Thanks for joining us for a conversation with Secretary Panetta, who shared insight from his storied career in national security and intelligence, and covered topics such as Great Power Competition and global flashpoints, threats and opportunities presented by cyber space, and the importance of public service.
- Secretary Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former Director of the CIA
- Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director, National Security Institute
Secretary Panetta was the 23rd Secretary of Defense, serving from July 2011 to February 2013. Prior to joining the DOD, he served as Director of the CIA from February 2009 to June 2011, where he managed human intelligence and open-source collection programs on behalf of the intelligence community. Panetta co-directed, with his wife, the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. The institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit that seeks to instill the virtues and values of public service in young people. In March 2006, Panetta was chosen as a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan committee created at the urging of Congress to conduct an independent evaluation of the war in Iraq. From July 1994 to January 1997, Panetta was President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff. Before serving as Chief of Staff, Panetta was the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Jamil N. Jaffer is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Jamil is also Senior Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology products startup founded by Gen (ret.) Keith B. Alexander, the former Director of the National Security Agency and Founding Commander of U.S. Cyber Command. In addition, Jamil is an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, a strategic advisory firm; 4iQ, a deep and dark web intelligence startup; Duco, a technology platform startup that connects corporations with geopolitical and international business experts; and Amber, a digital authentication and verification startup.
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