MEDIA ADVISORY: National Security Forum Brings CIA Director, Other Intelligence Experts to UT Austin Campus

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What: The Robert Strauss Center, the Clements Center for National Security and the Intelligence Studies Project at The University of Texas at Austin will host a forum to discuss key national security challenges that face our intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Topics of discussion will focus on defense, intelligence, diplomacy and international financial policy.

When: Thursday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center Ballroom, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd.

Who May Attend: The forum is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.

Media: Members of the media who RSVP are allowed to attend. Media members must RSVP individually, no exceptions. Please RSVP to Ashley Thibodeau with name of those attending and media outlet by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9.

On day of the event, attending media must arrive and check in at the dedicated press table. CIA Director Michael Pompeo will deliver his keynote remarks at 12:15 p.m.

The event will be livestreamed.

Note: Given time constraints, Pompeo will not be available for media interviews before or after his remarks.

Background: The theme of this year’s Texas National Security Forum is “Alliances and Partnerships in American National Security.” The discussions will be aimed at promoting the exchange of well-informed views on a number of issues and policies. The discussions and keynote address will include:

  • Michael Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, former United States Permanent Representative to NATO
  • Leslie Ireland, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis
  • Marcel Lettre, former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
  • John McLaughlin, former Acting Director of Central Intelligence

The full list of speakers and the agenda along with speaking times can be found here.

The event is co-sponsored by the Texas National Security Network, Stratfor and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

The Clements Center is a nonpartisan research and policy center that draws on the best insights of diplomatic and military history to train the next generation of national security leaders.

The Strauss Center integrates expertise from across the university, as well as from the private and public sectors, in pursuit of practical solutions to emerging international challenges.

For more information, contact: Ashley Thibodeau, Intelligence Studies Project, 512-232-6977.

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