SECURITY 500

November 12, 2018

The Ritz Carlton
Arlington, VA

Keynote Address: The Evolving Threat: Operationalizing Intelligence in a Complex Environment

Michael C. McGarrity, Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division - Federal Bureau of Investigation

Today’s threat environment is complex and dynamic. The primary international terrorism threat to the United States has evolved from the sophisticated, externally directed plot to the individual, inspired attack. The groups, how they operate, and their targets have all changed over the last few years. What hasn’t changed is the commitment to do us harm. As the threat remains persistent in the United States and overseas, we must adapt and confront these challenges, relying heavily on our partnerships. We depend on our strong partnerships across the varying levels of government, international relationships, the private sector, and communities across the United States. The value of these collective relationships for our threat mitigation is a team effort; it’s this relationship and collaboration which is critical to the counterterrorism fight.