WASHINGTON, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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, www.aspensecurityforum.org. The forum is co-presented by CNN.com's "Security Clearance" and The New York Times.
Notable sessions include:
*Note: All event times are Mountain Time
- Admiral William McRaven, commander of US Special Operations CommandIn 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
- Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism CenterMichael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism CenterIn conversation with David Ignatius, Washington Post Associate Editor & ColumnistThe National Counterterrorism Center's Role in Counterterrorism at 9:00 AM
- Michael Sheehan, assistant secretary of defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity ConflictPaul Stockton, assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security AffairsAdmiral (Ret.) Eric Olson, former commander of US Special Operations CommandIn 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 CommandIn conversation with NBC News correspondent Pete WilliamsCybersecurity 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.
- John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration In conversation with ABC News' "Nightline" co-anchor Terry MoranAviation Security at 9:00 AM
- Sean Joyce, deputy FBI DirectorTimothy Williams, director of INTERPOL WashingtonWilliam Webster, former FBI and CIA DirectorBart Johnson, former principal deputy undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland SecurityBrad Brekke, VP for assets protection at TargetIn conversation with NPR's Dina Temple-RastonLaw 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
- Lisa Monaco, assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice Alberto Mora, former general counsel of the NavyAli Soufan, former FBI special agent In conversation with Newsweek special correspondent Dan KlaidmanThe Rule of Law and the War on Terrorism at 9:15 AM
- Raymond Kelly, New York City Police Department CommissionerIn conversation with Walter Isaacson, president & CEO of The Aspen InstituteSecuring 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 GersteinDecision 2012 and National Security at 12:45 PM
- Jane Holl Lute, deputy Secretary of Homeland SecurityMichael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland SecurityJim Loy, former acting and deputy Director of Homeland SecurityIn conversation with TIME magazine's Editor-at-Large Bart GellmanThe Department of Homeland Security: Past, Present, and Future at 4:15 PM
- Admiral Robert S. Harward, deputy commander, US Central CommandIn 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 www.aspeninstitute.org/live and posted after on http://aspensecurityforum.org/video-library. Updates will be featured on Twitter at twitter.com/aspeninstitute and #ASF2012, as well as on Facebook at facebook.com/aspeninstitute.
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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 www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/homeland-security.
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 www.aspeninstitute.org.
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