NSI is excited to host an event to foster discussion around policy positions and recommendations found in its latest publication, Addressing the National Security Threat of Chinese Technology Innovation. This panel of experts will expand upon the policy solutions found in NSI’s latest paper and explain how the U.S. and our allies can lead in free-market innovation and what Congress can do to support and promote U.S. technological leadership. The panel discussion will feature national security policy and industry experts and will take place in-person on Capitol Hill on November 2nd, 2023.
- Carl Holshouser, Senior Vice President & Corporate Secretary, TechNet
- Robert Strayer, Executive Vice President of Policy Information Technology Industry Council
- Liza Tobin, Senior Director for Economy Special Competitive Studies Project
- Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder & Executive Director, National Security Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
About Our Speakers:
Carl Holshouser serves as TechNet’s Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary. With nearly two decades of organizational leadership, government relations, and advisory experience, Carl is a seasoned corporate strategist who is best known for building and leading teams, driving revenue growth, and mobilizing campaigns and coalitions to deliver significant legislative results and favorable regulatory outcomes against the most challenging political environments. Carl is a leading voice for the technology industry and is frequently quoted in publications such as Politico, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Axios, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Punchbowl, and Bloomberg. In 2022, Carl was recognized as a top lobbyist by both The Hill and the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics. Carl joined TechNet from PwC, where he served as a strategic policy adviser to Fortune 500 companies and was co-leader of the firm’s Trade Policy Platform. Prior to PwC, Carl served as Senior Director of Government Relations for Visa from 2013-2019, where he led technology policy issues for the global payments company. Carl had previous lobbying roles with Textron Systems, Capitol Partners Inc., and started his career in the office of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Carl is a past Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Cyber Security Alliance (2017-2019), where he also served as Treasurer. Carl is a past Chairman of TechNet’s Federal Public Policy Committee (2017-2019) and past Chairman of the Government Relations Committee at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) (2018-2020). Carl is an active investor in tech startups, serves on the board of the Louise Batz Patient Safety Foundation, and is a high-honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he was an Archer Fellow.
Jamil N. Jaffer (moderator) is the founder and executive director of the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He previously served as chief counsel and senior adviser to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and, among other roles, as an associate counsel to President George W. Bush in the White House.