Intelligence Community Convenes for Security Forum

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden

With the elimination of Osama bin Laden, concerns of retaliatory strikes are growing. Add to that the anniversary of Sept. 11 quickly approaching and the United State’s military involvement in the Middle East continuing to anger America’s enemies, it’s no wonder the Intelligence Community is bracing for some type of attack.

While the Department of Homeland Security has so far declined to raise the national threat level, industry insiders are gathering to discuss the nation’s security. In spite of the death of bin Laden, al-Qaida remains active, and the specter of homegrown terrorism has risen to the top of the threat board.

Is the government doing it all it can to stave off another attack? What can be done to minimize the impact of an attack? Security at the expense of privacy? Why is homegrown terrorism on the rise?

The Aspen Security Forum hopes to answer some of these questions. Industry leaders and government officials will come together July 27 for a three-day symposium that will address issues relating to aviation, border and mass transit security, intelligence, infrastructure security, cybersecurity and counterterrorism strategies.

Sponsored in part by IBM and Mission Essential Personnel, the Aspen Security Forum will play host to a plethora of national-security experts. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to speak along with John Pistole, assistant secretary of TSA, Michael Chertoff, former secretary of homeland security, Fran Townsend, former assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism and retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency.

“Despite the great recent success by the military and intelligence communities, threats to the U.S. and its interests abroad remain,” said MEP CEO Chris Taylor. “The Aspen Security Forum brings together in an intimate setting leaders in policymaking, academia, and industry to address the tough questions about American security. MEP considers it an obligation to contribute to an intelligent discourse on national and homeland security.”


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