On Thursday, March 23, 2017, LBJ School students attended a university-wide symposium on intelligence and security featuring expert speakers, including a keynote from FBI Director James Comey. The symposium, “Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland,” focused on the unique challenges confronting intelligence and law enforcement agencies in preventing, detecting and disrupting extremist attacks in the U.S.

In addition to Comey, the symposium featured a variety of homeland security experts speaking on state and local government challenges, civil liberties and the nature of the evolving threat that the United States currently faces. Other special guests included Thomas Bossert, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Admiral Kurt Tidd, Commander U.S. Southern Command.

Greg Fenves, President of The University of Texas at Austin, delivered welcoming remarks and UT System Chancellor, Admiral and LBJ faculty member Bill McRaven was part of a discussion on commanders’ perspectives. 

LBJ School students engaged in the lively discussions and generated digital buzz by live-tweeting throughout the event. Jodi Rosenstein, a doctoral student at the LBJ School, had an opportunity to ask Thomas Bossert about the Trump Administration’s plans for establishing stability in the Middle East during an audience Q&A.

The event was hosted by the Intelligence Studies Project (ISP) and Business Executives for National Security and sponsored by the LBJ School, the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security.

For more on the symposium, including photos, video and press coverage, please visit the Intelligence Studies Project.

Image above features UT President Greg Fenves, FBI Director James Comey and UT System Chancellor Admiral Bill McRaven. Photo courtesy Bob Daemmrich.