On March 22, Alan D. Bersin—assistant secretary of International Affairs and chief diplomatic officer to the Department of Homeland Security—will give remarks, “How to Protect Our Borders – What to Expect in 2012 and Beyond,” from 9 – 9:40 a.m. Later, from 4:45 – 5:15 p.m., James J. Carafano, a foreign policy expert from the Heritage Foundation, will present the closing address of the day, “What’s Next in the War on Terror?”
On March 23, Michael B. Mukasey, former U.S. attorney general, will share his perspectives on how the U.S. is dealing with legal and policy issues surrounding the war against terrorism, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Former Governor Frank Keating (OK) will give closing remarks, “Protecting America’s Cities from a Terrorist Attack: Evaluating the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Threat,” from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
The following programs focus on the challenges facing the Department of Homeland Security and feature experts from DHS, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations, U.S. House of Representatives, the legal community and more.
“Executive Agency General Counsel Panel: A Look at Homeland Security Legal and Policy Issues”– This panel features Ivan K. Fong, general counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, leading the discussion with:
- John P. Carlin, principal deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
- Robert S. Litt, general counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence Agency
- Stephen W. Preston, general counsel, Office of the Director, CIA
- Cynthia Ryan, general counsel, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- Andrew Weissmann, general counsel and assistant director, FBI
March 22, 9:40 – 10:40 a.m., Presidential Room
“Homeland Security: Regulatory and Legislative Developments 2012” – Panelists will provide an overview of significant regulatory initiatives of DHS in 2012; as well as a summary of the first session of the 112th Congress and status of significant homeland security legislation, such as the DHS Authorization Act of 2011.
March 22, 10:55 a.m. – noon, Presidential Room
“Homegrown Threats and Radicalization” – Panelists will debate the issues and policy choices available to officials when dealing with the detection and deterrence of homegrown threats—an issue that requires unprecedented coordination among federal, state and local officials.
March 22, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Congressional Room
“Homeland Security and Information Sharing: Perspectives from Federal, State and Local Governments, and the Private Sector” – Panelists will share their perspectives on how information sharing has improved and continues to improve from the federal, state and local governments to the private sector, and how information sharing allows for a more timely response to potential threats and acts of terrorism across the globe.
March 22, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m., Statler AB
“National Preparedness: Have 10 Years and Billions of Dollars Made Our Communities Better Prepared?” – Since Sept. 11, the United States has developed numerous policies, doctrines and frameworks, and spent tens of billions of dollars to enhance the nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from threats and acts of terrorism. This panel of homeland security experts will address the question “Are we better prepared as a nation as the result of these changes and investments?”
March 23, 9:25 – 10:30 a.m., Statler AB
“Cybersecurity Developments in the Federal Government and Private Sector” – Panelists will focus on the scope and intensity of the cyber crime problem in the public and private sectors, touching on policy challenges to an effective government response to cyber threats, and the pending bills in the House and Senate.
March 23, 9:25 – 10:30 a.m., Federal A
The on-site guide and a link to the full agenda can be found here.
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