The Evolution of American Intelligence and National Security in the Decade since 9/11
An Address by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers
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In the ten years since the attacks on September 11, 2001, the nation has gone through a process of Listen to Audio

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mourning, reflection, and learning. The intelligence community, criticized for its failure to identify or stop the al Qaeda plot, is no exception. It changed its structure and tactics, and has endured a deep and often-painful debate over its ethics and practices. How has the American intelligence community evolved over the last decade? Has it learned the right lessons from 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? Was the capture of Osama bin Laden the new norm, or merely a stroke of good luck?

Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will assess these questions and weigh the challenges facing the nation in the coming year.
8:45 AM
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM

REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ROGERS (R-MI), Chairman of the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

9:20 AM
Question and Answer

10:00 AM
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Event Summary
WASHINGTON, September 16, 2011— Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, stressed the importance of a serious debate on American strategy and interests abroad. It is vital, argued Rogers today before a large audience at the American Enterprise Institute, for the country to discuss how to promote American interests and values amid upheaval across the Middle East and how to fund a strong defense amid severe budgetary concerns. Chairman Rogers affirmed that the United States must uphold a comprehensive view of the threats in the world and acknowledge the proper uses of American strength. He also argued that the United States must be prepared for the potential threat a rising China poses and recognize the changing nature of the geopolitical landscape. He reminded the audience that American commitments must be credible to the rest of the world and that the United States must be trusted to pursue victory without retreat, to fulfill global responsibilities and to recognize our unique obligation to our allies. Consequently, he argued, the United States must maintain its presence in Afghanistan and Iraq until stability is achieved and properly equip the men and women fighting on the front lines. Chairman Rogers concluded that 9/11 taught American citizens that we cannot expect to pull back from our leadership role if we hope to remain safe and maintain our position of global leadership.

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Speaker Biography

Chairman Mike Rogers is the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the 112th Congress. The committee oversees the seventeen agencies that make up the US intelligence community, including operations and budgetary oversight, and it is the primary committee responsible for overseeing implementation of the intelligence community restructuring. Chairman Rogers helped write the USA Patriot Act and its renewals; shaped America’s strategy for fighting jihadists and the rugged border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan; wrote the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to protect against chemical and biological threats; identified and addressed massive, unguarded munition sites in Iraq; and identified Miranda warnings given to terrorists. Chairman Rogers earned his reputation as a leader during his service as a US Army officer/company commander (1985-88), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent investigating public corruption as a member of the Chicago Bureau’s organized crime unit (1988-94), and in the Michigan Senate (1995-2000), where he served as Senate majority floor leader (1999-2000). Chairman Rogers is also a cofounder of E.B.I. Builders Inc., a family-owned home construction business in Brighton, Michigan, and is a member of several chambers of commerce. Chairman Rogers served in the University of Michigan Reserve Officer Training Corps, belongs to the Society of Former Special Agents for the FBI, and is an honorary member of Brighton Rotary Club.


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