Washington, DC - More than 1,000 public and private security professionals from U.S.-based businesses, academia, faith-based institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the federal government will gather at the Department of State, November 19-20, for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) 29th Annual Briefing, “Balancing Security and Privacy Challenges in an Information Age.”
Keynote addresses will be given by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and FBI Director James Comey. Secretary Johnson will speak at 9:05 a.m., and Director Comey will speak at 10:00 a.m.
The briefing also will include a panel discussion at 11:00 a.m. on “Ebola: Lessons Learned,” which will include panelists Dr. Kent Brantly and Dr. Lance Plyler of the nongovernmental organization Samaritan’s Purse. Dr. Brantly was successfully treated for Ebola following his infection in Liberia in July.
Stephen Brunette, Executive Director of OSAC, will provide opening remarks at 8:30 a.m., followed at 8:35 a.m. by a discussion on “The State of OSAC: Views from the Public/Private Sector Co-Chairs” with Bill Miller, Director of the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, and Jim Snyder, Chief Security Officer of ConocoPhillips.
The Overseas Security Advisory Council is a public-private partnership that facilitates the two-way exchange of security information between the U.S. Government and nearly 4,700 U.S. private sector organizations operating abroad. The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security administers the Council.