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National Security Conference

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A Message from United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz

Welcome to the 2016 National Security Conference.  It is an honor to host this conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and I would like to thank President L. Rafael Reif and Chief John DiFava for their generosity and continued support.

As everyone can assess from the current climate involving numerous incidents associated with terrorism and extreme violence, both nationally and globally, the challenges of ensuring our nation’s security are varied and complex. National security is not just a law enforcement and intelligence problem, not just a military and diplomatic problem, and not just an ideological challenge.  It is a multi-faceted puzzle requiring many stakeholders to work together to be more efficient and effective in combatting the enemy. 

This two-day conference will cover a range of critical national security concerns facing our nation, including, emerging threats to law enforcement, the role of social media in terrorist recruitment, crisis communications, and lessons learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing, San Bernardino and elsewhere.  

After months of combing the country in search of leading national security experts, the conference planning committee developed an exciting agenda with over 60 distinguished speakers and moderators.   The goal of the conference is to catalyze participant-driven discussions that promote and facilitate candid dialogue with terrorism and national security experts, Department of Justice officials, national news correspondents, leading academics and many others. 

I am especially honored to welcome Lisa O. Monaco who serves as President Obama’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor and John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s National Security Division, who will each provide unparalleled insights into the landscape of our nation’s security. 

I hope that over the next two days, you gain knowledge of the emerging trends our country faces on the home front and abroad, and take advantage of the opportunity to network with nearly 800 of your counterparts from around the nation.  On behalf of my office, thank you for your participation and support of our ongoing public safety efforts. 


Carmen M. Ortiz
United States Attorney

Discussion Topics

  • Terrorist attacks – the new normal?
  • Considerations in managing terrorism crises and mass violence incidents
  • The evolution of foreign terrorist organizations: How they are leveraging technology to promote their message
  • Terrorism, violent extremism and violence motivated by hate – do the differences matter?
  • Learning from experience: Crisis communication, from the perspectives of those working with and in the media
  • Prevention strategies for reducing acts of terrorism and violence motivated by hate
  • Experiences in trauma care of victims and first responders in terrorism and mass violence incidents
  • Hate groups and anti-government movements
  • Recent developments in drone technology


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kresage Auditorium
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Date & Time: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 8:30am to Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 4:30am ET
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Updated October 28, 2016