Join us for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news.
Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa will lead the briefing. Costa a former intelligence officer of 34 years with 25 of those in active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq is also a past Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council. He will be joined by Robert C. O’Brien, who recently served as the 28th United States National Security Advisor from September 18, 2019 to January 20, 2021.
Immediately preceding that O’Brien was the Second Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the US Department of State. With the Secretary of State, O'Brien led the US Government's diplomatic efforts on overseas hostage-related matters. He worked closely with the families of American hostages and advised the senior leadership of the US Government on hostage issues. He coordinated with the interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell on the development and implementation of US hostage recovery policy and strategy. O’Brien was a member of the International Republican Institute delegations that observed the presidential election in the Republic of Georgia in October 2013 and parliamentary election in Ukraine in October 2014. From 2007-2011, O'Brien served as Co-Chairman of the US Department of State Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform (PPJRA) in Afghanistan under both Secretaries Rice and Clinton. The PPJRA promoted the rule of law by training Afghan judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers and provided scholarships for young Afghan lawyers to study in the United States. In 2005, O'Brien was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate to serve as a US Representative to the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Earlier in his career, O'Brien served as a Senior Legal Officer for the UN Security Council commission that decided claims against Iraq arising out of the first Gulf War. O'Brien was a Major in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in the US Army Reserve. His articles and editorials on foreign policy and national security regularly appear in national publications. He is a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and The Hugh Hewitt Show. He is currently Of Counsel to Larson LLP, a law firm based in Los Angeles, California, which he co-founded in 2016.
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