2017 Agenda



3:30pm - 4:30pm: 

Welcome Reception at The Spanish Lounge with Cipher Brief Network Experts



Official Resort Check in


5:00pm – 5:30pm:

Welcome and Overview by The Cipher Brief CEO Suzanne Kelly


5:30pm – 6:30pm:

The Cipher Brief Annual Threat Report: presented by General Michael Hayden

The world may have been more dangerous in the past, but, our experts tell us, it has never been more complicated. Based on the insight of our Expert Network, the Cipher Brief brings you its Annual Threat Report, examining the top threats faced in today’s complex security environment.


6:30pm – 8:00pm:

Innovation Dinner featuring NGA Deputy Director Susan Gordon with introductions by Suzanne Kelly, John McLaughlin and Thomas Tull

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Susan M. Gordon talks about the critical role that innovative thinking plays in addressing threats in both the government and private sectors.




7:00am - 7:45am:

Private Morning PT Session with Gin Miller (reservation required)

Workout with Gin Miller, one of the founders of Reebok’s STEP.  Her Cirque’ de Yoga workout combines eastern dance, ballet and Yoga. Bring water and a towel. Space is limited.  Text (404)279-0283 to reserve a spot.


8:00am – 9:00am:

Morning Breakfast Brief with John McLaughlin                         

Communication is key when facing a crisis or executing a long-term goal.  Find out how the CIA runs its Morning Threat Brief with former Acting Director John McLaughlin.  


9:00am – 9:45am:

Fireside Chat: Risks to Critical Infrastructure with an introduction by The Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly​​

Despite years of warnings and known vulnerabilities, the U.S. electric grid remains one of the most concerning targets for terrorist’s intent on having a means to take it down.  Now, as news of a new cyber threat emerges, are the public and private sectors doing enough to overcome the threat? 


General Michael Hayden, Moderator, Cipher Brief Cyber Advisory Board

Thomas Fanning, CEO, Southern Company​


9:45am – 10:30am:

The Private Sector Ops Center

There are no ‘private’ CIA’s, so businesses that operate around the globe need to efficiently gather, assess and act on information to protect their employees and assets.  Crises are won by the amount of preparation that goes into them.  In this new age of information, how do professionals get actionable information faster?


Robert Dannenberg, Fmr. Managing Dir, Global Security, Goldman Sachs

Paul Kolbe, Director of Global Intelligence, BP

Robert Richer, CEO, Uptima Group

10:30am – 10:45am:

Networking and Phone Check Break


10:45am - 11:30am:

Fireside Chat: Fueling Innovation Through Leadership with an introduction by The Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly

Susan M. Gordon, Deputy Director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and Thomas Tull, engage in a Fireside chat focused on best leadership practices in the public and private sectors and the importance of Innovative thinking in both leadership and national security. 



Susan M. Gordon, Deputy Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Thomas Tull, Founder of TULCO, Fmr Chairman and CEO of Legendary Entertainment     


11:30am – 12:00pm:

The Terrorist Threat: A Cipher Brief Threat Report Breakout 

Led by The Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly

There is no relief in sight for those fighting the scourge of terrorism. Over the past year, terrorists carried out horrific attacks from Manchester to Kabul to Orlando, using weapons ranging from complex explosives to a simple knife or a truck. As pressure is applied to ISIS in Iraq and Syria, our experts warn more attacks are inevitable. So – what does the West focus on to harden its defenses? Or is this the new normal?



John Bennett, Fmr. Director of CIA’s National Clandestine Service

Alex Bolling, Former Member, Senior Intelligence Service, CIA's Directorate of Operations

Mitch Silber, Fmr. Director of Intelligence Analysis, NYPD


12:00pm – 1:00pm: 

Luncheon Keynote with General Jack Keane: The Real Global Threats to Business

Join the first General to be tapped as Secretary of Defense by the Trump Administration and a current Advisor to key national security leaders, as he walks us through the global landscape of threats and issues impacting the national security of the United States and hear his thinking on how the U.S. needs to prioritize them. 


1:15pm – 2:00pm:

Interview: An Insider's Take on Innovation in DoD 

A Conversation with former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus

Led by Kim Dozier, Senior National Security Correspondent, The Daily Best & Global Affairs Analyst, CNN

How can the U.S. Department of the Navy manage multipronged threats while maintaining freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and fighting the Global War on Terror – all while the budget process in Washington appears broken for the foreseeable future? Former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus discusses the challenges facing the Department of the Navy.


2:00pm – 2:30pm:

Great Power Politics: A Cipher Brief Threat Report Breakout

Led by The Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher, Suzanne Kelly

With Russia at Europe’s borders, a rising China with its eye on global leadership, a disintegrating nation-state order and rise of new state and non-state actors in the Middle East, the United States finds itself mired in partisan and sectarian politics. Washington’s confused relationship with both Beijing and Moscow affects its relationships around the world. What comes next?



Michael Sulick, Fmr. Director, CIA’s National Clandestine Service

Alasdair Gordon, Fmr. Senior National Security Officer, Australian Govt

Emile Nakhleh, Fmr. Senior Intelligence Service Officer, CIA

John Sipher , Fmr. Senior Member, CIA's Senior Intelligence Service


2:30pm – 2:45pm:

Networking and Phone Check Break


2:45pm – 3:45pm:

Resetting the Battlefield on Artificial Intelligence: A Cipher Speed-Round Briefing

Despite dramatic fears of a Skynet-type system that thinks for itself, the reality is that AI hasn’t taken off until recently.  To understand where it’s going, we start with the five pillars that machine learning is based on.  Armed with the basics, we explore what people think versus what AI can actually do today and then focus attention on how the Department of Defense has been thinking about leveraging the potential.  Join us for a discussion of what’s moral, effective, and legal when it comes to Artificial Intelligence. 



Robert Griffin, CEO, Ayasdi

Tim Estes, Founder & President, Digital Reasoning

Doug Wise, Former Deputy Director Defense Intelligence Agency


3:45pm – 4:30pm: 

Cyber Threats: Information Operations, Security and Privacy: A Cipher Speed-Round Briefing

Government and businesses find themselves equally at risk from cyber attack. Hear directly from both entities as we explore how the nexus of Information Operations, Security, Privacy and Liability is becoming the blueprint for how we need to think about and address current and future cyber threats.

Led by Matt Devost, Managing Director, Accenture Security & CEO, FusionX



Thomas Donahue, Research Director, Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

Nils Puhlmann, Fmr, CSO & Co-Founder, Cloud Security Alliance

Randy Sabett, Vice Chair, Privacy & Data Protection Practice, Cooley


4:30pm – 5:15pm: 

Sidebar Seminars - Openhouse Style


Giving All & Giving Back

While Members of the Military, Spies and Special Operators are out executing national security missions, dedicated professionals back home work to provide services to the fallen, the injured, and their families. Spend a few minutes hearing about the mission and the meaningful ways in which people are giving back.



John McLaughlin, CIA Officer’s Memorial Foundation

Jeanine Hayden, National Military Families Association

David Kramer, Special Operations Care Fund


The Author's Room Book Signing Lounge

Sponsored by The Spy Museum

Mingle with the Authors and pick up a signed book compliments of The Spy Museum.  Additional books can be picked up with a donation to be divided between the CIA Officer’s Memorial Foundation, The Military Family Association and the Special Operations Care Fund.


Michael Hayden, Playing to the Edge

Michael Morell, The Great War of Our Time

Michael Sulick, American Spies

Max Brooks, World War Z


5:15pm – 6:15pm

The ‘Red Cell’ COCKTAIL HOUR featuring Author, Max Brooks

The U.S. Government has turned to novelists for years to engage in ‘Red Cell’ exercises, or be a part of ‘Red Teams’ to help think more imaginatively about future threats and their origins. Come share a cocktail with Max Brooks, the Author of ‘World War Z’ and hear how he uses creative innovation strategies to help The Atlantic Council and West Point’s Modern War Institute ‘imagine’ future threat scenarios.  


6:30pm – 8:30pm

Dinner / A Candid Conversation with Michael Morell

The Twice-Acting Director of the CIA who was with George W. Bush on 9/11 and was widely expected to be Director of CIA under a Hillary Clinton Presidency breaks down the global threats and how Washington must come together to face them.



7:15am – 8:00am:

Understanding Media Breakfast

Led by Coffee-Infused Cipher Brief Publisher Suzanne Kelly

The level of criticism being leveled against media outlets appears to be at an all-time high.  Amid a divisive political climate, how does the media see its traditional role and how can viewers and readers know who to trust?



Walter Pincus, Chief National Security Columnist, The Cipher Brief, spent 40 years at The Washington Post

Kimberly Dozier, Sr. National Security Correspondent, The Daily Beast, Global Affairs Analyst, CNN

David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times


8:00am – 8:45am:

The Insider Threat: Managing Mitigation Over Elimination: A Cipher Speed-Round Briefing

With a pre-recorded Introduction with Rick Ledgett, Fmr. Deputy Director, National Security Agency

Across Government and the private sector, the threat of an ‘Insider’ stealing, destroying or disclosing classified or business critical information is a risk that will never be fully eliminated.  As new technologies are being invested in and developed to help address the threat, hear how we need to understand the risk and what can – and can’t – be done about it.



Mark Kelton, Fmr. Deputy Director for Counterintelligence, CIA

Steven Bay, Edward Snowden’s Fmr. Boss at BAH, Director of Threat Intelligence & Response, Security On-Demand

Todd Rosenblum, Fmr. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense


8:45am – 9:30am: 

Interview: How the NSA is Innovating for the Future

A Conversation with Dr. Deborah Frincke, Research Director, NSA 

A rare conversation with the head of the National Security Agency’s Research Directorate, Dr. Deborah Frincke about how the once-super secret spy agency is pushing ahead with its mission to protect.  As technology continues to alter the balance with adversaries, hear first-hand how the NSA is innovating to stay ahead of threats.



9:30am – 9:45am: 

Networking and Phone Check Break



9:45am – 11:45am: 

Under Attack’: A Cyber Wargame Scenario

with an introduction by Suzanne Kelly

The country is under a serious cyberattack with national consequences. How would senior government officials and private sector experts respond? Join your fellow attendees in this unique exercise alongside world-renowned experts from government and industry as you respond to challenges of a realistic cyber crisis scenario.



General Michael Hayden, Chair, Cipher Brief Cyber Advisory Board

Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and CTO, CrowdStrike

Michael Sulmeyer, Belfer Center Director of Cyber Security Projects, Harvard Kennedy School

12:00pm – 12:45pm: 

Interview: Innovation, Investment and Indicators of Risk

A Conversation with Dr. Jason Matheny, Director, IARPA

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) sounds like a division out of a Bond film, yet the Government organization that is tasked with investing in high-risk, high-payoff research in support of national intelligence, couldn’t be more real.  Join us for a candid discussion with the Director of IARPA as we talk about innovation, investment and the indicators of risk.


12:45pm – 1:30pm: 

Beachside Farewell Brunch

Join our keynote speakers General Michael Hayden, General Jack Keane, Deputy Director of the NSA Susan M. Gordon and former Acting Director of the CIA John McLaughlin and The Cipher Brief Experts for a few parting thoughts on where to keep a critical eye in the coming year.  




1:45pm – 2:45pm: 

Private Event - 'Emerging Hacker'

A Cipher Brief Cyber Advisory Board Meeting

Chaired by General Michael Hayden

The Cyber Advisory Board comes together for a high-level conversation on “Emerging Hackers”. Does the democratization of hacking change how companies and governments - increasingly dependent on digital technologies - defend against cybercrime, cyber espionage, and even cyber warfare? Is the current defense and deterrence structure ill-fitted for the world of tomorrow?

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