Past Events

NSA Sr Leader Discusses FVEYs, Industry Partnerships

On Tuesday, January 13, INSA hosted Senior NSA leader Rob Joyce for Coffee & Conversation. Mr. Joyce, who serves as the Special Liaison Officer at the U.S. Embassy in London, sat down with INSA Executive Vice President John Doyon to discuss a wide range of issues from counterterrorism to great p ...

U.S. Space Force ISR Director Shares What's Ahead

On Wednesday January 6th, INSA’s Vice President for Policy, Larry Hanauer, sat down with Major General Leah Lauderback, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) for the U.S. Space Force to discuss the Force’s principal mission, top priorities, and biggest challenges ahead ...

NGA Is Taking a New Direction

INSA's December 15 Coffee & Conversation with Major General Charles Cleveland, Director of Operations at NGA, attracted over 500 attendees and returned a 100% satisfaction rating. Moderated by INSA's Executive Vice President, John Doyon, the conversation focused on the importance of integrating ...

An Outlook on the Future of the Cyber Workforce

Today, there are 3.5 million cyber jobs worldwide. Only two-thirds of jobs in the U.S. federal government with a cyber classification are currently filled. The December 1 "Future of the National Security Cyber Workforce" event brought together leaders in the cyber field from across government and in ...

New DDNI Discusses Top Mission Priorities

On Wednesday, November 18, Dustin Gard-Weiss, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Policy and Capabilities, ODNI, joined INSA President Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg for a discussion about ODNI's recent reorganization, as well as top priorities for FY 2021. As Policy and Capabilities is still ...

INSA's Speed Mentoring a Virtual Success

Due to the pandemic, this year's Speed Mentoring event was held virtually, but our 150+ mentors and mentees did not let that stop them from building relationships with IC professionals from government, industry, and academia. The evening kicked off with keynote remarks from Colonel Candice Frost, ...

Katie Arrington, DoD, Discusses CMMC Rollout

On Thursday, November 12, INSA's Executive Vice President, John Doyon, sat down with Katie Arrington, the Chief Information Security Officer to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, to discuss the rollout of OUSD's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Ms. Arrington dis ...

A Call to Spy: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Courage

INSA took on Hollywood on September 18 with a special edition Wednesday Wisdom event featuring Sarah Megan Thomas, the writer, producer, and lead actress of the newly released film, A Call to Spy. The film highlights the stories of three exceptional female spies who united in Winston Churchill’s " ...

Cyber Strategies and Collaboration at FBI

On October 7, Matt Gorham, the Assistant Director of FBI’s Cyber Division sat down with INSA’s Vice President for Policy, Larry Hanauer, for a discussion on the FBI’s new strategy for countering cyber threats, the role of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), and the val ...

Collaboration in Colorado-Based IC & Beyond

On September 29, INSA took this year's Common Threads: Colorado's Intelligence Community program virtual, making the region-focused discussion available to members of the IC all across the country and drawing in nearly 500 registered attendees! To start off the program, Dave Gauthier, Director of ...

Event Recap: #IntelSummit20 Was One for the Books!

Held virtually from September 16-18, the 2020 Intelligence and National Security Summit, powered by AFCEA International and INSA, attracted over 2,800 registered attendees—smashing all registration records from past years! With so much going on in the world, it's no surprise that the five plenary ...

Supply Chain Security Is a Team Sport

In her opening keynote at INSA's August 19 Supply Chain Integrity program, NCSC Deputy Director Connie Taube acknowledged that developing and maintaining a clear understanding of any organization's supply chain in the modern world is a heavy lift, especially in the current global climate. That said, ...

The U.S. National Security OS Needs a Software Update

A strategic futurist, Zachery Tyson Brown (Founder, Consilient Solutions) sees the problems that currently exist in the U.S. national security structure and recognizes the need for change. The intelligence and national security systems that are operating now originated in the Cold War Era and are to ...

Inclusive Diversity Must Become the Default

"How could a diverse workforce not further DIA's mission?" Janice Glover-Jones rhetorically asked during the August 11 Coffee & Conversation morning program. The Chief Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Ms. Glover-Jones spoke to the importance of ...

Implementing Long-Lasting Changes for the Future

On August 5th, INSA’s Vice President, John Doyon, sat down with Greg Smithberger, Director of the Capabilities Directorate and Chief Information Officer at NSA, for a discussion on his Directorate's top priorities, ongoing innovations in cloud computing, and NSA’s strategies for integrating adva ...

Staying Committed to the DIA's People and Its Mission

On June 24, INSA's President, Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg, sat down with the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Deputy Director, Suzanne White, for a discussion on the future of telework, DIA’s priorities, and leadership lessons. Ms. White echoes others in observing the pandemic will change th ...

A Talk with the Treasury's Top Intel Leader

On July 1, INSA's Vice President for Policy, Larry Hanauer, moderated a discussion with The Hon. Isabel (Izzy) Patelunas, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of the Treasury. Patelunas shared that her small-yet-mighty office is the only finance ministry i ...

Building a Better IC Together

INSA's reimagined 'The New IC: Empowering Women and Engaging Men' program focused on fostering much needed conversation and providing actionable insights for attendees to take back and apply within their own organizations. Below are some key highlights from the week! Session recordings are bro ...

Innovation is about the People

INSA's Coffee & Conversation virtual speaker series continued last week when INSA President Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg spoke with Juliane Gallina, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the CIA, about her views on innovation, private-public partnerships in the IC, and changes that have been made with ...

Overcoming the Challenges of a Post-COVID Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant workplace disruptions across the IC. It was no surprise, then, that attendees from government organizations (including the CDC, FBI, DHS, and NGA) to major private sector companies to smaller industry members tuned in to INSA’s June 16 "Workplace Safety ...

Leadership Lessons from an IC Careerist

In the June 2 installment of INSA’s Coffee & Conversation Webinar series, INSA Executive Vice President John Doyan virtually sat down with John Sherman, then Chief Information Officer (CIO) of ODNI and now Deputy CIO of the Department of Defense. The 45-minute conversation centered around Mr. ...

A Look at the IC: Past and Present

During the June 9 installation of INSA’s Tuesday morning Coffee & Conversation virtual speaker series, IC trailblazer, The Honorable Joan Dempsey, sat down with The Honorable Charlie Allen. A community icon, Mr. Allen has served as a voice of reason, warning, and wisdom throughout all of his v ...

Fast Paced Q&A Touches on Key IC Issues

The Honorable Bill Evanina, who the Senate recently confirmed as Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), joined INSA President Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg for Wednesday Wisdom on May 13. With more than 700 registered attendees, Dir. Evanina fielded questions coverin ...

Now Is the Time to Build to the Future

On Wednesday, May 6th, The Honorable Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, joined INSA Chairman Tish Long for a Wednesday Wisdom conversation about how COVID-19 has provided the Intelligence Community with the opportunity to become new. Gordon noted that we are li ...

Lessons in Leadership

On Tuesday, May 5, ODNI Deputy Director Kevin Meiners joined INSA Chairman Tish Long for a virtual Coffee & Conversation discussion about leading in the intelligence community, specifically what makes it special, who does it well, and how can others emulate their examples. Among the lessons dis ...

Program Recap: Wednesday Wisdom w/ Sue Kalweit

On Wednesday, April 29th, Sue Kalweit, the Director of the Analysis Directorate at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), joined INSA's second Wednesday Wisdom webinar where she discussed the power of humility when leading in times of crisis. Kalweit considers humility to be “the inten ...

Program Recap: Wednesday Wisdom Series Debut!

On the afternoon of April 22, the Hon. Ellen McCarthy, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), and Benjamin Brake, Director of the Office of Cyber Affairs, INR, Department of State, joined INSA to kick off the weekly Wednesday Wisdom virtual event series. Held ...

Investing in National Security Innovation Event Recap

The Jan. 30, Investing in National Security Innovation breakfast attracted more than 150 government S&T leaders, venture capitalists, media, and industry professionals. In-Q-Tel President and CEO, Chris Darby, kicked off the event with a keynote focused on the opportunities and challenges with b ...

Event Recap: 2020 National Security Legal Outlook

On Thursday, January 16, INSA, with the support of the Legal Affairs Roundtable, hosted a half-day panel event that focused on two pressing national security law issues: (1) improving personnel security information-sharing between government and industry, and (2) the impact of forthcoming implementa ...

December 3 Leadership Dinner Recap

NRO Director Christopher Scolese Outlines Top Mission Priorities It was a packed room for the December 3 Leadership Dinner with the Hon. Christopher Scolese, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). In his prepared remarks, Dr. Scolese described his overarching priorities for the organ ...

INSA Speed Mentoring Recap

A record number of attendees participated in INSA's 7th Annual Speed Mentoring on Nov 12 at the Westin Arlington Gateway. Supported by the Intelligence Champions Council, the fast-paced event provided early to mid-career professionals the opportunity to build relationships and gain valuable insights ...

2019 INSA Achievement Awards Recap

This festive evening brought the intelligence and national security communities together to celebrate outstanding early and mid-career professionals from government, military, academia, homeland security, and industry, as well as the senior leaders who inspired their success.

INSA Commemorates Supply Chain Integrity Month

On Monday, April 30, 2018, National Counterintelligence and Security Director Bill Evanina and a panel of experts from AECOM, Microsoft, DHS, and NIST stressed the importance of public-private cooperation to ensure U.S. supply chain vulnerabilities are not exploited by foreign adversaries.

Unprecedented Counterintelligence Threats

On April 10, 2017, INSA hosted "Unprecedented Counterintelligence Threats: Protecting People, Information, and Assets," a symposium for industry and government to discuss best practices for insider threat programs, supply chain security, the OPM breach, and more. National Counterintelligence Executi ...

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