Thank you to our strategic partners, IISS, Divergent Options, Georgetown’s Security Studies Program, Deloitte, CNAS Women in Security Program, GirlSecurity, and ICTYN. Thank you also to Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs.

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0830 Check-In/Coffee

0900 Opening Remarks
Phil Walter, Divergent Options – Publishing Partner of #NatSecGirlSquad
Maggie Feldman-Piltch, Founder of #NatSecGirlSquad

0920-1030 Panel One
Communicating National Security Issues to Non-Experts
How can national security and defense experts communicate most effectively with policymakers and stakeholders? What are the benefits and challenges of an engaged and informed public, and is one possible?
Panelists Include: Beverly Kirk, Director of Outreach – International Security Program, CSIS; Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter – Defense News; Phil Walter, Founder – Divergent Options
Moderator: Quinta Jurecic, Managing Editor – Lawfare

1035-1145 Panel Two
The Future of US Relations and Security in the Western Hemisphere
What is the cost to the United States for not only disengaging but antagonizing its friends, partners, and neighbors in the Western Hemisphere? What would more effective and realistic US policy look like?
Panelists Include: Christine Balling – Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies, American Foreign Policy Council; Dr. Vanessa Neumann, President – Asymmetrica; Ana Quintana, Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America and Western Hemisphere – Heritage Foundation
Moderator: Dante Disparte, Founder and CEO – Risk Cooperative

1145-1230 “Intentional Networking” Lunch Courtesy of Yale Jackson Global Affairs Institute

1230-1325 Interagency Fireside Chat
What does a “whole of government approach” actually mean? How can we build on existing successes to institutionalize interagency cooperation – particularly between the DoD and non-DoD partners.
Featuring: Sasha O’Connell, GuideHouse; Special Agent Rob Saale, Director of Hostage Fusion Cell – FBI
Moderator: Col. Peter Doty, Deputy Director of Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell – FBI

1330-1440 Panel Three
Beyond Countering: US National Security Strategy
What would “proactive” national security and defense strategies look like? What priorities and values can be furthered with these tools, or are the NSS/NDS intentionally reactive to emerging, existing, and historic threats?
Panelists: Kelly Magsamen, Vice President for National Security and International Policy, CAP; Loren DeJonge Schulman, Deputy Director of Studies – CNAS; Giselle Donnelly, Resident Fellow for Defense and National Security – AEI Moderator: Maggie Feldman-Piltch

1440-1510 Networking Break
Additional Coffee and Refreshments Available in the Deloitte Break Room

1510-1620 Panel Four
Creative Problem Solving: The Role of the IC and Diplomacy in National Security and Defense
How should the Intelligence Community use new technology and traditional tradecraft for creative problem solving in the modern world?
Panelists Include: Paula Doyle, Professor at Georgetown Security Studies, former Associate Deputy Director of Operations – Central Intelligence Agency; Cortney Weinbaum, Management Scientist – RAND Corporation; Kirsten Gnipp, Chief, Homeland and Prevention Planning Group – Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, NCTC
Moderator: Erin Simpson, Director of Strategic Analysis – Northrop Grumman

1620-1640 Perspective
Jessica Gershuny, Director of Admissions Security Studies Program and Recruitment Coordinator for Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service

1645-1715 Keynote
Special Agent Amy Hess, Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch – FBI
Moderator: Sasha O’Connell, GuideHouse, formerly FBI

1730 ‘Lawfare‘ Podcast Live Recording / Happy Hour and Recruiter Meet and Greet
Benjamin Wittes, Editor-in-Chief – Lawfare; Dr. Jung H. Pak, Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy – Brookings Institution; Maggie Feldman-Piltch, #NatSecGirlSquad
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