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CIA and George Washington University to Co-Host Major Public Conference on National Security Issues

Second annual conference to be held Oct. 27

October 20, 2015


The George Washington University and the Central Intelligence Agency will co-host the second annual “The Ethos and Profession of Intelligence” public conference on national security at GW’s Foggy Bottom campus Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. This year’s conference, titled “The 21st Century Intelligence Mission” follows the inaugural conference, which was held in June 2014 at Georgetown University.

The full-day conference will feature remarks by CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, as well as panel discussions that include top Intelligence Community leaders, national security experts, private sector leaders and members of the media.  Intelligence Community panelists and moderators include Adm. Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency; Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, David Cohen, Deputy Director of the CIA, and Douglas Wise, Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The conference also offers a rare opportunity to hear from current and former leaders of foreign intelligence and security services, including Bernard Bajolet, Director of France’s Directorate-General for External Security; John Sawers, the former head of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service; and Yaakov Amidror, former National Security Advisor of Israel.

“CIA looks forward to holding this conference in partnership with the George Washington University and its Center for Cyber and Homeland Security,” said CIA Director John Brennan.  “We believe the exchange of ideas at this conference will provide the public with greater insight into the challenges facing CIA and other intelligence agencies in today’s world, while also providing critical input to the Intelligence Community on how to best meet these challenges.”

The theme for this year’s conference will be “The 21st Century Intelligence Mission.”  The conference panels will examine the ways in which technologies and social change are altering the role of intelligence agencies in the 21st century and how those changes are impacting the manner in which intelligence agencies interact with policy makers, recruit and develop staff, protect civil liberties and build international partnerships. 

Registration is required for attendance, and can be completed here.  For media, select the credentialed media option on the registration site. 

The George Washington University

In the heart of the nation’s capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.

Central Intelligence Agency.

CIA is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. CIA’s mission is to preempt threats and further US national security objectives by collecting intelligence that matters, producing objective all-source analysis, conducting effective covert action as directed by the President, and safeguarding the secrets that help keep our Nation safe.  The officers of the CIA are guided by a professional ethos that is the sum of our abiding principles, core values, and highest aspirations. This ethos holds us on course as we exercise the extraordinary influence and authorities with which we have been entrusted to protect the Nation and advance its interests.


Posted: Oct 20, 2015 10:16 AM
Last Updated: Oct 27, 2015 07:57 AM