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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab is pleased to announce the 13th JHU/APL Rethinking Seminar Series.  These informative seminars on national security and defense issues by distinguished speakers who are experts in various fields of national or international affairs will be held approximately one evening a month near the Pentagon.  Free and open to the public, the Rethinking Seminars provide in-depth, professional views of important topics. Each event will also be recorded and made available on this website.  The 2016-2017 Rethinking Seminar Series will focus on Rethinking Global Security Imperatives in a Time of Transition. Details of the first event are provided below.

Besides streaming videos of the talks, the website will also provide audio versions, podcasts, bulletized notes taken during the talk, and any presentation files the speakers provide. Previous video, audio, bulletized notes, and presentation files (when available) are posted in the Video Archives. Videos from recent years’ series are also available on the JHU/APL Seminars YouTube Playlist – Rethinking Seminar Series.




Wednesday, September 7th
Marriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City (6:00-8:00 PM)

Mr. John J. Mulligan

Deputy Director, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) 

Rethinking Terrorism: Past, Present, and Future

John J. Mulligan joined NCTC in March 2015. He is the first NCTC Deputy Director to come from the National Security Agency where he most recently served as Associate Deputy Director, Counterterrorism. At NSA Mr. Mulligan had been responsible for the agency’s overall Counterterrorism program since August 2011. His role included integrating NSA’s capabilities with those of other U.S. government agencies to detect and disrupt terrorist threats around the world.

Mr. Mulligan joined NSA in 1983 and served in a variety of roles, including field postings and positions at military commands.  His NSA Headquarters assignments included service as a senior group coordinator in National Security Operations Center (NSOC) and management positions within NSA Analysis and Production.  Between 2005 and 2007 Mr. Mulligan completed two separate tours in the Middle East.

For the Rethinking Seminar, Mr. Mulligan will discuss many aspects of terrorism and counterterrorism including:

  • Why the NCTC was created and what it does

  • Historical instances of terrorism in the U.S. before the current threat environment

  • Drivers of terrorism

  • Current global terrorism situation vis-à-vis Al-Qaeda and ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant)

  • Possibilities for U.S.-based attacks, given the Paris and Brussels attacks

  • Identifying: “Who is a terrorist?”

  • What the increase in terrorist use of the internet means for radicalization

  • Trends in terrorism looking forward


Previous Seminar

Dr. David M. Lampton

31 May 2016
Rethinking the Future of US / China Relations

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Future Seminars

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