Heritage Foundation Conference on "The Role of Intelligence" Video

By Benjamin Wittes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:11 PM

On March 30, the Heritage Foundation held a day-long event entitled "The Role of Intelligence." Here's the agenda, along with the video of each session:

The United States must have robust intelligence capabilities. They are vital to America’s national security and that of our friends and allies. Join us for an in-depth series of conversations with intelligence experts on the role of intelligence, how it is used to protect the United States, and how we ensure that conduct of intelligence activities are conducted in a lawful manner. Our speakers will focus on the lawful collection of foreign intelligence, as well as the impact of intelligence in the hands of the customers in order to make better informed decisions affecting our national security. Panelists will discuss collection authorities, privacy, and the rule of law, and how those strengthen our ability to protect and defend against 21st Century threats. Against this background, the demand from intelligence customers in the 21st Century for timely, accurate and lawfully collected intelligence will only continue to increase.

9:00 a.m. Why Do We Collect Intelligence?

General Michael Hayden, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2006-2009)

and former Director of the National Security Agency (1999-2005)

Benjamin J. Powell, Former General Counsel to the Director of National Intelligence

and Co-Chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Practice, WilmerHale

David Shedd, Former Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency – Moderator

10:35 a.m. Counterterrorism, Collection Authorities and the Rule of Law
The Honorable Michael Mukasey, 81st Attorney General of the United States
Matthew G. Olsen, Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
Paul Rosenzweig, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security –Moderator

12:00 p.m. Keynote Address: “The Strategic Value of Intelligence to Confront 21st Century Threats”
The Honorable Mike Rogers, Former Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Introduction by Michael Allen, Former Majority Staff Director, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
2:00 p.m. How Intelligence Is Used by the President
A Conversation with The Honorable Stephen J. Hadley, Former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (2005-2009)
Hosted by Cully Stimson, Senior Legal Fellow and Manager, National Security Law Program, The Heritage Foundation