The Aspen Security Forum Releases Select 2012 Forum Panels

July 17, 2012

Contact: Josh Diamonstein
Homeland Security Program Associate, The Aspen Institute
202-736-2904 /

Washington, DC, July 17, 2012 – The Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program today releases its agenda for the third annual forum on homeland security and counterterrorism, the Aspen Security Forum, to be held July 25-28 in Aspen, CO. A full schedule is available on the forum website, The forum is co-presented by’s “Security Clearance” and The New York Times.

Notable sessions include:
*Note: All event times are Mountain Time

July 25

  • Admiral William McRaven, commander of US Special Operations Command
    In conversation with Wolf Blitzer, host of CNN’s “The Situation Room”
    At the Point of the Spear: The Role of Special Operations Forces in America’s Post-9/11, Post-Iraq/Afghanistan Defense Strategy
    at 6:00 PM

July 26

  • Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center
    Michael Leiter
    , former director of the National Counterterrorism Center
    In conversation with David Ignatius, Washington Post Associate Editor & Columnist
    The National Counterterrorism Center’s Role in Counterterrorism
    at 9:00 AM
  • Michael Sheehan, assistant secretary of defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict
    Paul Stockton,
    assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs
    Admiral (Ret.) Eric Olson,
    former commander of US Special Operations Command
    In conversation with New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger
    The Department of Defense’s Role in Counterterrorism
    at 10:15 AM
  • General Keith Alexander, National Security Agency Director and Commander of US Cyber Command
    In conversation with NBC News correspondent Pete Williams
    at 12:45 PM
  • The hit Showtime series “Homeland” will be screened at 8:00 PM. Following the screening, the show’s executive producer, Alex Cary, will be joined by former Director of Intelligence Analysis at NYPD Mitch Silber and former Commissioner of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) Richard Ben-Veniste to discuss the role that Hollywood plays and should play in the national security debate, especially as it pertains to terrorism. CNN Intelligence Correspondent Suzanne Kelly will moderate the discussion.

July 27

  • John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration
    In conversation with ABC News’ “Nightline” co-anchor Terry Moran
    Aviation Security
    at 9:00 AM
  • Sean Joyce, deputy FBI Director
    Timothy Williams
    , director of INTERPOL Washington
    William Webster
    , former FBI and CIA Director
    Bart Johnson,
    former principal deputy undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security
    Brad Brekke,
    VP for assets protection at Target
    In conversation with NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston
    Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
    at 10:30 AM
  • American Wars and Foreign Policy will feature discussions on Iraq, Afghanistan, and European partners and international organizations.

Paul Wolfowitz, former deputy Secretary of State
Christopher Hill, former US Ambassador to Iraq
Jabir Habeb Jabir, Ambassador of Iraq to the US
In conversation with the Associated Press’s Kimberly Dozier
The Iraq War at 2:45 PM

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Douglas E. Lute, special assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Sherry Rehman, ambassador of Pakistan to the US
Eklil Hakimi, afghan Ambassador to the US
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Karl Eikenberry, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan
In conversation with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” Correspondent Steve Kroft
The war in Afghanistan at 4:15 PM

July 28

  • Lisa Monaco, assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice
    Alberto Mora
    , former general counsel of the Navy
    Ali Soufan
    , former FBI special agent
    In conversation with Newsweek special correspondent Dan Klaidman
    The Rule of Law and the War on Terrorism
    at 9:15 AM
  • Raymond Kelly, New York City Police Department Commissioner
    In conversation with Walter Isaacson, president & CEO of The Aspen Institute
    Securing the Nation’s Largest City
    at 11:30 AM
  • Colin Kahl, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for the Middle East (President Obama supporter)
    Douglas Feith
    , former under secretary of Defense for Policy (Governor Romney supporter)
    In conversation with Politico White House correspondent Josh Gerstein
    Decision 2012 and National Security
    at 12:45 PM
  • Jane Holl Lute, deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
    Michael Chertoff
    , former Secretary of Homeland Security
    Jim Loy
    , former acting and deputy Director of Homeland Security
    In conversation with TIME magazine’s Editor-at-Large Bart Gellman
    The Department of Homeland Security: Past, Present, and Future
    at 4:15 PM
  • Admiral Robert S. Harward, deputy commander, US Central Command
    In conversation with Wolf Blitzer, host of CNN’s “The Situation Room”
    CENTCOM’s Front and Center Role in Combating Threats to America’s Interests
    at 5:30 PM

Additional topics discussed will include maritime security; mass transit security; critical infrastructure protection and “soft targets” security; cyber-security; legal issues in the war on terrorism; and the role and responsibilities of the media in reporting on sensitive homeland security/counterterrorism-related issues.

Forum sessions will be streamed live at and posted after on Updates will be featured on Twitter at and #ASF2012, as well as on Facebook at

For media questions, please contact Jennifer Myers at or 202-286-1680. 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 2012 Aspen Security Forum are AGT International, HFRX, IBM, The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Target, and The CELL.

The Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program works to heighten public awareness as to the nation’s continued vulnerability to terrorism, and to persuade the nation to take the necessary steps to close the gap between how secure we should be and how secure we actually are. For more information, please visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. For more information, please visit


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