Intelligence Studies Project holds fifth annual 'Intelligence in Transition' symposium | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

The conference, featuring Principal Deputy Director of Intelligence Susan Gordon, examined strategy, new threats and technology challenges as well as institutional change in the intelligence community.

On March 28, 2019, the Intelligence Studies Project hosted its fifth annual spring "Intelligence in Transition" symposium, anchored by a keynote address by Susan Gordon, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. The event was co-sponsored by the Strauss Center, Clements Center and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

The day opened with welcome remarks from LBJ Professor and ISP Director Steve Slick.

After that came the panel "Strategic Warning," with opening remarks by National Intelligence Council Chair Amy McAuliffe. Patricipants:

  • Dennis Wilder, former National Security Council senior director for East Asian affairs
  • Philip Bobbitt, director of the Center for National Security at Columbia Law School
  • Moderator: Robert Hutchings, Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security and professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs
Philip Bobbitt, Amy McAuliffe and LBJ's Robert Hutchings during the symposium.
Philip Bobbitt, director of the Center for National Security at Columbia Law School, National Intelligence Council
Chair Amy McAuliffe and Robert Hutchings, Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security and professor of
public affairs at the LBJ School during the symposium.

 

Then Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers joined Ellen Nakashima, the national security reporter for the Washington Post, for a conversation: "Law Enforcement Responses to New Threats."

Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post interviews John Demers during the symposium
Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post interviews Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.

 

After lunch, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Susan Gordon delivered keynote remarks. Adm. Bobby R. Inman, LBJ Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School, introduced her, and Steve Slick moderated the conversation.

Susan Gordon delivers keynote remarks
Susan Gordon, principal deputy director of national intelligence, delivers keynote remarks at the "Intelligence
in Transition" symposium.

 


Media coverage:

The afternoon ended with the panel "Emerging Threats, Technology Challenges, and Institutional Change." Participants:

  • Michelle Van Cleave, former national counterintelligence executive
  • Matthew Travis, deputy director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency
  • Samantha Ravich, fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Michael Daniel, former special assistant to the president and White House cybersecurity coordinator
  • John Carlin, former assistant attorney general for national security
  • Moderator: Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law
John Carlin, Michael Daniel, Matthew Travis and Michelle Van Cleave, join LBJ's Robert Chesney
John Carlin, former assistant attorney general for national security; Michael Daniel, former special assistant to
the president and White House cybersecurity coordinator; Matthew Travis, deputy director of the Cybersecurity
and Infrastructure Agency; and Michelle Van Cleave, former national counterintelligence executive, join Robert
Chesney, director of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

 


"Intelligence in Transition" symposium details:

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