Aspen Security Forum starts with bang |

Aspen Security Forum starts with bang

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, left, listen to Israeli chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, not seen, after their meeting in Tel Aviv, Sunday, June. 27, 2010.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

ASPEN – The Aspen Institute’s new forum on national security will start with a bang Monday when the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discusses the war in Afghanistan at a critical and controversial time.

Adm. Michael Mullen is scheduled to speak from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Greenwald Pavilion. It is the pre-opening address for the Aspen Security Forum, June 28-30, which examines the U.S. war on terrorism abroad and domestically.

Mullen will discuss “Afghanistan/Pakistan: The National Security Challenge” in what is billed as a conversation with David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent with The New York Times. The top U.S. military commander will come to Aspen fresh off a trip to Afghanistan and Israel. His visit comes about a week after President Obama fired Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the Afghanistan war commander and as scrutiny of the U.S. policy in the war there intensifies.

Mullen’s presentation is one of four events open to the public during the Security Forum. Tickets for Monday’s event are $15. They are for sale online at or by calling 920-5770.

On Tuesday, individual tickets will be available to the public for the opening address by Jane Holl Lute, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She will appear in a conversation with Jeanne Meserve of CNN in the Doerr-Hosier building from 9 to 10 a.m. Tickets are available for $25.

Two events will be open to the public on Wednesday. Michael E. Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will give a presentation called, “The Terror Threat Picture and Counterterrorism Strategy” from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Doerr-Hosier building. The presentation will be moderated by Michael Isikoff of NBC News. Tickets are $20.

Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff will be in a conversation with Brian Ross of ABC News on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Doerr-Hosier building. Tickets are being sold for $30.

In addition to the individual tickets, a pass to an opening reception and the Mullen presentation on Monday are being sold for $60. Full-day passes for June 29 and 30 are available for $450 per day. Those options plus the full pass are available at The full schedule is also available at the website.

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