The Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program, an organization that works to heighten public awareness of U.S. vulnerabilities and the requirements of security, has recently announced their third annual forum on homeland security and counterterrorism, the 2012 Aspen Security Council, according to MarketWatch.
More than 80 top-level current and former government officials, industry leaders, noted print and broadcast journalists and leading thinkers will discuss and debate the key issues in homeland security and counterterrorism at the Institute's signature Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, Colorado from July 25-28, the report says.
Key speakers who have confirmed their attendance include Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Admiral James Stavridis; Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Admiral William McRaven and his predecessor, Admiral Eric T. Olson; National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen; Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute; Ambassadors of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq to the U.S.; Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) John Pistole; and Deputy FBI Director Sean Joyce, among many others.
"The question that will loom large at this year's forum — with bin Laden dead, Al Qaeda on the ropes, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan either ended or ending and the prospect of a new war with Iran, and policymakers' attention increasingly shifting to Asia — is what does all of this mean for 'homeland security,'" said Clark Ervin, director of the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Program in the article.
Forum moderators include CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Jill Dougherty, and noted journalists from AP, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The Washington Post, Newsweek, CBS, ABC News, The New York Times, NPR and NBC.
The Golden Globe-award-winning Showtime series "Homeland" will also be screened, accompanied by a panel with "Homeland" executive producer Alex Cary, former CIA Director Jim Woolsey, and Director of Intelligence Analysis at the New York Police Department Mitch Silber, who will discuss terrorism and national security challenges and how they are portrayed in Hollywood, the article says.
Space is limited, so to register or view the full list of speakers, please go to the Aspen Security Forum website.