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Though years have passed since 9/11 without another terror attack on our soil, America is not yet safe. The Christmas Day plot shows that Al Qaeda remains determined to strike the homeland again. To answer critical questions about America's preparedness for terrorism, the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Program, in partnership with The New York Times and GSN: Government Security News, presents the Aspen Security Forum. The Forum will bring together top-level government officials, industry leaders, and leading thinkers for two days of in-depth discussions at our Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, Colorado on the state of:

aviation security | critical infrastructure protection (including cybersecurity) | maritime security | emergency preparedness| border security | counterterrorism strategy | mass transit | security | intelligence | and much more.

Read a special advertising feature on the Aspen Security Forum in the New York Times magazine.                              

Confirmed speakers include:

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Honorable Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security

The Honorable Michael Leiter, Director, National Counterterrorism Center

Raymond Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department

William Bratton, former Chief, Los Angeles Police Department

Admiral Steve Abbot, Former Deputy Director, Office of Homeland Security

Richard Ben-Veniste, Former 9/11 Commission member

Senator Jim Talent, Vice-Chair, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

The Honorable Fran Townsend, Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

Jeanne Meserve, CNN

Brian Ross, ABC News

Michael Isikoff, Newsweek

Ambassador-at-Large Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State

His Excellency Husain Haqqani, Pakistani Ambassador to the United States

Richard Barrett, Coordinator, Al-Qaida Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations


Thomas Frank, USA Today

Steve Simon, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Paul Pillar
Paul Pillar, Fomer CIA officer

 Peter Bergen, National Security Analyst, CNN


Kimberly Dozier, The Associated Press


Michelle Cottle, The New Republic

Richard Clarke, Former National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism

Robert Siegel, National Public Radio

David Sanger, The New York Times

David Ignatius, The Washington Post


Registration for the 2010 Aspen Security Forum is now open.

$950    General Forum Pass
$750    Society of Fellows* Forum Pass
$750    Nonprofit Employee, Government Employee, International Guest, University Faculty or Student

Register now.

The forum begins with an evening reception starting at 6:30 p.m. on June 28 and ends with a closing talk and reception at 8:00 p.m. on June 30

*The Society of Fellows is a community of Aspen Institute supporters