Annual Strategic Conference

The GW Center for Cyber & Homeland Security is hosting a full-day strategic conference on May 3, 2016 on the GW campus.

The program will feature keynote remarks by Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Adm. Dennis Blair (USN, Ret.), former Director of National Intelligence.  It will also feature a keynote conversation on terrorism threats with Cofer Black, former Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, Department of State, and former Director, CIA Counterterrorist Center; Matthew Olsen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, and Juan Zarate, Chairman, Financial Integrity Network.

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Program Agenda

8:00-9:00am  Registration (Light Breakfast Available)

9:00-9:10am  Welcoming Remarks

9:10-9:50am  Morning Keynote

  • Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Michael Balboni, RedLand Strategies (Moderator)

9:50-10:40am Panel #1: Public-Private Sector Coordination on Cybersecurity

  • Eric Goldstein, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security
  • Maj. Gen. Reynold Hoover, National Guard Bureau
  • Kiersten Todt, Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity
  • Scott Aaronson, Edison Electric Institute 
  • Scott Kaine, Delta Risk LLC
  • Frank Cilluffo, CCHS (Moderator)

10:40-10:50am Break

10:50-11:40am Panel #2: Countering Terrorist Travel

  • Seth Stodder, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security
  • Thomas Bush, Office of Intelligence, Transportation Security Administration
  • Pierre-Edouard Colliex, Embassy of the Republic of France
  • Scott Boylan, MorphoTrust USA
  • Christian Beckner, CCHS (Moderator)         

11:40-12:30pm Keynote Conversation

  • Cofer Black, Former Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, Department of State and Director, CIA Counterterrorism Center
  • Matthew Olsen, Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center
  • Juan Zarate, Chairman, Financial Integrity Network
  • Frank Cilluffo, CCHS (Moderator)

12:30-1:15pm Lunch Break (On your own - many lunch options are available in the adjacent Shops at Penn building or in the GW Marvin Center across the street)

1:15-1:25pm Afternoon Welcome

1:25-2:15pm Panel #3 Organizing DHS, Strengthening Unity of Effort, and Preparing for Transition

  • Russell Deyo, Under Secretary for Management, Department of Homeland Security
  • Rear. Adm. Fred Rosa (USCG, Ret.), The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Jordin Cohen, Noblis
  • Christian Beckner, CCHS (Moderator)

2:15-2:25pm Break

2:25-3:15pm Panel #4: Counterintelligence, Cybersecurity, and Insider Threats

  • Michelle van Cleave, Former National Counterintelligence Executive
  • Geoff Hancock, Advanced Cybersecurity Group
  • Brian Contos, Securonix
  • Frank Cilluffo, CCHS (Moderator)

3:15-3:55pm Afternoon Keynote

  • Admiral Dennis Blair (USN, Ret.), Former Director of National Intelligence

3:55-4:00pm Closing Remarks

 For more information on the conference, please contact the Center at cchs@gwu.edu.