The Aspen Security Forum Releases its 2010 Agenda

June 16, 2010

For Immediate Release
Contact: Josh Diamonstein
Homeland Security Program Coordinator, The Aspen Institute



The Aspen Security Forum Releases its 2010 Agenda

Washington, DC, June 16, 2010 – The Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program announces the release of its schedule for its first annual forum on homeland security and counterterrorism, the 2010 Aspen Security Forum, from June 28-30. The schedule will also be available on the forum website,

Notable sessions include: 

June 28 

  • “Afghanistan/Pakistan: The National Security Challenge” – Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will appear in conversation with David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent, The New York Times, at 6:00 p.m.

June 29

  • The Honorable Jane Holl Lute, deputy secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security will appear in conversation with Jeanne Meserve, CNN, at 9:00 a.m.
  • “Aviation Security” – a conversation among Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA); Christopher Bidwell, VP, Airport Council International; Erroll Southers, former nominee, TSA Administrator; Jim May, president and CEO, Air Transport Association, moderated by Thomas Frank, USA Today, at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Honorable Fran Townsend, former assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, will appear in conversation with Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, at 12:45 p.m.
  • “Cyber Securty” – a conversation with Richard A. Clarke, former special advisor to the President for cyber security, moderated by David Ignatius, The Washington Post at 5:15 p.m, followed by a conversation with Clarke, Rod Beckstrom, former director, National Cybersecurity Center, US Department of Homeland Security, and Daniel Prieto, vice president and practice lead, public sector strategy & innovation, IBM.
  • “Terror in Mumbai” – the recent HBO film about the 2008 terror attacks in India will be screened and a panel of terrorism experts (namely, Steven Simon, The Council on Foreign Relations; Peter Bergen, CNN; and Paul Pillar, former senior CIA officer) will discuss those attacks’ implications for security here at home. Moderated by Kimberly Dozier, AP, at 8:00 p.m. 

June 30

  • “The Terror Threat Picture and Counterterrorism Strategy” – a conversation with The Honorable Michael E. Leiter, director, National Counterterrorism Center, moderated by Michael Isikoff, NBC News, at 9:00 a.m.
  • “How Prepared are We for the Next 9/11?” – a conversation among former Senator Gary Hart, co-chair, “Hart-Rudman” US Commission on National Security/21st Century; Richard Ben-Veniste, former 9/11 Commission member; former Senator Jim Talent (R-MO), vice-chair, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism; and Mati Kochavi, chairman, AGT International; moderated by Admiral Steve Abbot, former deputy director, White House Office of Homeland Security, at 1:00 p.m.
  • “The View from Abroad” – a panel featuring His Excellency Husain Haqqani, Pakistani Ambassador to the United States; Richard Barrett, coordinator, Al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team, UN; Ambassador Henry Crumpton, former coordinator for counterterrorism, US Department of State; and moderated by Robert Siegel, NPR, at 2:30 p.m.
  • The Honorable Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, will be in conversation with Brian Ross, ABC News, at 7:30 p.m.

Additional topics discussed will include maritime security; border security; mass transit security; terrorism preparedness; intelligence; counterterrorism strategy; “soft targets” security; and critical infrastructure protection (with a particular emphasis on cyber-terror).

Day passes for the forum are now on sale and available through the website and include admission to all panels each day, as well as meals. Passes to the opening reception and conversation with Admiral Mullen are $60. Full day passes for June 29 and 30 are $450 per day.

Daily video highlights from the Security Forum will be posted at, and event updates will be featured at and For more information on the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program, please visit

To apply for press credentials to the forum, please complete this form. For media questions, please contact Jennifer Myers at or 202-736-2906. For general information about the forum, please contact Josh Diamonstein at or 202-736-2904. For sponsorship information, please contact Deborah Cunningham at  All sessions will be on the record.

Sponsors for the 2010 Aspen Security Forum to date are AGT International, Boeing, IBM, the Ford Foundation, and Northrop Grumman.

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners.




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