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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Undergraduate Dinner with
National Security Experts:

  • Gene Coyle, Retired CIA Officer, IU Adjunct Professor
  • Dan Denning, Former Assistant Secretary of the Army
  • Evan Ellis, Professor at Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University
  • Mary Beth Long, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
  • Juan Noreiga, Retired CIA Officer
  • Jeff Tunis, Retired Senior Foreign Service Officer

Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hutton Honors College Great Room (811 E. Seventh St.)
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below

How secure do you feel? If you were asked, what are the biggest threats to U.S. and international security, what would you respond? Terrorism? The war in Afghanistan? Iran's capacity to build a nuclear weapon? Cyber security? Foreign energy dependence? the U.S. deficit crisis? Join our special guests for an open-ended discussion about the things that worry you the most, and about the things that worry them the most, as well as about what the United States and other countries are or should be doing to reduce the risks.

IU Alumna Libby BaneyAn alumnus of Indiana University, Gene Coyle joined the clandestine service of the CIA in 1976, serving some 14 years abroad, undercover in various countries, including Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, and Greece, before returning to IU in 2004 as a Visiting CIA professor. Since his formal retirement in 2006 he has continued teaching courses on the history and role of intelligence in foreign policy as an adjunct in Bloomington.

With more than 40 years of Washington experience, Dan Denning has served with the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Cold War, on Capitol Hill as a legislative aid, and in corporate positions with Gulf Oil Corporation and General Electric. During the Reagan Administration, Denning worked for both the Agency for International Development and the Pentagon, served as executive director of the Republican National Policy Forum and the American Legislative Exchange Council and most recently (2003-2007) as assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs. Since 2010, Denning has worked on national security issues as a consultant with Booz, Allen, Hamilton.

IU Alumna Libby BaneyEvan Ellis is a professor of national security studies, modeling, gaming and simulation with the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University, with a research focus on Latin America's relationships with external actors, including China, Russia and Iran, as well as work on populism in the Andes, transnational criminal organizations and gangs in Mexico and Central America, energy security, and non-traditional national security topics.

IU Alumna Libby Baney Mary Beth Long was the first woman confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of defense (2007-2009). She worked with Secretaries of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates on the department's highest priority issues, particularly the Middle East.

Long is the founder and CEO of the consulting firm Metis Solutions, working with several Fortune 500 firms. She is a senior advisor to NATO on irregular warfare and hybrid threats and provides the Department of Defense with support on the Middle East, Afghanistan, and threat financing. She travels regularly to Afghanistan, NATO countries, and the Middle East. In addition to her Defense Department experience, she previously served for more than a decade at the CIA with hands-on operational work on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, narcotics, and other priority national security issues. She also served in senior Department of Defense positions where she was responsible for Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, and Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia as well as for coalition affairs and strategic communications. She was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter-narcotics in 2004 and had direct responsibility for funds in excess of $1 billion.

Juan Noreiga is a retired career CIA officer. He served as a Navy pilot for five years before serving 28 years as a field operations officer with the CIA, with various senior postings around the world.

IU Alumna Libby BaneyAn alumnus of Indiana University, Jeffrey Tunis is a retired senior Foreign Service officer, serving in the Department of State from 1983 to 2011. A consular officer, Tunis served in the Philippines, Haiti, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Korea and Canada, before his last assignment as Consul General at the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was trained in the Indonesian, Japanese and French languages. He is also a retired Naval Reserve officer with more than 25 years service, and was a foreign affairs specialist in the Department of the Treasury prior to joining State. Following his retirement from the State Department in 2011, Tunis worked in Jakarta for a large Indonesian agribusiness firm as director of foreign affairs.

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this event, please check your schedule to make sure you are available for the entire event and e-mail Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "National Security" supper, and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied.

The special guests at the supper will be on campus to participate in a conference on Changing American National Security Priorities, 2013-2020, to be held in the Indiana Memorial Union, Thursday, Nov. 29-Friday, Nov. 30. The conference, which is co-sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Global and international Studies, and the Hutton Honors College, is free and open to all IU students, faculty, and staff. No registration is required, and additional details, including the names of other conference speakers, can be found here.

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