Are you interested in national security?

Lawfire readers – you’re among the very first to have the opportunity to register for our annual national security law conference here at Duke Law.  It’s set for Friday, February 24, and Saturday morning, February 25, and our theme this year is Cyber, Security & Surveillance: Truth & Consequences.

We have an especially awesome lineup of speakers and panelists, and I urge you to check out the agenda found here.  You’ll hear from John Carlin, the former chief of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, as well as Glenn Gerstell, the National Security Agency’s General Counsel.  Dean Cheng author of the new book, Cyber Dragon: Inside China’s Information Warfare and Cyber Operations (2017), will be our luncheon speaker.

Other cyber luminaries who will be participating include Susan Hennessy, Michael Newton, Mieke Eoyang, David Hoffman, Kristen Eichensehr, Maj. Gen. Larry Wells, USAF (Ret.), Ari Schwartz, Mary-Rose Papandrea, Col. Gary Corn, USA, and Sean Watts.

Though the focus is on cyber, we will also be paying attention to a very timely subject in the aftermath of the election: civil-military relations.  We will be joined by authors Rosa Brooks, Georgetown Law, author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon (2016); Kori Schake, Hoover Institution, editor of Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military (2016); and Bill Banks, Syracuse Law, author of Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military (2016).

Col. Linell Letendre, USAF, who heads the Department of Law at the Air Force Academy, will give us an ethics presentation. (For attending attorneys – we expect the conference to qualify for CLE credit in NC and PA).

As a special treat, you’ll hear from the Deputy Judge Advocate Generals of the Army, Navy, and Air Force – as well as Major-General Blaise Cathcart, the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces.

If you are thinking this is something just for lawyers, you’d be mistaken.  Typically, we draw a wide range of attendees from academia, government (to include the military), media, and from other disciplines as well as law.  If you’re interested in national security, you’ll want to be at this event.

I especially invite your attention to the conference dinner on Friday night at the beautiful Washington Duke Inn.  If you haven’t had a chance to have dinner at the WaDuke, you’ll want to be there on February 25 because our guest speaker will be Monika Bickert from Facebook (she’s Head of Global Policy Management there).  You’ll have networking opportunities at the reception and dinner as well as during the conference itself.

If you want to attend, you’ll need to register, and that can be done here. Since the conference fills up very quickly, I urge you to register as soon as possible.

Yes, there is a small charge to attend (registration includes two continental breakfasts and a box lunch), but just so you know, it actually costs us over $100 per person to put on the conference, and if you also attend the conference dinner, please know it is “significantly” subsidized by the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS).

(BTW, if anyone would like to donate and be listed as a conference sponsor – especially to help subsidize military and student attendees – please let me know!!)

Again, the conference agenda and registration info is found here.  Hope to see you there!!

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