Aspen Security Forum Announces Initial 2024 Speakers

June 18, 2024

Leaders from the United States and around the world address urgent national security and foreign policy challenges at the 15thAnnual Aspen Security Forum

Contact: Jon Purves
Media Relations Director
The Aspen Institute

Ilana Drimmer
Senior Advisor for Communications and Engagement
Aspen Strategy Group

Aspen, CO, June 18, 2024 — The Aspen Strategy Group today announced the initial list of speakers participating in the 2024 Aspen Security Forum, with more to follow in the weeks to come. The 15th annual Forum will take place in Aspen, Colorado from Tuesday, July 16 through Friday, July 19 and will feature senior government and military officials from the United States and their counterparts from around the world, top business executives, leading academics, prominent journalists, and more.

These global leaders will take part in panel discussions and one-on-one conversations addressing the most critical national security and foreign policy challenges of our time.

“2024 marks a record year for elections, sustained conflict in Ukraine and Gaza, and continued challenges by Russia and China around the world. This year’s Aspen Security Forum will explore these seismic developments through meaningful dialogue with the world’s top leaders,” said Anja Manuel, Executive Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum.

Speakers announced today include:

  • Joseph Nye, Co-Chair, Aspen Strategy Group; Dean Emeritus, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
  • Condoleezza Rice, Co-Chair, Aspen Strategy Group; 66th U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
  • Daniel Porterfield, President and CEO, Aspen Institute
  • Anja Manuel, Executive Director, Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum
  • Christine Wormuth, 25th Secretary of the Army, U.S. Army
  • Laura Richardson, Commander, U.S. Southern Command
  • Stephen Whiting, Commander, U.S. Space Command
  • Jeffrey Kruse, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Nicholas Burns, U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China
  • Alan Estevez, Under Secretary of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Brian Nelson, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Doug Beck, Director, Defense Innovation Unit and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense
  • Stephen E. Biegun, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, The Boeing Company; Former Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
  • Chris Brose, Chief Strategy Officer, Anduril Industries
  • Troy Demmer, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Gecko Robotics
  • Mark Esper, Partner, Red Cell Partners VC; 27th U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Bob Gates, Partner, Rice, Hadley, Gates and Manuel; 22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Intel
  • Steve Hadley, Partner, Rice, Hadley, Gates and Manuel; Former U.S. National Security Advisor
  • Jane Harman, Chair, Commission on the National Defense Strategy; Former Member of Congress
  • Teresa Hutson, Corporate Vice President, Technology for Fundamental Rights, Microsoft
  • Igor Jablokov, CEO, Pryon
  • Katie Jenner, Secretary of Education, Indiana Department of Education
  • Mara Karlin, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities, U.S. Department of Defense
  • John “Jack” Keane, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Institute for the Study of War; Member, Commission on the National Defense Strategy
  • Robert Lightfoot, President, Lockheed Martin Space; Former Associate Administrator, NASA 
  • Douglas Lute, Chair, International, Trade, Defense, and Critical Technologies Practices, BGR Group; Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
  • Anna Makanju, Vice President, Global Affairs, Open AI
  • Liz Martin, Director, U.S. Department of Defense, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
  • Michael Miebach, CEO, Mastercard
  • David Miliband, CEO and President, International Rescue Committee
  • Tara Murphy Dougherty, CEO, Govini
  • Eileen O’Connor, Senior Vice President for Communications, Policy, and Advocacy, Rockefeller Foundation 
  • Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, President and CEO, ONE Campaign
  • Meghan O’Sullivan, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University; Former Deputy National Security Adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State
  • Mara Rudman, James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor and Ripples of Hope Project Director, University of Virginia Miller Center; Member, Commission on the National Defense Strategy
  • Kori Schake, Senior Fellow and Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America; Former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State
  • Kent Walker, President, Global Affairs, Google

Many additional speakers are already confirmed and will be announced in the coming weeks, including senior White House and U.S. military officials as well as international and U.S. cabinet officials.

For media: Members of the press can apply for media credentials for the Aspen Security Forum here.

The Aspen Security Forum is generously supported by Google, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, MITRE, and Walton Family Foundation, as well as Amazon Web Services, Financial Times, Lockheed Martin Space, and The Rockefeller Foundation, with additional support from Anduril, American Airlines, Beacon Global Strategies, Boeing, Citi, Gecko Robotics, Govini, Intel, Mayer Brown, Pryon, and Zscaler.


The Aspen Strategy Group’s mission is to convene decision makers in resolutely non-partisan public and private forums to address key foreign policy challenges facing the United States. The ASG organizes its annual Summer Workshop, hosts Track II dialogues, and presents the annual Aspen Security Forum where domestic and foreign government officials, business executives, leading academics, and noted journalists convene for three and a half days to discuss solutions to the most pressing national security and foreign policy challenges of our time. As a part of the Aspen Strategy Group’s commitment to cultivating the next generation of leaders in national security and foreign policy, the third pillar of its work is the Rising Leaders Program for young professionals.

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