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ADM (ret.) Michael G. Mullen

17th Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff

Admiral Mike Mullen is President of MGM Consulting which provides counsel to global clients on issues related to geo-political developments, national security interests and strategic leadership.

 

He served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations from 2005-2007 and as the 17th Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff for Presidents Bush and Obama from 2007 to 2011. He led the military during a critical time of change and transition.

 

Admiral Mullen advanced the rapid fielding of innovative technologies, championed emerging and enduring global partnerships, and promoted new methods for countering terrorism. He spearheaded the elimination of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, ushering for the first time in US military history the open service of gay and lesbian men and women.

 

Admiral Mullen is a Distinguished Graduate of the US Naval Academy and a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, a Distinguished Alumni of Harvard Business School, a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves as a Trustee at Caltech. Since his retirement from the United States Navy in November 2011 after 43 years of honorable service, Admiral Mullen joined the corporate boards of General Motors from 2013-2018 and Sprint from 2013-2019. He continues to serve on numerous boards to include Bloomberg Philanthropies, CALTECH, Naval Academy Foundation, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, Harvard Business School and a wide array of non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the growth, development, recovery, and transition of military veterans and their families.

 

Additionally, he taught National Security Decision Making and Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University from 2012-2018 and continues to teach advanced ethics and leadership at the US Naval Academy.

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Congressman Joe Courtney

US House of Representatives, Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee

Congressman Joe Courtney was elected in 2006 to represent the Second Congressional District of Connecticut in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, and House Education and Labor Committee.

Congressman Courtney is the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. According to a review by House Historians Office, Courtney is the first known member from Connecticut to lead a naval oversight panel in the House of Representatives since 1873, when Stephen W. Kellogg of Waterbury served as Chair of the Committee on Expenditures in the Navy Department in the 42nd Congress (1871-1873). Prior to that, Samuel Ingham, a two-term Congressman with connections to Hebron, Jewett City (Griswold) and Essex, served as chair of the Committee on Navy Affairs in the 25th Congress (1837-1839).

In addition, he co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus along with Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia. As a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, he serves on the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions subcommittee, as well as the Higher Education and Workforce Training subcommittee.

As a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, Congressman Courtney has worked to strengthen our nation's defense by leading the call for increased submarine production. When Courtney arrived in Congress, Electric Boat was facing significant workforce reductions, and, for the first time in 50 years, was not actively designing the next generation of submarine. Because of funding secured by Courtney through his committee work, the men and women of Electric Boat have been building two submarines per year since 2011. In addition, Courtney has secured critical resources for new design and engineering work on the replacement for the OHIO-class submarine, which has added thousands of jobs in southeastern Connecticut. This design and engineering work prompted Electric Boat to expand into the former Pfizer building in New London to accommodate its growing workforce.

Additionally, Congressman Courtney secured over $100 million federal funding outside the President's budget for SUBASE New London. This investment will ensure that New England's largest military installation will have an enduring mission for years to come. In recognition of his work, Courtney was awarded "The Distinguished Public Service Award" from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the highest civilian honor the Navy confers.

Since his swearing-in, Congressman Courtney has distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for both our nation's veterans and our men and women in uniform. He successfully fought to expand the Montgomery GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans and their families, and led the fight to extend TRICARE benefits to dependents under age 26. Congressman Courtney also fought and won support for an 18-unit supportive housing facility for homeless and at-risk veterans in Jewett City. He also partnered with Senator John McCain to introduce the Post-9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act to help members of the military transition into the teaching profession. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of veterans, Congressman Courtney has been awarded the Connecticut National Guard's highest honor, the Meritorious Service Award. He has also earned recognition from veterans organizations, including the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, which named him Legislator of the Year in 2009.

Having served as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman Courtney is a vocal proponent for nearly 2,500 farmers across eastern Connecticut. Courtney is the founding co-chairman of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, and has worked tirelessly to protect family farms from foreclosure and fix the flawed milk pricing system.

Dedicated to preserving our green space and protecting the environment, Courtney introduced and won passage of a law that designated the Eightmile River in Connecticut as a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Thanks to his efforts, this pristine and scenic watershed will be preserved for generations to come.

Before serving in the House of Representatives, Joe Courtney represented the citizens of Vernon in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1987 to 1994. During this tenure, then state-Rep. Courtney served as House Chairman for both the Public Health and Human Services Committees.

Courtney was recognized in a legislative poll in 1994 by Connecticut Magazine for his bipartisan efforts, and named the "Most Conscientious" and the "Democrat Most Admired by Republicans." Since he came to Congress, Courtney has received numerous awards from several national organizations including the National Patient Advocate Foundation's 2010 Healthcare Hero award, The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers' Legislator of the Year Award, and the American Farm Bureau's Friend of the Farm Bureau award.

Congressman Courtney is a 1975 graduate of Tufts University in Boston. He earned a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978. He lives in Vernon with his wife, Audrey Courtney, and their two children, Robert and Elizabeth.

Panelists

Panel 1: The Arctic and Climate Change: Evolving Maritime Strategy

RDML Chad M. Cary

NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations

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Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Chad M. Cary serves as the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation's (OMAO) deputy director for operations and deputy director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps). He has proudly served NOAA and the nation for more than 20 years, including nine years of sea time and 11 years of shore time. He has underway command experience aboard NOAA ships Reuben Lasker, Henry B. Bigelow, Nancy Foster and John N. Cobb. He has also served as the director of the NOAA Corps' Commissioned Personnel Center and in various assignments with NOAA Fisheries, National Weather Service, and NOAA headquarters.

Michael Oristaglio

Senior Research Scientist/Scholar, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Yale

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Michael Oristaglio is co-founder and director of the Energy Studies Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Yale College and a founding faculty member of the program in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy in Yale School of the Environment. He is a senior research scientist and lecturer in energy geoscience in the Yale Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and former executive director of Yale Climate & Energy Institute. Outside Yale, he serves on the Sustainable Energy Commission for Newtown, Connecticut, and as project manager for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists on collaborative research intended to advance applied Earth science for industry and public benefit. Before joining Yale in 2009, he spent 25+ years in the geophysical services industry with Schlumberger.

Panel 2: U.S. Maritime Strategy in the Indo-Pacific and South China Sea

Bill Hamblet

Jon-Paul Maddaloni

Military Professor, National Security Affairs, Col., U.S. Army

Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings

Bill Hamblet is the Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings magazine and the executive vice president for periodicals, membership, and marketing at the U.S. Naval Institute. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2016 as a captain after 29 years as a naval intelligence officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval War College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the National Defense University. During his career, he served in various capacities including as the intelligence officer for an FA-18 squadron, a Navy SEAL Team, a Carrier Air Wing, and a Carrier Strike Group. He was in the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001 and helped organize the Joint Staff’s immediate reaction to the terrorist attack. He served as the U.S. naval attaché to Russia and led the China Division at the U.S. Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center. His final tour was at the National Counterterrorism Center where he focused on whole-of-government counterterrorism planning for the Middle East, particularly on U.S. and coalition efforts to counter ISIS, foreign fighters, and online extremism.

Col. Maddaloni was assigned to the Naval War College in 2020 in the National Security Affairs Department. He arrived Joint qualified from USINDOPACOM where he served as the Chief of Plans for Logistics in the J4. Col. Maddaloni’s military background in the Field Artillery includes a variety of command and staff positions. He has served in several operational deployments including Kuwait, Bosnia, Thailand, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United Arab Emirates. He is a graduate of all military schools commensurate with his rank, holds a Bachelor of Systems Engineering and Law from West Point, Masters in Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Masters of Science in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS), and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Susan Thornton

Visiting Lecturer in Law and Senior Fellow, Paul Tsai China Center

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Susan A. Thornton is a retired senior U.S. diplomat with almost three decades of experience with the U.S. State Department in Eurasia and East Asia. She is currently a Senior Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School Paul Tsai China Center. She is also the director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Panel 3: Today's National Defense Strategy: A Critical Analysis

Bill Hamblet

Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings

Bill Hamblet is the Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings magazine and the executive vice president for periodicals, membership, and marketing at the U.S. Naval Institute. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2016 as a captain after 29 years as a naval intelligence officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval War College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the National Defense University. During his career, he served in various capacities including as the intelligence officer for an FA-18 squadron, a Navy SEAL Team, a Carrier Air Wing, and a Carrier Strike Group. He was in the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001 and helped organize the Joint Staff’s immediate reaction to the terrorist attack. He served as the U.S. naval attaché to Russia and led the China Division at the U.S. Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center. His final tour was at the National Counterterrorism Center where he focused on whole-of-government counterterrorism planning for the Middle East, particularly on U.S. and coalition efforts to counter ISIS, foreign fighters, and online extremism.

Paul Kennedy, CBE

J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Global Affairs, Yale University

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Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Global Affairs, is the founding director of International Security Studies at Yale, and Distinguished Fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. He is internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic, and strategic issues. He is a former Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn. He holds many honorary degrees, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 2000 for services to history and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in June 2003. He is the author or editor of 19 books, including "The Rise of the Anglo-German Antagonism," "The War Plans of the Great Powers," "The Realities Behind Diplomacy," and "Preparing for the Twenty-First Century." His best-known work is "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers" (Random House), which provoked an intense debate on its publication in 1988 and has been translated into over 20 languages. 

Gregory Makuch

Associate Professor, Joint Military Operations Department

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Professor Gregory Makuch is the Defense Intelligence Agency's faculty representative to the U.S. Naval War College and chair for Defense Intelligence Studies. He teaches in the Joint Military Operations Department as well as classified electives on intelligence. Over a 25-year career as a counterintelligence officer, he has supported four combatant command J2 staffs including U.S. Central Command, U.S. Joint Forces Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and, most recently, U.S. European Command where he served as a senior Intelligence Officer with the Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Division. He is a native of Fall River, MA. 

Panel 4: The Post-GWOT Intelligence Climate and its Implications

Edward Wittenstein

Executive Director, International Security Studies, and Lecturer

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Edward (“Ted”) Wittenstein is a Lecturer in Global Affairs and the Executive Director of International Security Studies, a research and teaching hub of the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs. In that capacity, he helps oversee a number of programs dedicated to international history and global security, including the Schmidt Program on Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Technologies, and National Power; the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy; and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. A former diplomat and intelligence professional, Ted teaches undergraduate, graduate, and law courses on intelligence, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and national security decision-making. He also serves as Co-Director of the Yale Cyber Leadership Forum, a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and a visiting faculty fellow at Yale Law School’s Center for Global Legal Challenges.

 

Matt Verich

Space Operations, Principal, CAPT, U.S. Navy (Ret)

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Matt Verich is a Space Operations Subject Matter Expert at MITRE with over 27 years of experience in Joint and Navy operational and staff assignments worldwide. He has held senior positions at the Office of Naval Intelligence and has led intelligence operations on several naval vessels in support of combat, presence, and disaster relief missions. He has served in various overseas locations, including as a Naval Attaché in Baku. Verich is a lifelong learner with a Master of Science from the Air Command and Staff College, a graduate certificate in Space Systems and Operations, and a graduate of the Naval War College distance learning program. He and his family currently reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dale Rielage

Department of Defense, CAPT, U.S. Navy (Ret)

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Captain Dale C. Rielage, USN (Ret.), is a former surface warfare and naval intelligence officer with extensive experience in Asian and maritime security issues. He is the author of the Navy Staff Officer’s Guide, the standard professional work for naval officers supporting command decision making. His award-winning Proceedings article “How We Lost the Great Pacific War” was selected as the concluding essay in “Developing the Naval Mind,” the US Naval Institute guide for professional reading in wardroom development. He currently serves as Director of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Red Team. 

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