National Security

President Trump’s National Security Agenda

October 16, 2020  • Aspen Strategy Group

From domestic election security and counterterrorism, to U.S. interests around the globe, the National Security Advisor provides solutions to the most critical challenges of our time. President Trump’s National Security Advisor, Ambassador Robert O’Brien, joins former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley to discuss key questions, including:
• How is Washington countering Russia and China’s rising global influence?
• What is the future of America’s role in the Middle East?
• How will the U.S. continue to overcome the twin economic and health crises caused by COVID-19?
• How can we secure our democratic process from foreign meddling ahead of the 2020 Elections?


Ambassador Robert O’Brien
National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump
Amb. Robert O’Brien is the 28th U.S. National Security Advisor. Previously, he served as the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, leading diplomatic efforts on overseas hostage-related matters.

O’Brien has also served as Co-Chairman of the DOS Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform. From 2008 through 2011, O’Brien was a presidentially appointed member of the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee. In 2005, O’Brien was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a U.S. Representative to the UN General Assembly. Earlier in his career, O’Brien served as a Senior Legal Officer for the UN Security Council commission. O’Brien was a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.

O’Brien is the co-founding partner of Larson O’Brien LLP in LA. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and received his B.A. from UCLA. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.


Stephen Hadley
Former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush
Stephen Hadley is a principal of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, founded with Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates, and Anja Manuel. Hadley is also Board Chair of USIP and Executive Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council.

Hadley served for four years as the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. From 2001 to 2005, Hadley was the Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor, serving under National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. Hadley had previously served on the National Security Council staff and in the Defense Department including as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.

During his professional career, Hadley has served on a number of corporate and advisory boards, including the National Security Advisory Panel to the Director of Central Intelligence, the Department of Defense Policy Board, and the State Department’s Foreign Affairs policy Board. He is a member of the ASG.