2011 Conference Speakers
A General in the U.S. Air Force, Michael V. Hayden is best known for his roles as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) (1999-2005) and CIA director from 2006-2009.
Michael Hayden graduated from Duqnesne University with a B.A. in history in 1967 and a Master's degree in modern American history in 1969. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force through Duquesne's ROTC program. His 36-year Air Force career began when he entered active service in the U.S. Air Force in 1969 and rose to the rank of General, awarded on April 22, 2005.
MICHAEL J. SULICK
After a twenty-eight year career, Michael Sulick retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2010 as the Director of the National Clandestine Service (NCS), which is responsible for strengthening national security and foreign policy objectives through the clandestine collection of human intelligence and covert action.
BRIAN J. KELLEY
Brian J. Kelley retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2007 following a forty-two year career which included twenty years as a United States Air Force officer. During his careers with the USAF and the CIA, Kelley was a specialist in counterintelligence, serving in both organizations as a case officer in double agent and deception operations as well as in counterespionage investigations.
Born in Lambeth, England Nigel West was educated at a Roman Catholic monastery and London University. While still an undergraduate he worked as a researcher for the authors Ronald Seth and Richard Deacon, who both specialised in security and intelligence issues.
DANIEL J. MULVENNA
Dan Mulvenna retired from the Security Service of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after 21 years of service. He was selected into the Security Service after 3 years field service in the RCMP’s Criminal Investigations Branch. He worked in Government Personnel Security & Counter-Subversion Branches before being assigned to counter espionage field operations against the Russian target.
David Wise has been described as “America’s premier writer on espionage” by the Washington Post Book World. His latest book, Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) was published in June 2011 and listed by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the Top Ten political books on the Spring list.
Douglas Waller is a veteran correspondent, author and lecturer. In almost two decades as a Washington journalist, he has covered the Pentagon, Congress, the State Department, the White House and the CIA. Waller currently is a defense analyst for Bloomberg Government. From 1994 to 2007, Waller served in TIME Magazine’s Washington Bureau, first as a correspondent then as a senior correspondent. At TIME, Waller covered foreign affairs extensively as a diplomatic correspondent, traveling throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East as well as in the Persian Gulf region.
Kent served as a staff CIA case officer in the 1990s, and as a contractor after 9/11. He has worked in various capacities in intelligence positions in Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His specialty is Counter-terrorism and Islamic Extremism.
Bill Gertz is the National Security Editor and security correspondent and columnist for The Washington Times and the author of six books, including “The China Threat: How the People's Republic Targets America”. He writes the weekly column Inside the Ring, a chronicle about the ups and downs of the U.S. national security bureaucracy.