Dinner with National Security Experts
November 30, 2012
How secure do you feel? If you were asked, what are the biggest
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?
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
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
With more than 40 years of Washington experience, Dan Denning has
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,
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
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
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
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
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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