Ethos and Profession of Intelligence 2017

“This leads me back to the title of this speech. There is an old saying from the debate over the drawbacks of a closed intelligence culture in the 1960s and 1970s: “When everything is secret – nothing is secret.” The meaning of every concept is in the limitation. A word for everything is a word for nothing specific. Intelligence analysis runs the risk of ending up here. When everything is intelligence – nothing is intelligence.”

Wilhelm Agrell — University of Lund, Sweden

Mike Pompeo, the current Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will open the 2017 conference.

The Central Intelligence Agency and the George Washington University will co-host CIA’s fourth public conference on national security, “The Ethos and the Profession of Intelligence,” on the GW campus on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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The full-day conference, themed “Achieving Strategic Advantage,” will feature a panel of former CIA Directors and other panels that bring together a diverse array of leaders from the Intelligence Community, other government agencies, private industry, non-governmental organizations, and the media to give each participant – on stage or in the audience – new perspectives on global security and how the U.S. Intelligence Community can best serve the open society it defends.


8:00-9:00am: Registration

9:00am-12:30pm: Morning Session

Opening Keynote: The Honorable Mike Pompeo, Director, Central Intelligence Agency


Panel #1: Countdown to Crisis: Asia Pacific Insecurity and America

Moderator: Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN

Michael Collins, Deputy Assistant Director of CIA for East Asia Mission Center

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, Board of Managers at Sandia National Laboratories

Yong Suk Lee, Deputy Assistant Director of CIA for Korea Mission Center


Panel #2: The Looming Bio Threat: Perils and Promise of Biotech Innovation

Moderator: Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), The George Washington University

Dr. Charles L, Bio-scientist, CIA

Dr. William Roper, founding Director of the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), U.S. Department of Defense

The Honorable Joseph Lieberman, Former US Senator


Panel #3: Tectonic Shifts: Forecasting Conflict and Political Instability

Moderator: Frank Cilluffo, Associate Vice President & Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, The George Washington University

Andrew Hallman, Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation

Dr. Stacey Dixon, Deputy Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency

Fran Moore, former Director of Analysis at CIA; and President, FPM Consulting, LLC

Rob High, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Watson


12:30-1:45pm: Break for Lunch

1:45-3:45pm: Afternoon Session


Panel #4: Leading CIA: A Conversation Among Former CIA Directors

Moderator: The Honorable Susan Gordon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

The Honorable John Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency, 2013-2017

The Honorable Leon Panetta, Director, Central Intelligence Agency, 2009-2011

The Honorable Michael Hayden, Director, Central Intelligence Agency, 2006-2009

The Honorable Porter Goss, Director of Central Intelligence, 2004-2005; and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 2005-2006

The Honorable William Webster, Director of Central Intelligence, 1987-1991


Panel #5: Masking Unmasked: Conducting Espionage in a Transparent, Connected World

Moderator: Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University

Benjamin Huebner, Head of Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, CIA

Alex Joel, Chief Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein, Co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program

Closing Remarks: Dr. Thomas J. LeBlanc, President, The George Washington University


Ethos and Profession of Intelligence 2017 — GWU

When everything is intelligence – nothing is intelligence — CIA Website


Ethos and Profession of Intelligence 2017

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