Please join the Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Programs and the Scowcroft Center‘s Forward Defense program for our latest Future of DHS project event on September 6 at 11:30 a.m. ET in a timely conversation with Kenneth Wainstein, US Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Intelligence & Analysis, discussing the current challenges facing the homeland security intelligence enterprise. The Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) is one of the most important, newest, and least-understood parts of the US Intelligence Community. I&A is the bridge between the highly classified world of foreign intelligence, the vital role of federal law enforcement in national security, and the front lines of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments responsible for keeping all Americans safe and secure while respecting civil rights, civil liberties, and the privacy that is enshrined in the US Constitution. This makes I&A’s work vital—and controversial.
Under Secretary Wainstein is leading I&A through a major reorganization, the first after a series of controversies in the summer of 2020 over I&A’s domestic authorities. At the same time, DHS is increasingly reliant on its intelligence arm for analytical support on DHS’s wide-ranging security and economic portfolios, including cybersecurity, nation-state threats like China, Russia, and Iran, domestic and international terrorists, and challenges at the southwest border. Congress has only a few weeks to consider whether to change I&A’s authorities to collect information directly and what I&A’s future budget and missions should be.
Keynote remarks and discussion
Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis
US Department of Homeland Security
Homeland Security Reporter
Aug 25, 2020
Counterterrorism Study Group
Notwithstanding our successes since 2001, terrorist organizations and state sponsors of terrorism continue to adapt and threaten US national security interests. The Counterterrorism Study Group is a forum for former counterterrorism officials to review the latest threats, to understand emerging trends and future predictions, and to explore creative new proposals for improving the effectiveness of current policies and operations.
This event is organized by the Atlantic Council’s Counterterrorism Study Group and the Future of DHS Project with support from Deloitte Consulting, LLP.
Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.