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Security Clearance: A Next-Gen Overhaul

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Webcast Recap

When hackers made off with sensitive data from the Office of Personnel Management, they put new stress on a creaky approach to security clearances. Too often, the federal system freezes out individuals with critical language skills, cultural acumen, and strong ties to sensitive regions; at the same time, it failed to counter the insider threat posed by leakers like Edward Snowden.

In this event, five intelligence experts discuss how to bring security clearance into a new, data-driven century.


  • Charles E. Allen

    Security Policy Reform Council Chair, Intelligence and National Security Alliance and Principal at the Chertoff Group
  • Joan A. Dempsey

    Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton and former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Community Management under Presidents Bush and Clinton
  • The Honorable Randall Fort

    Director of Programs Security, Cyberdomain Team, Raytheon Corporation, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research
  • Christopher Kojm

    Visiting Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and former Chairman of the National Intelligence Council
  • Douglas Thomas

    Director for Counterintelligence Operations and Corporate Investigations at Lockheed-Martin