One of the most compelling programs right now features KEVIN HASSETT and TOM BOSSERT in conversation about what the next 6-12 months look like in politics, business, national security and the economy. These insiders bring hot insights to the nation's response to the health and economic crisis we're facing, and more to the point, what leaders need to know now to make decisions as economies and communities reopen. Their powerful positions and proximity to the President render them the most qualified voices to shape our understanding of what's happening in Washington and what we can expect in the months ahead.
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Dr. Kevin Hassett is among the world's leading economists, and served as the 29th Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 2017 through 2019. He was recently called back to the White House to serve as a special economic advisor to President Trump to manage data-driven decisions in response to the Coronavirus economic fallout.
While working in the Trump White House, Hassett was a key force driving internal and external debate on virtually every economic topic, from taxes and trade, to substance abuse and deregulation. While at the White House, Hassett was the top public spokesperson for the White House on economic policy and the state of economy, appearing regularly on Fox, Fox Business, CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, and more. Hassett was even drawn upon at times to run the televised White House press briefings.
Sought-out by numerous presidential candidates, Hassett served as John McCain's chief economic adviser in the 2000 presidential primaries and an economic adviser to the campaigns of George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election and McCain in the presidential election of 2008.
Former Homeland Security Advisor to two presidents, Tom Bossert has been a leading voice on U.S. cybersecurity operations and policy for over a decade. During his time in the Trump Administration, Bossert was the Chief Advisor on global health security, cybersecurity, homeland security, and counterterrorism. In his 2017 talk at the Aspen Security Conference titled "The Next Pandemic," he offered a prescient warning to the world about the coronavirus, urging the administration and the global health community to invest in coordinated pandemic response. Prior to his role in the Trump Administration, Bossert served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor under President George W. Bush and worked as a lawyer and risk management consultant in private practice. Bossert is now the president of Trinity Cyber, a fast growing, disruptive cybersecurity company, and sought after by businesses and global leaders alike for his insider's perspective on politics – both on domestic issues and America's place in the world – and the ways businesses can guard against foreign influence in their own networks.
Bossert is a National Security Analyst to ABC News, and his analysis has made headlines in virtually every major media outlet, including The Washington Post, Axios, and The New York Times, among others. He is a Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy at the U.S. Atlantic Council, and was named one of The Washingtonian’s “500 Most Influential People” in D.C. Bossert has been an invaluable counselor to the likes of Disney Chairman Bob Iger, dozens of Fortune 500 companies, several of the nation’s largest university systems, and countless government entities and officials. Audiences are delighted by Bossert’s refreshing candor, and he is an engaging, well-armed speaker who leaves audiences with balanced and detailed understanding of what's ahead in politics, national security, and cybersecurity.
Hassett served as the 29th Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 2017 through 2019.
Prior to becoming Chairman of the CEA, he was an economist at the American Enterprise Institute since 1997. His most recent titles at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) included James Q. Wilson Chair in American Culture and Politics and Director of Research for Domestic Policy. He also served as Director of Economic Policy Studies and Resident Scholar from 2003 through 2014, and currently serves on One River Digital Asset Management's Academic and Regulatory Advisory Council.
Prior to joining AEI, Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business of Columbia University. He has also served as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School, as a consultant to the U.S. Treasury Department, and as an advisor to presidential campaigns. A noted expert in the field of public finance, Hassett has authored peer-reviewed articles in leading economics journals and has served as a columnist in leading media outlets. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom Bossert was the 7th U.S. Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (commonly referred to as the Homeland Security Advisor), serving under President Donald J. Trump during his first year and half in office. As such, Mr. Bossert was the chief advisor to the President of the United States on cybersecurity, homeland security, counterterrorism, and global health security, coordinating the President, his Cabinet and other senior White House staff on a range of domestic and transnational security issues. Mr. Bossert is now President of Trinity Cyber.
Mr. Bossert managed U.S. operational risk in the presidential transition, coordinated international cybersecurity policy and operations, offensive and defensive, and led the successful federal government response and recovery operations to the most damaging and costly natural disaster season in U.S. history. He instituted comprehensive policy and budget reforms to target all the drivers of effective cybersecurity and technology policy globally, applying the largest economic and financial sanctions ever imposed on adversary nations and individual criminal actors. He led the successful effort to reauthorize U.S. intelligence collection authority and led the international, congressional, executive branch, and private sector efforts to enact the CLOUD Act. These efforts allow the U.S. to lead on international data sharing and law enforcement while preventing costly data localization requirements for US businesses. Mr. Bossert led the Nation’s counterterrorism policy and coordinated global operations, dramatically increasing operational effectiveness, destroying the ISIS caliphate and increasing the lethality of our forces around the world. He also coordinated all diplomatic and special operations for the return of U.S. hostages.
Mr. Bossert previously served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor under President George W. Bush and held a variety of other positions in the homeland and national security fields, worked as a lawyer and risk management consultant in private practice, and has been a leading voice on U.S. cybersecurity operations and policy for over a decade. Mr. Bossert is a senior executive with extensive experience in operational and strategic management roles. Prior to rejoining the White House, he was co-founder and general counsel of a unique cybersecurity start-up that operates highly advanced custom technology on behalf of its clients, and he founded and led a management consulting business that provided advice and support services to commercial companies and government agencies as they assessed and managed their multifaceted, complex risk structures and compliance requirements.
Currently, Mr Bossert serves as Chief Strategy Advisor at Trinity Cyber, National Security Analyst to ABC News, and Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the U.S. Atlantic Council.
Mr. Bossert was raised in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from The George Washington University Law School. He was an Engalitcheff Scholar on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University, has guest lectured at the Naval Post Graduate School.