EVENT: “Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?” featuring addresses by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former commander of the United States Special Operations Command Adm. William McRaven. Adm. McRaven will open the conference on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. at the Blanton Museum of Art Auditorium, followed by remarks by Director Clapper at 5 p.m. The conference is hosted by the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin.
WHEN: Oct. 16-18 (Thursday-Saturday)
WHO MAY ATTEND: The conference is open to the public, but seating is limited. The full list of conference participants, schedule and registration information can be found here.
MEDIA: The conference is open to the media. Media check-in and set-up will begin on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Blanton Museum of Art Auditorium. Please register for media credentials here.
A livestream of the conference can be viewed at
BACKGROUND: It has been a decade since the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 ushered in a sweeping reorganization of the U.S. intelligence community, creating the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center. In partnership with the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the Clements Center and Strauss Center will host the multiday conference to examine lessons that have been learned and the challenges that lie ahead.
Other participants include prominent practitioners, policymakers and scholars, including
- U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security
- U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Amarillo), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
- John McLaughlin, former acting director of Central Intelligence
- John Negroponte and Michael McConnell, former directors of National Intelligence
- Matt Olsen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center
- Adm. Bob Inman, former director of the National Security Agency
- David Shedd, acting director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
This conference is an initiative of the Intelligence Studies Project, a collaboration of the Clements Center and Strauss Center to bring together scholars, policymakers and intelligence officials to explore the past, present and future of intelligence work. This includes workshops conducted with the National Security Agency, the National Intelligence Council and senior intelligence and counterterrorism officials.