National Security Symposium

McLean Presbyterian Church
By invitation only

Speakers and topics are as follows:

Scott Hatch

  • Mr. Hatch has served in the Intelligence Community for nearly 25 years where worked on Russian foreign and security policy and after 9/11 on terrorism and Iraq. After three years of teaching courses at CIA's Sherman Kent School, Mr. Hatch returned to counterterrorism as the deputy manager for a group focused on radicalization, ideology, and countering violent extremism. Mr. Hatch has an MA in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.
  • Mr. Hatch's presentation, "Towards a Biblical Theology of Ethics for the Intelligence Profession," looks at the theological goal of intelligence, the biblical legitimacy for this kind of work, and the kind of overarching approach that would need to think about this profession from a sound theological and practical perspective. It will draw on, but go beyond, reflections on the Just War Tradition, with a particular application toward intelligence.

Marc LiVecche, PhD.

  • Dr. LiVecche is the managing editor of Providence and a Scholar of Christian Ethics, War, & Peace at the Institute on Religion and Democracy. Prior to these roles, he completed doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the supervision of Jean Bethke Elshtain. Marc’s dissertation, With Malice Toward None: The Moral Ground for Killing in War, takes a classic just war view of the question of killing in its theological and ethical dimensions in part as a response to the crisis of moral injury. Marc spent twelve years in Central Europe working at a Christian study and research center and leading seminars on history and ethics onsite at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland.
  • Dr. LiVecche's presentation will address the central question Christian soldiers must answer: "How do I love my enemy in war?" Specifically, Dr. LiVecche will explore how to square Jesus's command to love your enemy in a context of war, which involves killing your enemy, by embracing the Just War tradition's ethical reasoning. 

Mary Habeck, PhD.

  • Dr. Habeck is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She is an adjunct professor in strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). From 2008 to 2009, she was the special adviser for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff. Before joining SAIS, Dr. Habeck taught military history and strategic thought in Yale University’s history department. She is the author of, among many books, Knowing the EnemyJihadist Ideology in the War on Terror.
  • Dr. Habeck's presentation will focus on her personal experience of being a Christian and a national security decision maker at the highest levels of government.