Ethos and Profession of Intelligence

The George Washington University and the Central Intelligence Agency will co-host the second annual public conference on national security, "The Ethos and the Profession of Intelligence," on the GW campus on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The full-day conference will feature remarks by CIA Director John Brennan and a set of panel discussions that will bring together intelligence community leaders, national security experts, private sector leaders and members of the media.

The panels at the conference will examine the ways in which technologies and social changes are altering the role of intelligence agencies in the 21st century and how those changes affect how agencies interact with policymakers, recruit and develop staff, protect civil liberties and build international partnerships.


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Conference Agenda

Opening Remarks [9:00am - 9:20am]
John Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency
21st Century Challenges: Denied Areas, Digital Domains, and Determined Adversaries
  • Gwen Ifill (moderator) - Moderator and Managing editor of Washington Week; Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour
  • John Brennan - Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Adm. Mike Rogers - Commander, US Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency (NSA), Chief, Central Security Service 
  • Robert Cardillo - Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • Doug Wise - Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) 
21st Century Warning: What Should Policymakers Reasonably Expect? [10:20am-11:20am]
  • David Cohen (Moderator) - Deputy Director, CIA
  • Michèle Flournoy - Co-Founder and CEO, Center for a New American Security; Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (former)
  • Chris Kojm - Visiting Professor, Practice of International Affairs, The George Washington University
  • Gregory Treverton - Chairman, National Intelligence Council (NIC)
Remarks [1:00pm - 1:05pm] 
Dr. Steven Knapp - President, The George Washington University
Keynote Address [1:05pm - 1:30pm]
James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

Bridging 20th Century Law and 21st Century Intelligence [1:30pm - 2:30pm]
  • Ken Wainstein (Moderator) - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Homeland Security Advisor, White House (former)
  • Orin Kerr - Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University
  • Caroline Krass - General Counsel, CIA
  • David Kris - General Counsel, Intellectual Ventures; Assistant Attorney General for National Security (former)
  • Benjamin Wittes - Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
21st Century Intelligence Officers: What Capabilities Do They Need to Fulfill the Mission? [2:30pm - 3:30pm]
  • Dr. Mike Vickers (Moderator) - Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (former)
  • Glenn Gaffney - Associate Director for Talent, CIA 
  • Evan Burfield - Co-Founder and Co-CEO, 1776
  • Diana Burley -
    Executive Director and Chair, Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P); Professor, Human and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
  • Andrew Hallman - Deputy Director, Digital Innovation, CIA
The Shared 21st Century International Mission - Partners in Security [4:00pm - 5:00pm]
  • David Ignatius (Moderator) -
    Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post
  • Yaakov Amirdror - Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies; Distinguished Fellow, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Israeli National Security Advisor (former)
  • Bernard Bajolet - Director, French Directorate General for External Security (DGSE)
  • John Brennan - Director, CIA
  • John Sawers - Partner and Chairman, Macro Advisory Partners; Chief, Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) (former)
Closing Remarks [5:00pm - 5:20pm]
Judge William Webster, Director CIA (former), Director Federal Bureau of Investigation (former) 

Emcee - Frank Cilluffo - Associate Vice President, and Director Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, The George Washington University