Welcome to the third annual Aspen Security Forum. We are delighted this week to welcome professionals in the field of homeland security and counterterrorism, as well as curious and informed citizens who want to interact with key decision makers and thought leaders and engage them in spirited dialogue.
Skills training, community colleges, entrepreneurship, and civility were a few of the key issues President Obama spoke about in his State of the Union address last night. We asked some of our experts in these fields and others for their reactions. Their responses are below:
President Obama called on Congress last week to work with his administration to introduce reforms that would make the federal government more efficient. We asked some of our experts what they would recommend.
This week the nation pauses to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. As we commemorate that sad occasion, we can take some comfort in the fact that we succeeded in finding, and eliminating, the perpetrator of those attacks before this iconic anniversary.
National security analyst Peter Bergen talks about how he thinks the recent North African and Arab uprisings may have begun. He also discusses the role of social and broadcast media in the current revolutions and the Iraq war.