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Asymmetric Threat Symposium


Decision Superiority: Countering Surprise, Denial and Deception is the sixth symposium in the Asymmetric Threat Series.

Participants will define the nature of faceted attacks and examine how to deal with them. We will explore strategies, best practices, current solutions, and emerging trends for preventing and countering strategic and operational surprise, denial, and deception and address themes such as:

  • Do national indications and warning efforts – processes, resources, actions, and authorities – adequately protect us from asymmetric threats?

  • Has the federal government developed adequate legislation, policies, procedures, tactics, systems, and authorities to provide both strategic advantage and security in the face of surprise, denial, and deception?

  • Have the government and the private sector figured out how to collaborate in the prevention, security, protection, and mitigation of faceted attacks – and if necessary – how to reconstitute damaged functions and systems?

This event is sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute, the Center for Security Policy, and CACI International Inc. and is by invitation only.

General Registration Information

This event is by invitation only.  If you would like more information on attending, please contact The U.S. Naval Institute's conference department at [email protected]

The U.S. Naval Institute is pleased to share a sampling of books published by the Naval Institute Press and articles published in its monthly magazine, Proceedings, which support the themes of surprise, denial and deception, which will be addressed in the Asymmetric Threat Symposium.

Naval Institute Press Books


The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway

Written by: Elliot Carlson


The Final Report Revealed

Written by: Fred Borch and Daniel Martinez



Walter C. Short and the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Written by: Charles R. Anderson



Recollections of a Day of Infamy

Written by: Paul Stillwell


Proceedings Magazine Articles

“Course Corrections in Command and Control

Written by :Admiral John C. Harvey Jr. with Captain David E. Grogan, JAGC, U.S. Navy; and Commander Anthony J. Mazzeo, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Printer Friendly Schedule

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
7:30AM - 8:00AMContinental Breakfast
8:00AM - 8:05AMEvent Moderator Remarks
8:05AM - 8:15AMWelcome: Dr. J. P. London, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, CACI International Inc.
8:15AM - 8:20AMIntroductions and "Thank You" - CACI International Inc., U.S. Naval Institute, and Center for Security Policy
8:20AM - 9:00AMKeynote
9:15AM - 10:15AMPanel 1 - Are Surprise and Deception Preventable?
10:30AM - 11:30AMKeynote
11:45AM - 12:30PMLunch
12:45PM - 2:00PMPanel 2: Leadership, Authorities, and Decision Making
2:15PM - 2:30PMSummary and Key Notes: Dr. Lani Kass, Corporate Strategic Advisor, CACI Interntational Inc.
2:30PM - 2:45PMClosing Remarks

ADM James A. Winnefeld, Jr. USN
ADM James A. Winnefeld, Jr. USN

Keynote Speakers

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Adm. Winnefeld serves as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In this capacity, he is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s second highest-ranking military officer.

Winnefeld graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He subsequently served with three fighter squadrons flying the F-14 Tomcat, and as an instructor at the NavyFighterWeaponsSchool.

Adm. Winnefeld serves as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In this capacity, he is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s second highest-ranking military officer.

Winnefeld graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He subsequently served with three fighter squadrons flying the F-14 Tomcat, and as an instructor at the NavyFighterWeaponsSchool.

Winnefeld’s unit commands at sea include Fighter Squadron 211, USS Cleveland (LPD 7), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65). He led “Big E” through her 18th deployment, which included combat operations in Afghanistanin support of Operation Enduring Freedom immediately after the terrorist acts of Sept. 11, 2001. As Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two/Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, he led Task Forces 50, 152, and 58 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and maritime interception operations in the Arabian Gulf. He also served as commander, United States6th Fleet; commander NATO Allied Joint Command, Lisbon; and, commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO.

His shore tours include service in the Joint Staff Operations Directorate (J-3), as senior aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as executive assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. As a flag officer, he served ashore as director, Warfare Programs and Transformational Concepts, United States Fleet Forces Command; as director of Joint Innovation and Experimentation at United States Joint Forces Command; and, as the director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) on the Joint Staff.  He most recently served as the commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).

Winnefeld’s awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and five Battle Efficiency awards

Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.)
Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.)

Keynote Speakers

Former Commander, U.S. Strategic Command

Gen. Kevin P. Chilton was the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He was responsible for the plans and operations for all U.S. forces conducting strategic deterrence and Department of Defense space and cyberspace operations.

Gen. Kevin P. Chilton was the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He was responsible for the plans and operations for all U.S. forces conducting strategic deterrence and Department of Defense space and cyberspace operations.

General Chilton is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Columbia University Guggenheim Fellow.  A distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force pilot training and test pilot Schools, he flew operational assignments in the RF-4C and F-15 and weapons testing in the F-4 and F-15. The general also served 11 years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and commanded STS-76, his third space shuttle mission.

The general has commanded at the wing, numbered air force, major command and unified combatant command levels.


Mr. Michael Braun


Former SES and Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Managing Partner, Spectre Group International

Mr. Braun retired from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in October, 2008, and immediately joined Spectre Group International, LLC, (SGI) as a Managing Partner. SGI is focused on supporting United States government efforts to build strong law enforcement and judicial institutions in challenged settings around the globe. The company is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has an office in Kabul, Afghanistan. The company also assists foreign governments with their institutionbuilding efforts, and supports private sector security interests by developing or tailoring, implementing and managing unique security projects and programs.

As DEA Chief of Operations, Special Agent Michael A. Braun was responsible for leading the worldwide drug enforcement operations of the agency’s 227 domestic and 86 foreign offices, as well as the Special Operations Division, the Aviation Division, the Office of Financial Operations, the Office of Operational Support and the Office of Diversion Control. He was appointed to this position in February 2005 and was the longest serving principal advisor to the DEA Administrator on all enforcement-related matters. Mr. Braun became widely recognized during this era as an expert on the growing nexus between drugs andterrorism, and for focusing the Agency’s efforts on the Global War on Terrorism. He forged strong relations with the Department of Defense, and provided clear vision to Combatant, Unified and Specified Commanders on the important role that the DEA plays in supporting DOD’s counterinsurgency and irregular warfare doctrine.

From December 2003 to 2005, Mr. Braun headed the multi-agency Office of Special Intelligence and later led the entire Intelligence Division. He was also appointed by the Deputy Attorney General to serve as the first Interim Director of a new DOJ Drug Intelligence Fusion Center that supports our nation’s war on terrorism and drugs. Mr. Braun was responsible for the formative design of this highly successful, multi-agency endeavor.

In 2001 Mr. Braun was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) and assigned as the Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Division, where he oversaw all of DEA’s operations and programs in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. In June 2003, shortly after the Iraq invasion by U.S. and coalition partners, Mr. Braun was detailed to the Department of Defense to serve on special assignment in Iraq as the Chief of Staff for the Interim Ministry of Interior, Coalition Provisional Authority. He assisted in creating the new Iraqi National Police Service and Customs and Borders agencies, and with developing plans to rebuild the public safety segment of the Iraqi security infrastructure.

Mr. Braun joined the DEA in 1985, where he served as a Special Agent in the St. Louis Division. From 1991 to 2001, Mr. Braun received several promotions and served in a number of progressively challenging assignments. In Latin America, he led specially trained and equipped host nation counterparts and DEA Special Agents on paramilitary drug enforcement operations in the jungles of South and Central America in support of U.S. foreign drug policy. In the Houston and Los Angeles Divisions, his teams targeted some of the world’s most notorious drug trafficking cartels and gangs. Mr. Braun also served two Headquarters tours during this period in supervisory and management assignments, including an appointment as Executive Assistant to the Administrator.

Mr. Braun enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and served from 1971 to 1973 as an infantryman, including limited service in the Republic of Vietnam. He served in the ranks of both local and state law enforcement for 11 years before joining DEA. Mr. Braun received a BS degree in Criminal Justice in 1977 from Southeast Missouri State University, and he has attended a number of government, military, and private leadership courses, including the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University and the National Executive Institute.

Mr. Braun has received numerous awards and commendations during his career, including the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2007 and the Presidential Rank Award in 2006. In 2008 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal and the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

RADM Michael Brown, USN (Ret.)


Former Director, Cybersecurity Coordination, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Rear Admiral Michael A. Brown served as director, Cybersecurity Coordination (DCC) in the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In this position, he was responsible for increasing interdepartmental collaboration in strategic planning for the Nation’s cybersecurity, mutual support for cybersecurity capabilities development, and synchronization of current operational cybersecurity mission activities for the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. He was also assigned as the DHS senior cybersecurity representative to the United States Cyber Command. Brown previously served as the DHS deputy assistant secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications and as assistant deputy director Joint Interagency Task Force, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Brown has assisted and led the Navy’s efforts and development in Information Operations (IO) and cyberspace.  Prior to his assignment to DHS, Brown served  as director, Information Operations Division (OPNAV N3IO) and deputy director for Cryptology Division (N2C), at the Navy Staff in Washington, DC.  Additionally, he was designated as the special assistant for Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and IO to commander, Naval Network Warfare Command.  In this position he led the Navy’s expansion of its operational role in cyberspace.

In 2005, Brown served as deputy commander and chief of staff for the Commander, Naval Security Group Command where he was selected to the Flag rank.

Brown has served in several key roles in Naval Information Warfare and Intelligence including commanding officer, Naval Information Warfare Activity (NIWA) in Suitland, Md., where the command revolutionized tactical naval IO capabilities across the fleet, assuring naval commanders were equipped and prepared to operate around the world.  He has held various fleet, joint and national positions throughout his career.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (Electronic Warfare) from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts in National and Strategic Studies for the Naval War College, and is designated an Acquisition Professional.

Brown is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a host of unit and campaign service medals.


VADM Bert Calland, USN (Ret.)


Executive Vice President for Security and Intelligence Integration, CACI

Mr. Calland supports CACI's continually expanding business within well funded markets in the Intelligence Community and the growing market for information sharing at the nexus of intelligence, defense and law enforcement capabilities that is so critical to our nation's defense.

Mr. Calland most recently served as Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Prior to that he was Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and served as Commander of Special Operations Central within the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

A highly decorated veteran, Mr. Calland brings battlefield leadership and command experience at all levels. His 33-year Navy career included service as a platoon commander with the Navy's Sea, Air and Land (SEAL) special operations forces through command of the Navy Special Warfare Development Group from 1997 to 1999.

In 2000 Mr. Calland assumed command of CENTCOM's Special Operations Command. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks he transitioned his headquarters into a forward deployed Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command, directing more than 3000 U.S. and Coalition Special Operations Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom. In this role Mr. Calland was the first U.S. military flag officer in Afghanistan.

After serving as Commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command from 2002 until 2004 Mr. Calland was assigned as the CIA's Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support and was subsequently appointed the CIA's Deputy Director (the Agency's second highest position) in 2005. In 2006 Mr. Calland was assigned to NCTC, the federal government's primary organization for integrating and analyzing intelligence on terrorism and conducting strategic operational planning across multiple agencies and organizations. At the CIA and at NCTC Mr. Calland worked on the most difficult national security issues at the highest levels in our government.


SES Steven R. Chabinsky


Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mr. Chabinsky is currently on a rotational joint duty assignment with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) where he serves as the Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Cyber, the Chair of the National Cyber Study Group, and the Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force. In this capacity he assists the Director of National Intelligence in fulfilling his obligation to coordinate, monitor, and provide recommendations to the President regarding the implementation of the broad portfolio of activities and programs that comprise the President’s Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative (CNCI). The CNCI is contained within National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23.

Mr. Chabinsky’s home agency is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he previously served as Chief of the Cyber Intelligence Section. In this capacity, Mr. Chabinsky led the FBI’s analysis and reporting on terrorism, foreign intelligence, and criminal matters having a cyber threat nexus.

Mr. Chabinsky joined the FBI in 1995 as an attorney in the Bureau’s Office of the General Counsel. In 1998, Mr. Chabinsky became Principal Legal Advisor to the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) and later served as senior counsel to the Cyber Division. Mr. Chabinsky played a prominent role in the development of InfraGard, an information sharing and analysis partnership to enhance nationwide cooperation between the private sector, academia, and federal, state, and local government agencies.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Chabinsky worked as an associate attorney in the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, and clerked for the Honorable Dennis G. Jacobs (now Chief Judge) of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Chabinsky graduated with honors from Duke University in 1987 and from Duke Law School in 1990.

VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)


Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Naval Institute

Peter Daly is the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Naval Institute (USNI – www.usni.org), one of the most respected professional associations in the United States. Comprising almost 50,000 members, the Institute has served for 138 years as an independent forum that fosters an increased understanding of the sea services and their enduring contributions the to the Nation.

Prior to accepting the CEO post in 2011, Vice Admiral Daly served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. His Navy career, spanning more than 30 years, includes command of the destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59); Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31; and Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11 – Nimitz Strike Group. During each of these commands, he deployed to the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility – participating in Operation Desert Strike in 1996 in Russell and as Sea Combat Commander for the Lincoln Battle Group in the Gulf immediately after the attack on USS Cole in 2000. As Nimitz Strike Group Commander in 2005, he led Task Forces 50, 152 and 58 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and maritime intercept operations in the Arabian Gulf.

Shore assignments include executive assistant and program analyst, J-8, Joint Staff; executive assistant to the Commander, Pacific Fleet; and executive assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. As a flag officer, he served as Deputy for Resources and Acquisition (J-8) Joint Staff; Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy; and as Deputy N3/N5 (Operations, Plans and Strategy) in the Navy Staff.

Peter Daly is a Life Member of the Naval Institute, a former member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and Editorial Board, a participant in the Institute’s seminars, and a contributor to the Proceedings.

He is a native of Chicago, a graduate of the College of Holy Cross (A.B. Economics), receiving a regular commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He holds a Master’s degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. 

Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret.)


Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, USAF

Lieutenant General David A. Deptula (Ret.) is a thought leader on defense, strategy, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).  He is now Chief Executive Officer for MAV6, LLC, a high technology company whose focus is providing situation awareness. A highly decorated military officer with over 3,000 hours (400 in combat) and multiple commands in the F-15, he transitioned from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in 2010 after more than 30 years of service. He is a world-recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major regional conflict having accomplished several “firsts” in the command of joint forces, planning and execution of aerospace power, ISR and improved international relationships.

General Deptula has taken part in operations, planning, and joint warfighting at unit, major command, service headquarters and combatant command levels.  He has served on two congressional commissions charged with outlining America's future defense posture – the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces and the National Defense Panel.  In his last active duty assignment, he was the first Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, Headquarters AF. In that position he was responsible for policy formulation, planning and leadership of AF ISR, and was the AF Senior Official of the Intelligence Community. 

General Deptula has significant experience in combat and leadership in several major joint and combined contingency operations.  He was the principal attack planner for the Desert Storm coalition air campaign in 1991.  He has twice been a Joint Task Force Commander – in 1998/99 for Operation Northern Watch where he flew 82 combat missions, and for Operation Deep Freeze in 2005/6 conducting operations in Antarctica.  In 2001, the general served as Director of the Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Enduring Freedom, where he orchestrated air operations over Afghanistan during the period of decisive combat.  In 2005, he was the Joint Force Air Component Commander for Operation Unified Assistance, the South Asia tsunami relief effort – the largest humanitarian relief effort since the Berlin airlift.  In 2005/6 he served as Commander of the Kenney Warfighting Headquarters; Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces; and as the standing Joint Force Air Component Commander for Pacific Command.  

General Deptula has flown more than 3,000 hours (400 in combat) and multiple operational fighter command assignments in the F-15.  He is a prolific author and a sought after speaker around the world on a variety of ISR, strategy and defense related issues.  In 2009 he was awarded the Aviation Week & Space Technology Aerospace Laureate Award for extraordinary accomplishment in national defense, and in 2010 he was presented with the General H.H. Arnold Award, the AF Association's highest honor to a military member in the field of national security.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, General Deptula earned his B.A. with distinction in astronomy at the University of Virginia and was commissioned as an Air Force officer in 1974 as a distinguished graduate from AF ROTC.  He remained at the University of Virginia to complete a master's degree in systems engineering.  He also earned a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Air Command and Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College.


LTG Michael Flynn, USA


Deputy Director, National Intelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Michael T. Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1981 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in Military Intelligence. His first assignment was as a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Since that time he has served in a variety of command and staff positions to include, Commander, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion and G2, 82nd Airborne Division; G2, 18th Airborne Corps, CJ2, CJTF-180 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan; Commander, 111th Military Intelligence Brigade at the Army's Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Director of Intelligence, Joint Special Operations Command with duty in OEF and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command with duty in OEF and OIF; Director of Intelligence, the Joint Staff; Director of Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan and US Forces-Afghanistan, Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2; and he currently serves as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence, Partner Engagement.

Lieutenant General Flynn holds an undergraduate degree in Management Science from the University of Rhode Island and holds three graduate degrees; a Master's of Business Administration in Telecommunications from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, a Masters in the Military Arts and Sciences from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws, from the Institute of World Politics, Washington D.C.

Lieutenant General Flynn's other assignments include multiple tours at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division as a platoon leader for Operation URGENT FURY in Grenada, and as Chief of Joint War Plans for JTF-180 UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti. He also served with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and as the Senior Observer/Controller for Intelligence at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Lieutenant General Flynn is a graduate of the Army's Intelligence Officer Basic, Advanced, and Electronic Warfare Courses, the Combined Armed Services Staff Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies and the United States Naval War College.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the NATO Service Medal, and several service and campaign ribbons. Lieutenant General Flynn also has earned the Ranger Tab and Master Parachutist Badge, and the Joint Staff Identification Badge.

Mr. Frank J. Gaffney


President, Center for Security Policy

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. The Center is a not-for-profit, non-partisan educational corporation established in 1988. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters.

Mr. Gaffney is the host of Secure Freedom Radio, a nationally-syndicated radio program heard weeknights throughout the country. On Secure Freedom Radio, Mr. Gaffney addresses current and emerging threats to national security, sovereignty and our ways of life. Featured guests have included Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, Donald Rumsfeld and many current and former policymakers and elected officials.

Mr. Gaffney is the publisher and associate author of Shariah: The Threat to America(Center for Security Policy Press, 2010).  With an introduction by former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, New York Times bestseller Andrew C. McCarthy and Lt. General Harry Soyster as well as contributions from the 19-member Team B II, this highly acclaimed report provides a comprehensive and articulate "second opinion" on the official characterizations and assessments of the threat of political Islam as put forward by the US Government. Shariah: The Threat draws upon the work of the Center for Security Policy and offers practical steps for mobilizing the our law enforcement, our elected officials and the American public to defend out country from those who would do us harm. 

Mr. Gaffney also contributes actively to the security policy debate in his capacity as a weekly columnist for the Washington Times, TownHall.com, and Newsmax.com. He is a contributor to BigPeace.com and his columns also appear periodically in WorldNetDaily.com, and FrontPageMagazine.com. He is a featured weekly contributor to Lars Larson's syndicated radio program as well as Greg Garrison's show and a frequent guest on syndicated programs with hosts like: Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Hugh Hewitt, Janet Parshall, and Jim Bohannan. In addition, he appears often on national and international television networks such as Fox News, CNN and BBC.  Over the years, his op.ed. articles have appeared in such publications as: The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, National Review, Newsday, American Legion Magazine, and Commentary.

In April 1987, Mr. Gaffney was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving nuclear forces, arms control and U.S.-European defense relations. He acted in that capacity for seven months during which time, he was the Chairman of the prestigious High Level Group, NATO's senior politico-military committee. He also represented the Secretary of Defense in key U.S.-Soviet negotiations and ministerial meetings.

From August 1983 until November 1987, Mr. Gaffney was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle.

From February 1981 to August 1983, Mr. Gaffney was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator John Tower (R-Texas). And, in the latter 1970's, Mr. Gaffney served as an aide to the late Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson (D-Washington) in the areas of defense and foreign policy.

Mr. Gaffney holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Mr. Gaffney's leadership has been recognized by numerous organizations including: the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award (1987), the U.S. Business and Industry Council's Defender of the National Interest Award (1994), the Navy League of the United States' "Alfred Thayer Mahan Literary Achievement Award" (1999), and the Zionist Organization of America's "Louis Brandeis Award" (2003).

Mr. Gaffney was born in 1953 and resides in the Washington area.

SES Dan Johnson


U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence Analysis

MG Michael D. Jones, USA (Ret.)


Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command

General Jones last active Army assignment was as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Central Command. He held numerous key command and senior staff positions in the U.S. Army and in Joint commands, including Director of Operations for U.S. Central Command, Commander of the Civilian Police Advisory Assistance Team in Iraq, Deputy Director, Strategic Plans and Policy on The Joint Staff, Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 1st Cavalry Division, Director of the Chief of Staff Army’s Staff Group, and Commander of the 16th Cavalry Regiment. He deployed on two tours to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and also toBosnia as part of the Implementation Force of Operation Joint Endeavor. 

His military career, with its wide range of responsibilities and command positions, has given him a broad knowledge of geopolitics as well as expertise in Army and Joint operations, logistics, cyber defense, C4ISR, cutting edge training technology, programming and budgeting, organizational design, and leadership and management of large and complex organizations.  His extensive Middle East experience, service in the Pentagon and Washington inter-agency, two Army Training and Doctrine Command tours, and his battlefield experience provides significant depth.  General Jones has also worked extensively as a commander and staff officer through each of the previous BRACs, including working with the Colorado Springs community as the Fort Carson BRAC representative to assist them in their base defence efforts.

Dr. Robert Kadlec


Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Biodefense Policy, White House Homeland Security Council

Dr. Kadlec spent 26 years as a career officer and physician in the United States Air Force, serving in several senior positions in the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the Department of Defense. Most recently, Dr. Kadlec served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Biodefense Policy on the Homeland Security Council. He also served as staff director for Senator Richard Burr’s subcommittee on bioterrorism and public health in the 109th Congress. In this capacity, he was instrumental in drafting the Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Bill that was signed into law. Dr. Kadlec also previously served at the White House from 2002 to 2005 as a director for biodefense on the Homeland Security Council, where he was responsible for conducting the biodefense end-to-end assessment, which culminated in drafting the National Biodefense Policy for the 21st Century.

Dr. Kadlec’s government experience includes both executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government and extensive participation in strategy and policy development promulgation. His past efforts cover the spectrum of medical and nonmedical biodefense issues and public health activities.

Dr. Kadlec holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a doctorate of medicine and a master’s of tropical medicine and hygiene from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University.

Dr. John Nagl


Professor and Minerva Research Fellow, U.S. Naval Academy


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