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Dinner with National Security Experts

November 30, 2012

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? Students joined our special guests for an open-ended discussion about the things that worried them the most, as well as about what the United States and other countries are or should be doing to reduce the risks.


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An 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.

Evan 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.

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.

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.

An 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 of 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.

Student Daniel Goot talking with Gene Coyle, retired CIA officer and 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.

Juan Noreiga, retired CIA officer.


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