The Global Security Forum (GSF) is New England’s premier regional security forum. The forum brings the world’s top security experts, speakers, and leaders to Connecticut to address the most critical global security issues.

Connecticut is a leader of the global defense industry. As such, what happens around the world has a direct impact on our state and our region.

The Global Security Forum has convened some of the brightest minds and most influential leaders in global security. From cybersecurity to nuclear arms racing, these experts bring their on-the-ground leadership experience and unparalleled analysis to bear on some of the most pressing global issues of our time.


Meet a few of the leaders, experts, and dignitaries who have shared their expertise at the Global Security Forum.

General George Casey

General George Casey (USA, Ret.) | 36th Chief of Staff of the United States Army

General John Allen

General John Allen (USMC, Ret.) | President, The Brookings Institution; Retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins

Founder and President, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation

Farah Pandith

Author of How We Win; former US diplomat; and Senior Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

General Michael Moeller

Lt. General Michael Moeller (USAF, Ret.) | Vice President, Business Development, Pratt and Whitney Military Engines

Admiral Robert Murrett

Vice Admiral Robert Murrett (USN, Ret.) | Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Mara Rudman

Senior Vice President for Policy/Projects, Business Executives for National Security

General Garrett Yee

Major General Garret Yee (USA) | Assistant to the Director, Defense Information Systems Agency

General Michael Jones

Major General Michael Jones (USA, Ret.) | Former Chief of Staff, U.S. CENTCOM

General Spider Marks

Major General Spider Marks (USA, Ret.) | Military Analyst for CNN; Faculty, U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Lori Esposito Murray, Ph.D.

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Nazli Choucri, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Paul Bucha

Recipient of the Medal of Honor

Nicholas Rasmussen

Executive director and senior director for National Security & Counterterrorism programs, McCain Institute for International Leadership; former director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

SAC Brian Turner

Special Agent in Charge, New Haven Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Arthur House

Former Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer, State of Connecticut

Luke Knittig

Senior Director of Communications, The McCain Institute

Ellen Laipson

Director, International Security program, Schar School of Government and Public Policy, George Mason University

David Sanger

David Sanger is The New York Times’ national security correspondent and chief Washington correspondent. In a 36-year reporting career for The New York Times, he has been on three teams that have won Pulitzer Prizes, most recently in 2017 for international reporting. His newest book, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age,’’ examines the emergence of cyberconflict as the primary way large and small states are competing and undercutting each other, changing the nature of global power.

Dan Murphy, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Fund


Missed GSF? Need a refresher? Relive any of the discussions – from General Allen’s keynote on Power and Leadership to Art House and David Sanger’s conversation on cyber warfare – or flip through some of our past programs to see some of the incredible speakers that have joined us, the themes that we’ve tackled, and the topics each panel discussed.

See more past Global Security Forum footage on our YouTube page here





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