2019 Agenda

9:30 | Welcome Remarks
Keir Lieber, Director, Center for Security Studies
Ellen McCarthy, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research

9:45 - 10:30 | Keynote: Why AI Matters for Intelligence
Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

10:30 - 11:45 | Panel 1: International Cooperation and Competition in AI

There is strong interest in what AI can do to advance intelligence operations and state security in the United States, China, and around the world. But there is also significant risk of arms races, misinterpretation, and escalation. Panelists will examine which AI technologies are most relevant to international cooperation and competition, and what policymakers can and should do to manage the risks and seize the opportunities.


  • Tarun Chhabra, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

  • Fiona Cunningham, George Washington University

  • Matt Daniels, Department of Defense

  • Mike Horowitz, University of Pennsylvania

  • Stephanie O’Sullivan, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

11:45 - 1:00 | Lunch Break

1:00 - 2:00 | Keynote Interview
Gen. Jack Shanahan, Director, DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
Jason Matheny, Director, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

2:00 - 3:00 | Panel 2: Should AI companies work with government?

What should the relationship be between the United States government and leading technology companies on the issues of national security? This panel will tackle this question, examining potential areas of collaboration and concern. A range of different panelists will share their views and experiences from a variety of positions in government and technology companies.


  • Jack Clark, OpenAI

  • Richard Danzig, 71st Secretary of the Navy

  • Melissa Flagg, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

  • Raj Shah, Arceo.ai

3:00 - 5:00 | Career Fair