Carnegie Mellon University
ISA Sponsored Lectures

Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Erin Walsh, "Innovation and Exporting: Creating Jobs through Free and Fair Trade"

Monday, November 13, 2017
Adamson Wing

Elizabeth Erin Walsh is the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets (GM) and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (CS). Ms. Walsh oversees a global network of trade promotion and policy professionals located in more than 75 countries and over 100 U.S. cities.

Ms. Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and American Government from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She brings more than 25 years of management experience to the Department of Commerce, including over a decade at the Department of State, with international organizations and the private sector. Ms. Walsh has traveled or worked in 100 countries, and has extensive knowledge of foreign and economic affairs in Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

Most recently, Ms. Walsh was employed at the White House as Special Assistant to President Trump.  Prior to that she was an executive director at Goldman Sachs in Asia Pacific.

Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics and the Institute for Strategic Analysis

Secretary Anthony Foxx, "Smart and Connected Cities"

Friday, November 10, 2017
1:00 - 1:45 P.M. 
McConomy Auditorium

Secretary Anthony Foxx, Former United States Secretary of Transportation
Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics, Institute for Strategic Analysis, and the Office of Government Relations

Anthony Foxx is the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation and the former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. As Secretary of Transportation, he led an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a budget of $70 billion. Sec. Foxx was responsible for overseeing American air, maritime, and surface transportation and ensuring that America maintained the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. Confirmed by a rare 100-0 Senate vote, Sec. Foxx’s career success is indicative of his demonstrated ability to push forward in an era of deep partisan divide. Crafting an ambitious agenda to modernize America, he pressed Congress to pass the nation’s first long-term surface transportation bill in more than a decade. Sec. Foxx energized DOT’s embrace of innovation to help solve these problems by launching the Smart City Challenge, a national competition to implement bold, data-driven ideas that make transportation safer, easier, and more reliable in that city. He also worked to accelerate the Department’s efforts to incorporate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology into new vehicles. Called “the Great Connector” as a result of his efforts to update, streamline, optimize, and digitize the nation’s transportation system, Sec. Foxx is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau and discusses the American transportation system, innovation, and coalition building.

In 2015, Sec. Foxx refocused the national dialogue on the future of transportation infrastructure by releasing Beyond Traffic, a report on the challenges facing American infrastructure over the next three decades. Beyond Traffic highlights the importance of giving local governments reliable, long-term funding to plan critical investments in transportation infrastructure and has already influenced decisions by elected officials, planners, and stakeholders nationwide. Sec. Foxx championed this goal during hundreds of Congressional meetings, two bus tours, and visits to 43 states before securing a 5-year, bipartisan surface reauthorization bill from Congress in December 2015. Sec. Foxx believes that transportation should not only bring people from one place to another but should also create opportunities for the places and people in between. He leveraged the resources of the Department to connect communities to economic opportunity while encouraging land use planners, engineers, and decision-makers to revitalize and reconnect underserved communities.

As mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Sec. Foxx successfully pushed the two largest investment packages in the city’s history, including transportation, housing, and neighborhood improvements, making efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte’s job creation and economic recovery efforts. This included extending the LYNX light rail system, the largest capital project ever undertaken by the city; expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest in the world; working with Governor Beverly Perdue to accelerate the I-485 outer belt loop using a creative design-build-finance approach; and starting the Charlotte Streetcar project.

Sec. Foxx served two terms on the Charlotte City Council, where he chaired the Transportation Committee. He is a former law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. 

Major General William Rapp, "The Importance of Improving Civil-Military Relations"

Monday, March 27, 2017 4:45-5:45pm Porter Hall 100

Major General William Rapp, Commandant, U.S. Army War College

Major General William E. Rapp is the 50th Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 1984 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from USMA, a Masters of Arts in Political Science, a Masters of Arts in National Security Policy, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), the Army War College, and the Joint Forces Staff College. He was the distinguished honor graduate of his Infantry Officer Advance Course, Ranger School class, Jumpmaster class, and the Strategist Program at CGSC. Major General Rapp was a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.

Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics and the Institute for Strategic Analysis.

ADM (ret.) Dennis Blair, "Cybersecurity: The Role of Active Defense"

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 4:30-5:30pm Margaret Morrison 103

Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) is the Chairman and CEO of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. He serves as a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council; on the boards of Freedom House, the National Bureau of Asian Research, the National Committee on US-China Relations and the Atlantic Council. Blair led the sixteen national intelligence agencies as the Director of National Intelligence (1/2009-5/2010). Blair was president and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analyses (2003-2006).  Before retiring from a 34-year Navy career in 2002, Blair was the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Blair earned a master’s degree in history and languages from Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar. Two commissions he co-chaired have issued recent reports: Oil Security 2025: U.S. National Security Policy in an Era of Domestic Oil Abundance, and The Report of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.

Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics and the Institute for Strategic Analysis

GEN Daniel B. Allyn, "Leaders of Character for a Complex World"

Monday, October 31, 2016 4:30-5:30pm Gates Hillman Center 4307

General Daniel B. Allyn assumed duties as the 35th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, August 15, 2014.

General Allyn is a native of Berwick, Maine, and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He previously served as the Commander of the United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, NC.

He also served as the Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Commanding General, 1st Cavalry Division, "America's First Team," including duty as Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force-1 and Regional Command East in Afghanistan. General Allyn has also served as the Chief of Staff, and later, Deputy Commanding General of XVIII Airborne Corps, including duty as Chief of Staff, Multi-National Corps Iraq. His joint assignments include the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and the Joint Operations Directorate, J-3. Prior to his Joint assignments, he served as Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), culminating with service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to serving in the "Marne Division," General Allyn served two tours of duty with the 82nd Airborne Division, two years with the 2nd Infantry Division, and three tours of duty with the 75th Ranger Regiment.

General Allyn's previous duties include command at the platoon through division level and staff assignments at the battalion through Joint Staff level. He served an overseas assignment in Korea and operational deployments for Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, two peacekeeping deployments to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, and Operations Desert Spring and Enduring Freedom in Kuwait, two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and most recently was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XII.

He is a graduate of the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Strategic and National Security Studies.

General Allyn's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, three Defense Superior Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantryman Badge (with Star), the Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge (with Bronze Star), the Ranger Tab, the Pathfinder Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.


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Sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Analysis

GEN (ret.) Michael V. Hayden- "Cybersecurity: Why Is This (Still) So Hard?"

Friday, October 28, 2016 1:00-2:00pm Rangos 1 and 2, Cohon University Center

GEN (ret.) Michael V. Hayden, Principal, The Chertoff Group; Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Former Director, National Security Agency; and Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the US.

At Chertoff Group, General Hayden uses his broad geographic and political knowledge to brief clients on intelligence matters worldwide – including developments in cybersecurity – that may affect their businesses.

“The best defense is knowing what your enemies are up to, before they know you know it. For today’s CEOs,” he adds, “there is also the challenge of figuring out who and where your enemies are.”

Before becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service.

General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a master’s degree in modern American history in 1969. He also did postgraduate work at the Defense Intelligence School conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency. General Hayden is the author of Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University and Chairman of the Board of Delta Risk, LLC.


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Sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Analysis, the Center for International Relations and Politics, and the Institute for Software Research.

ADM John Richardson- "Maintaining Maritime Superiority"

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5:15-6:15pm Rashid Auditorium (GHC 4401)

ADM John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations

Admiral John Richardson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics.  He holds master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and National Security Strategy from the National War College.

At sea, Richardson served on USS Parche (SSN 683), USS George C. Marshall (SSBN 654) and USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716).  He commanded USS Honolulu (SSN 718) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Richardson also served as commodore of Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 12; commander, Submarine Group 8; commander, Submarine Allied Naval Forces South; deputy commander, U.S. 6th Fleet; chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa; commander, Naval Submarine Forces, and director of Naval Reactors.

His staff assignments include duty in the attack submarine division on the Chief of Naval Operations staff; naval aide to the President; prospective commanding officer instructor for Commander, Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet; assistant deputy director for Regional Operations on the Joint Staff; and director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Richardson served on teams that have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Navy “E” Ribbon.  He was awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for his time in command of USS Honolulu.

Richardson began serving as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations September 18, 2015.

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Sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Analysis.

LTG H.R. McMaster, "Harbingers of Future War:  Today’s Conflicts and Implications for Defense Strategy"

Monday, March 28, 2016 1:30-2:45pm, Connan Room, Cohon University Center

LTG H.R. McMaster, Deputy Commanding General, Futures; Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center

In recent years, many of the difficulties encountered in strategic decision making, operational planning, training, and force development stemmed from neglect of continuities in the nature of war.  To develop the future force, Army leaders consider key continuities in the nature of war and are examining how the U.S. experience in Afghanistan and Iraq validated their importance.  Army leaders are also learning from today’s conflicts to identify changes in the character of warfare and implications for future force development.

Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics, Humanities Center, and the Institute for Strategic Analysis.

Admiral Michael S. Rogers, "The Role of the US Military in Cyberspace"

Monday, October 26, 2015 5:00pm, Gates Hillman Center 4401

Adm. Rogers is a native of Chicago and attended Auburn University, graduating in 1981 and receiving his commission via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Originally a surface warfare officer (SWO), he was selected for re-designation to cryptology (now Information Warfare) in 1986.

He assumed his present duties as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service in April 2014.

Since becoming a flag officer in 2007, Rogers has also served as the director for Intelligence for both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Pacific Command, and most recently as Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet.

Duties afloat have included service at the unit level as a SWO aboard USS Caron (DD 970); at the strike group level as the senior cryptologist on the staff of Commander, Carrier Group Two/John F. Kennedy Carrier Strike Group; and, at the numbered fleet level on the staff of Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet embarked in USS Lasalle (AGF 3) as the fleet information operations (IO) officer and fleet cryptologist. He has also led cryptologic direct support missions aboard U.S. submarines and surface units in the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean.

Ashore, Rogers commanded Naval Security Group Activity Winter Harbor, Maine (1998-2000); and has served at Naval Security Group Department, NAVCOMSTA Rota, Spain, Naval Military Personnel Command, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, the Bureau of Personnel as the cryptologic junior officer detailer, and Commander, Naval Security Group Command as aide and executive assistant (EA) to the commander.

Rogers' joint service both afloat and ashore has been extensive and, prior to becoming a flag officer, he served at U.S. Atlantic Command, CJTF 120 Operation Support Democracy (Haiti), Joint Force Maritime Component Commander, Europe, and the Joint Staff. His Joint Staff duties (2003-2007) included leadership of the J3 Computer Network Attack/Defense and IO Operations shops, EA to the J3, EA to two Directors of the Joint Staff, special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, director of the Chairman's Action Group, and a leader of the JCS Joint Strategic Working Group.

Rogers is a distinguished graduate of the National War College and a graduate of highest distinction from the Naval War College. He is also a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI fellow, Harvard Senior Executive in National Security alum, and holds a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.

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