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Security Conference



November 29-30, 2012
Indiana University

The underlying concept of the conference is that over the past decade the USG has heavily concentrated on counterterrorism and been preoccupied with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, perhaps to the neglect of other issues that also affect America's national security. Additionally, President Obama and the new Congress will be facing a looming federal deficit crisis, likely to cause budget reductions for most every government agency and the military. This two-day conference will address what are those other national security issues that are most likely to need attention over the coming eight years. The 17 outstanding panelists come from Academia, current USG, retired senior federal officials and corporate America. For the purpose of the conference, "national security" will cover not just potential military and espionage issues, but also topics such as cyber threats and foreign energy and raw materials dependence.

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Mary Beth Long, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Affairs

Non-University Speakers:

  • Vicki Allums, Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property, DISA/DoD
  • Tyler Drumheller, former CIA Chief of European Operations
  • Dr. Evan Ellis, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University
  • Richard H. Hertzberg, Chairman and CEO of the ENPEX Corporation
  • Robert Jones, SAC, FBI Indianapolis
  • Jeff Tunis, retired career foreign service officer
The conference sessions will take place in the Indiana Memorial Union on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. Special rate lodging is available in the IMU for conference participants.

The conference is being sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the new School of Global and International Studies, West European Studies, and the Hutton Honors College.

For further information please contact the conference organizer, Gene Coyle (CIA ret) at

*This conference is free and open to all IU students, faculty, and staff. No registration required.