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TIME: 10:30-11:30, 24th October 2017
VENUE: Committee Room 5, House of Commons,
Houses of Parliament, London SW1A OPA
Secretary Jeh Johnson
4th United States Secretary of Homeland Security
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For over seven and a half years, Secretary Johnson played a crucial role in the evolution of the Obama administration’s defence policy. During the first term of the Obama administration, Mr Johnson served as General Counsel at the Department of Defense, acting as the Pentagon’s most senior lawyer at a time when the United States conducted a record number of drone strikes, sought to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, and initiated a military intervention in Libya. During President Obama’s second term Mr Johnson served as Secretary of Homeland Security, overseeing efforts to respond to the Ebola crisis, and pioneering management reforms which brought about a more centralised approach to budgeting, acquisition, and policy formation.
By kind invitation of Jack Lopresti MP, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Secretary Jeh Johnson, Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, who will reflect on his time in office and offer perspectives for the future of the security of both of our countries. Since leaving office, Secretary Johnson has been an active contributor to contemporary debates, maintaining that America’s response to international terrorism can be justified under both US and international law. He will discuss Washington’s current cybersecurity and counter-terrorism efforts, and how similar policy is playing out in other Western countries, offering a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that define 21st century policy-making.
Secretary Jeh Johnson was the 4th U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. He is now in private law practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP. Johnson is also currently on the board of directors of PG&E Corporation in San Francisco. As Secretary of Homeland Security in the United States, Johnson was the head of the third largest cabinet department of the U.S. government, consisting of 230,000 personnel and 22 components. Prior to becoming Secretary of Homeland Security, Johnson was General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2012) and General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force (1998-2001). Earlier in his career, Johnson was also an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1989-1991). Johnson is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations