This Week in DC: (a few) Events

The highlight of this week’s meager offerings is Wednesday’s MERS talk, which is available via webcast for those of you in distant locales.

Tuesday, August 20

Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: On Life Support or an Imminent Threat?
Foundation for Defense of Democracies
12:00PM – 1:30PM

Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and more than two years after Osama bin Laden was killed, how great of a threat is al Qaeda to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad? Has the instability in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout Africa allowed al Qaeda to grow in size and power? How should the latest threats against America’s diplomatic facilities, paired with the recent prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere impact U.S. counterterrorism strategy? Please join FDD for a conversation with Eli Lake, Thomas Joscelyn, and Cliff May.

Wednesday, August 21

Leveraging Defense Community Resources for the Next Generation of Threats
NextGov’s Cybersecurity Series
7:30AM – 9:30AM

With new cybersecurity legislation and slashed defense budgets, federal and corporate plans for protecting Defense infrastructure are subject to serious alterations. How will these upcoming changes affect your day-to-day operations? Hear from leading DoD voices and policy experts and learn: what cyber vulnerabilities are taking priority on the Department of Defense’s agenda; how the Department of Defense best leverages public-private partnerships to fend off the most critical threats, and which sectors of the Defense Industrial Base are most heavily affected by budget cuts.

Insights from the Front Lines of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Outbreak
UPMC Center for Health Security
10:00AM – 12:00PM

Dr. Ziad Memish, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,will discuss Saudi Arabia’s effort to control and respond to the MERS-CoV outbreak.

(image courtesy of Dell/Flickr)

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