National Security

Highlights from the 2013 Aspen Security Forum

July 23, 2013

Security and terrorism leaders gathered recently at the fourth annual Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, CO. The three-day event included lively discussions and Q&A sessions on the biggest issues facing operatives in the US defense and intelligence fields today. The panels featured top current and former officials from government, and experts from the private sector, giving forthright perspectives on emerging trends, how the Defense Department is handling security threats in the midst of the Snowden leaks, and the effects of sequestration, among a host of other related topics.

Below are a few video highlights from the event. Visit the Aspen Security Forum website to view the full videos from each session, as well as footage from past years’ sessions.

Former top officials from the White House, the CIA, the NSA, and the Justice Department discuss the nature of terrorism threats facing the US today and how big of a priority fighting terrorism should be for America. Moderated by Fox News National Correspondent Catherine Herridge, the session’s panelists include former US Attorney General John Ashcroft; former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.); former FBI Deputy Director of National Security Philip Mudd; former FBI and CIA Director Judge William Webster; and former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism Juan Zarate. View the full video here.


Former intelligence officials discuss government requests made to telecommunications companies regarding the storage of metadata. TIME magazine Contributing Editor-at-Large Barton Gellman moderates a discussion between former Director of National Intelligence Adm. Dennis Blair (Ret.) and former Director of National Intelligence Amb. John Negroponte. View the full video here.


The most-watched video from this year’s Forum, this panel offers a tour d’horizon of the Mideast and Southwest Asia with the former Commander of US forces in the region. This session is moderated by CNN’s host of “The Situation Room” Wolf Blitzer, in conversation with former Commander of the US Central Command, US Joint Forces Command, and NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Gen. James N. Mattis (Ret.).