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Welcome to the inaugural Intelligence and National Security Summit (Summit), taking place September 18-19, 2014 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC; co-sponsored by AFCEA International (AFCEA) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).

 

Intelligence has existed as an activity of the U.S. government since the founding of the Republic. While its structure has evolved, its core mission has endured unchanged: to protect the nation with the information it provides; to produce that information in a way that protects the privacy and liberty of all citizens; and to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars invested in intelligence capabilities. History has shown that even through periods of profound societal and technological change it is possible both to have effective intelligence and to protect individual freedoms, as long as public trust in both can depend on appropriate accountability and transparency.

 

For this year’s Summit, a planning committee consisting of over 35 intelligence and national security experts developed an agenda that will bring together over 70 national thought leaders from the public, private and academic sectors to encourage a strategic dialogue about the issues of intelligence effectiveness, transparency and accountability.  Over the course of two days, Summit participants will explore imperatives in current and future intelligence missions, investment and policy in five plenary sessions and four tracks offering a total of 16 breakout sessions.  The four tracks will focus on cyber, strategic assessment, technology, and Intelligence Community imperatives. Each will examine specific capability and investment priorities in domains that are essential to effective, transparent and accountable intelligence operations today and in the future.

 

As non-profit, non-partisan, public-private organizations, AFCEA’s and INSA’s ultimate goal is to promote and facilitate the best, most substantive opportunities for dialogue within the national security and intelligence communities.  Please take a look at our agenda and see if you do not agree that the Intelligence and National Security Summit will be the preeminent intelligence event in 2014.  We encourage you to be a part of this important dialogue!

 

Sincerely,

 

     Ms. Maureen Baginski

  Ambassador Joe DeTrani 
     Chair       President
     AFCEA Intelligence Committee   Intelligence and National Security Alliance
     Conference Co-Chair     Conference Co-Chair