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Dr Matthew Levitt
Senior Fellow and Director, The Washington Institute's Stein Program on Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence, Washington DC
Monday 9 December 2013
NSW Trade and Investment Centre, Sydney
Matthew Levitt is a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Stein Program on Counter Terrorism and Intelligence. From 2005 to early 2007, he served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, he served both as a senior official within the department's terrorism and financial intelligence branch and as deputy chief of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, one of sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies coordinated under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. During his tenure at Treasury, Dr. Levitt played a central role in efforts to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse and to deny terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other rogue actors the ability to finance threats to U.S. national security. In 2008-2009, he served as a State Department counter terrorism advisor to the special envoy for Middle East regional security (SEMERS), General James L. Jones.
From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Levitt served the Institute as founding director of its Terrorism Research Program (now renamed as above), which was established in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Previously, he served as a counter terrorism intelligence analyst at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he provided tactical and strategic analytical support for counter terrorism operations, focusing on fundraising and logistical support networks for Middle Eastern terrorist groups. During his FBI service, Dr. Levitt participated as a team member in a number of crisis situations, including the terrorist threat surrounding the turn of the millennium and the September 11 attacks. He has earned numerous awards and commendations for his government service at both the FBI and the Treasury Department.
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Security Challenges Winter edition out now
The Defence White Paper 2013
Defence White Papers are not everyday occurrences undefined the Defence White Paper 2013 is only the fourth in two decades, and the second White Paper to published since the inception of this journal. In 2009, Security Challenges published a special issue on the 2009 White Paper (vol. 5, no. 2), which provided the most extensive analysis of that document in the public arena.
In this issue, we have now again invited a range of experts from across Australia to analyse particular aspects of the new, 2013 White Paper, to comment on what the government did and did not decide to do, place these decisions in their historic context, and draw implications for future policy.
Articles in this issue examine the politics of Defence White Papers, the depiction of the strategic environment, defence engagement, the US alliance, strategy, defence funding, the future or land, aerospace and maritime forces, the future submarine, cyber warfare, people issues, defence industry and innovation, and reform.
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Chairman’s Circle – a special level of Kokoda Membership
The Chairman’s Circle is a new exclusive level of membership of the Foundation which recognises publically the support and assistance that an individual or a company provides. It enables people to help contribute to the national security debate by supporting the Foundation in a philanthropic manner.
As a member of the Chairman’s Circle you will receive all the benefits of general membership including receiving Security Challenges, research papers and invitations to Kokoda events and activities. Whenever possible members of the Chairman’s Circle will receive exclusive invitations to Kokoda Closed workshop activities and VIP access at our larger events. Please note closed workshop invitations are issued based on subject matter expertise and required security clearances.
In addition all members of the Chairman’s Circle will be listed on the Kokoda Foundation website, acknowledged in the Annual Report to members and welcomed formally in Kokoda’s quarterly newsletters.
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