oversight of U.S. Intelligence

                                              Moderator: Philip Bobbitt (Professor of Law, Columbia University)

Joan Dempsey (former Executive Director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board)

Brett Holmgren (National Security Council Senior Director for Intelligence Programs)

Kenneth Wainstein (former Homeland Security Advisor and FBI General Counsel)

10:30 – 11:30 am       Safeguarding Civil Liberties and Countering Terrorism

                                               Moderator: Kenneth Wainstein

David Medine (Chairman, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board)

Rachel Brand (Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board)

Elisebeth Collins (Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board)

12:00 – 1:15 pm        Luncheon Remarks by the Honorable Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy                                                                               National Security Advisor

1:30 – 2:30 pm         The Role of Congress in Overseeing National Security Institutions

                                              Moderator: Admiral Bobby Inman (former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence)

Honorable Michael McCaul (Chairman, House Committee on Homeland Security)

Honorable Michael Conaway (Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence)

2:45 – 3:00 pm         Report on Policy Research Project for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

                                              LBJ School of Public Affairs Students

3:00 – 4:00 pm         The Media’s Responsibilities in National Security Reporting

                                              Moderator: Suzanne Kelly (Publisher and CEO of The Cipher Brief)

William Harlow (former Director of Public Affairs at CIA)

Eric Schmitt (Senior Writer, Terrorism and National Security, The New York Times)

John Walcott (Professor, Georgetown University)

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Politics and Governance, the Alexander Hamilton Society, UT Student Veterans Service, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.