August 31, 2011
Opening and Welcome: Barbara Couture
Session I: Science and Technology: Can America Compete? Norman Augustine
Norman R. Augustine is the former CEO and chairman of Lockheed Martin. Along with working with other aerospace companies such as Martin Marietta and Douglas Aircraft, Augustine held several positions in the Department of Defense. He served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as assistant director of defense research and engineering, as well as assistant secretary, under secretary, and acting secretary of the Army. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. Augustine has been presented the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award. He has five times received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal.
Session II: Health Care: Karen Ignagni
Karen Ignagni is president of Washington, D.C.-based America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). She is a nationally recognized spokesperson for the health care industry and regularly testifies before Congress on key federal legislation. In recent years, she has appeared before Senate and House committees on matters ranging from health insurance plans’ role in homeland security to Medicare reform and patient protection issues to access to health care coverage issues. Prior to joining AHIP in 1993, Ignagni directed the AFL-CIO’s Department of Employee Benefits. In the 1980s, she was a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, preceded by work at the Committee for National Health Insurance and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Session III: Health Care: J. Mario Molina
J. Mario Molina, MD, is president and CEO of California-based Molina Healthcare. As the son of Molina Healthcare founder, C. David Molina, the younger Molina has worked in various capacities within the company. As the medical director, he worked with providers and clinics while overseeing medical and risk management issues. During his time as vice president of the company, Molina was responsible for provider contracting, member services, marketing and quality assurance. He has received the Ernst & Young Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 2005 was featured in Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America.
Session IV: Health Care: Thomas A. Daschle
Former U.S. Sen. Thomas A. Daschle is a senior policy adviser to the law firm of DLA Piper, where he provides clients with strategic advice on public policy issues such as climate change, energy, health care, trade, financial services and telecommunications. Since leaving the Senate, he has written two books, including the recently published, “GETTING IT DONE: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform.” In 2007, he helped to create the Bipartisan Policy Center, an organization dedicated to finding common ground on pressing public policy challenges. Daschle serves on the board of the Center for American Progress, acts as the vice chair of the National Democratic Institute and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Remarks on State Issues: Susana Martinez
Susana Martinez was elected governor of New Mexico on Nov. 2, 2010, making her the first Latina governor in United States history. Martinez was the district attorney for the Third Judicial District in Dona Ana County, a position she held for 14 years. In addition to managing the second largest DA’s office in the state, Martinez has personally tried some of the toughest cases, including child abuse and child homicide. She also has a record of battling public corruption. On her watch, the Dona Ana county clerk was convicted of five felony charges of violating the election code, and a municipal court judge was convicted of voter fraud. Martinez has twice been named New Mexico’s Prosecutor of the Year.
September 1, 2011
Session I: National Debt: Pete V. Domenici & Alice Rivlin
Pete V. Domenici served as a U.S. senator from New Mexico longer than any other person. During his 36 years in the Senate, Domenici served as chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee. As budget chairman, he produced two consecutive balanced budgets – the only federal balanced budgets in the last 50 years. In addition, he introduced the Reconciliation process into Senate procedure, enabling spending reform to pass without the danger of filibuster. He is internationally acknowledged as one of the most knowledgeable and effective senators in the area of nuclear non-proliferation and working to reduce the nuclear threat posed by foreign nuclear arms facilities. He increased funding for the nation’s nuclear laboratories and introduced a variety of programs to improve the testing of American nuclear weapons without use of physical, underground testing. Currently, he co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Debt Reduction.
Alice Rivlin, Ph.D., first Director of the Congressional Budget Office, former White House Budget. Alice M. Rivlin is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Last year, President Obama named Rivlin to the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. She also co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Debt Reduction. Rivlin served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board from 1996-1999, was director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in the first Clinton Administration, and was the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office. She received a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship in 1983, and in 2008 she was named one of the greatest public servants of the last 25 years by the Council for Excellence in Government. She has taught at Harvard, George Mason and The New School Universities. She also has served on the boards of directors of several corporations, and as president of the American Economic Association.
Session II: Cyber Security: Michael V. Hayden
As director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Michael V. Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the U.S. Before becoming director of the CIA, Hayden served as the country’s first principal deputy director of National Intelligence and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service.
Session III: National Security: James L. Jones
James L. Jones served as National Security Advisor for President Obama from January 2009 to November 2010. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps General who held the positions of Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of the United States European Command until December 2006. Jones retired from active duty in 2007 after more than 40 years. That same year, Jones was appointed as the State Department’s special envoy for Middle East Regional Security. In this capacity, he worked with Israeli and Palestinian officials in furthering the peace process, focusing on the full range of security issues in order to strengthen security for both sides. Jones currently is president of Jones Group International, created to help address challenging geo-strategic issues.