2021 Intelligence and National Security Summit Recap

2021 Intelligence and National Security Summit Recap

Overview

On September 13-14, over 1,700 IC professionals gathered at the Gaylord National Harbor for INSA and AFCEA's 2021 Intelligence & National Security Summit. Our two day program was jam-packed with informative plenaries, engaging breakout sessions and a busy exhibits hall filled with the latest technology and services innovations.

Selected Media Coverage

Plenary One: State of the Community

Description

DNI Avril Haines clarified the role of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence within the intelligence community and discussed how the intelligence community hopes to partner with industry; intelligence collection efforts in areas where the U.S. does not have a large military footprint; the intelligence communities shift from counterterrorism to strategic threats posed by China, Russia, and other global instability; and what she sees as the biggest challenges for the intelligence community.

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Participants
  • The Honorable Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • Ms. Letitia Long, Chairman of the Board, Intelligence and National Security Alliance

Breakout Session: Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Community Tradecraft

Description

The final report of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) began with two convictions: 1) that computers solving problems and performing tasks previously done by humans is world-altering, and 2) that AI is expanding the US window of security vulnerability. In this panel, current and former USG Intelligence Community leaders will discuss the ways in which the IC is postured to meet the complexities posed by AI.

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Participants
  • Dr. Rita Bush, Acting Chief, Laboratory for Advanced Cybersecurity Research, National Security Agency
  • Mr. Gilman Louie, Partner, Alsop Louie Partners
  • Dr. Dewey Murdick, Director, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University
  • Mr. Lewis Shepherd, Vice Chair, AFCEA Intelligence Committee and Senior Director, VMWare (moderator)

Breakout Session: Equity and Inclusion in the Intelligence Community

Description

Diversity and inclusion are necessary in the Intelligence Community to increase capabilities and attain mission objectives. Building organizations where differences are celebrated, and tough conversations can occur increases the retention of talented individuals and improves employee engagement. Diversity equals productivity, innovation, effectiveness, and mission achievement. Building a culture of inclusion through effective leadership and management within an agency makes a positive impact across the entire IC that spans decision making globally.

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Participants
  • Ms. Jacky Hardy, Global Equality Chair, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  • Ms. Rosanna Rodgers, Chair for the NRO Hispanic Advisory Network (NHAN), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  • Ms. Marlisa Smith, Chief of Staff, National Security Agency (NSA)
  • The Honorable Kari Bingen, Chief Strategy Officer, Hawkeye 360 (moderator)

Plenary Two: Military Services' Intelligence Priorities

Description

The Military Services' intelligence leaders discussed traditional, non-traditional, and emerging threats facing U.S. forces, the Intelligence Community, the nation, and the world at large: Is the intelligence enterprise postured for Great Power Competition?  Are we postured for information dominance? Are we postured to support space operations? Where are we on the build-out and resources for our cyber forces?  Where can industry best help the Military Services overcome gaps and barriers?  

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Participants
  • RADM Curt Copley, USN; Director, National Maritime Intelligence Integration; Office Commander, Office of Naval Intelligence
  • LtGen Matthew Glavy, USMC; Deputy Commandant, Information, S. Marine Corps
  • Mr. Alex Miller, Senior Advisor for S&T and Innovation, HQDA DCS G-2
  • Lt Gen Mary O’Brien, USAF; Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force/A2
  • Mr. Joseph Rouge, Deputy Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Space Force
  • RDML Andrew Sugimoto, USCG; Assistant Commandant for Intelligence, S. Coast Guard
  • LtGen Vincent Stewart, USMC (Ret.) Chief, Innovation and Business Intelligence, Ankura Consulting (moderator)

Plenary Three: Protecting DoD Supply Chains

Description

The defense supply chain, which lies at the intersection of national security and industry, is critical to protect. An interagency approach, as well as support from partners and allies, is critical to make supply chains more secure and resilient.

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Participants
  • Dr. Christine Michienzi, Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy
  • The Honorable Ellen Lord, Former Undersecretary of Defense, Acquisition and Sustainment, Department of Defense (moderator)

Plenary Four: Strategic Intelligence

Description

Strategic intelligence panelists shared insights into agency priorities, how the agencies are working to mitigate threats, accelerate change, advance talent and recruitment efforts, and how the U.S. is posturing itself in the strategic competition with China.

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Participants
  • Mr. Paul Abbate, Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • LTG Scott Berrier, USA, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  • MG Charles Cleveland, USA; Associate Director for Operations, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • The Honorable David Cohen, Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • GEN Paul Nakasone, USA, Commander, Director/Chief, United States Cyber Command, National Security Agency (NSA)/Central Security Service
  • The Honorable Dr. Chris Scolese, Director, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  • Ms. Olivia Gazis, Intelligence and National Security Reporter, CBS News (moderator)

Breakout Session: China's Place in U.S. National Security Strategy

Description

Senior officials from the executive branch and Congress discussed the Biden Administration’s approach to national security challenges posed by China. Panelists addressed efforts to engage regional and global allies, Defense Department strategies, intelligence priorities, and need for public-private partnerships to develop advanced technologies. Speakers also addressed Congress’s approach to addressing China through investments in military capabilities, economic capacity, supply chain resiliency, and advanced technologies.

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Participants
  • Dr. Michael Chase, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
  • Ms. Lara Crouch, Professional Staff Member, United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC)
  • Mr. Robert Daly, Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
  • Mr. Wayne Ullman, Defense Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  • Ms. Bay Fang, President, Radio Free Asia (moderator)

Breakout Session: Commercial Space and National Security

Description

America's domination in Space has allowed unimpeded overmatch in the areas of communications, position, navigation, and tracking, and ISR.  This domain superiority has been facilitated by public entities whose R&D, capability development, and innovation have served as catalysts for enhanced satisfaction of Space related missions.  Other nations, however, are challenging U.S. superiority and greater public-partner partnerships are needed to thwart threats.  The panel will look at how that partnership can be improved, what policy issues are emerging from the Executive Branch, where the government needs greater public sector assistance, and what are the pros and cons of greater private sector support. 

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Participants
  • Mr. Dave Gauthier, Director, Commercial and Business Operations, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Mr. Steve Kitay, Senior Director, Azure Space, Microsoft
  • Ms. Audrey Schaffer, Director for Space Policy, National Security Council, The White House
  • Col. Tim Trimailo, USAF, Materiel Leader, CASINO Program Office, Innovation and Prototyping Directorate, SMC Development Corps, Space and Missile Systems Center
  • Mr. Chuck Beames, Chairman, SmallSat Alliance (moderator)

Breakout Session: Development and Acquisition of Advanced Technologies

Description

The United States national security enterprise must increase the development and deployment speed of advanced technologies to keep pace with the threats of today and tomorrow. Requirements overspecification, risk aversion and a lack of appropriate expertise, system engineering rigor early testing and prototyping, and realism in estimating time and funding slow the development and acquisition process.

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Participants
  • Dr. Roger Mason, President, Space & Intelligence Sector, Peraton
  • Ms. Dawn Meyerriecks, Former Deputy Director of CIA for Science and Technology
  • Mr. Jason Potter, Professional Staff Member Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Dr. Lisa Porter, Co-President, LogiQ (moderator)

Breakout Session: Enhancing Software Supply Chain Security

Description

Through repeated exploitation of software vulnerabilities, hackers have disrupted government operations and essential services in multiple critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, finance, and agriculture. This panel examined threats that software vulnerabilities pose to government, critical infrastructure, and commercial industry operations; efforts to mitigate supply chain weaknesses and improve cybersecurity practices; information sharing between government and the private sector; and potential policy and technology solutions.

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Participants
  • Ms. Theresa Campobasso, Senior Account Manager for National Security and Intelligence, Exiger Federal Solutions
  • Mr. Monty McGee, Associate Director, Cyber Readiness Institute
  • Ms. Jeanette McMillian, Deputy Assistant Director for Supply Chain, National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC)
  • Mr. Dustin Volz, Cybersecurity and Intelligence Reporter, The Wall Street Journal (moderator)

Plenary Five: Cybersecurity Challenges Keynote

Description

The new Office of the National Cyber Director (NCD) was established to operationalize the recommendations of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report. The office aims to provide oversight of federal cybersecurity monies, build coherence into the U.S. government’s cybersecurity strategy, and establish stronger public-private partnerships in cybersecurity. The NCD is still in its nascent stages, but Mr. Inglis is hopeful that it can and will make an impact on the nation’s cybersecurity in the long run.  

Participants
  • The Honorable Chris Inglis, National Cyber Director, Executive Office of the President; Former Deputy Director, NSA; Former Commissioner, Cyberspace Solarium Commission
  • Ms. Suzanne Kelly, CEO and Publisher, The Cipher Brief (moderator)

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