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October 30, 2019

Top intelligence officials, legal experts gather for ABA national security conference

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2019 — National security legal experts and current and former officials from the FBI, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Justice, Department of State and Department of Homeland Security will explore critical national security issues at the 29th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference, Nov. 7-8 in Washington, D.C.

Keynote speakers include Dana Boente, FBI general counsel; Joel Brenner, former NSA inspector general and former National Counterintelligence Executive; John Demers, assistant attorney general for National Security at DOJ; Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center and Craig Silliman, chief legal officer at Verizon.

29th Annual Review of the Field of
National Security Law Conference

Sponsored by the ABA Standing
Committee on Law and National Security

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 7-8

The Capital Hilton
1001 16th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Additional speakers and panelists include:

  • Rear Admiral Steven Anderson, JAG, U.S. Coast Guard
  • James E. Baker, director of Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
  • Stevan Bunnell, former general counsel at U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Alan Cohn, former assistant secretary at DHS
  • Col. Gary Corn (retired), staff judge advocate at U.S. Cyber Command
  • Col. Gail Curley, office of Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army
  • Patrick Day, counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Robert Eatinger Jr., former acting general counsel at CIA
  • Major Gen. Charles Dunlap Jr. (retired), former deputy JAG, U.S. Air Force
  • William Renn Gade, general counsel, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Emily Goldman, member of policy planning staff at Department of State
  • Jamil Jaffer, founder and executive director, National Security Institute
  • Vice Admiral John Hannink, JAG, U.S. Navy
  • Robert Litt, former general counsel for the Director of National Intelligence
  • Lt. Gen. Charles Pede, JAG, U.S. Army
  • David Mussington, former staff member of White House National Security Council and senior advisor for cyber policy at U.S. Department of Defense
  • Harvey Rishikof, senior counselor, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
  • Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Rockwell, JAG U.S. Air Force
  • John Roth, former inspector general at DHS
  • Saleela Salahuddin, cybersecurity policy lead at Facebook
  • George Selim, former director of Office of Community Partnerships at DHS
  • Suzanne Spaulding, senior advisor at Center for Strategic and International Studies and former undersecretary at DHS

Program topics include:

  • National security and legal implications of blockchain technology
  • Legal lessons learned in recent armed conflicts
  • Weaponization of social media
  • Emergency powers and militarization of the border
  • National security lawyers and the AI revolution
  • 5G and national security
  • Proposals to create a federal crime of domestic terrorism
  •  The role of courts in national security
  • New cyber command policy for defense

A full agenda, including a complete speaker list, can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or [email protected]

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