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General Michael V. Hayden

General Michael V. Hayden is a Distinguished Visiting Professor with George Mason’s School of Public Policy and a principal at the Cherthoff Group. He is a retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency (1999-2005) and the Central Intelligence Agency (2006-09).

General Hayden entered active duty in 1969 after earning a bachelor's degree in history in 1967 and a master's degree in modern American history in 1969, both from Duquesne University. He is a distinguished graduate of the university's ROTC program. General Hayden has served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and as Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center. He has also served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, Headquarters U.S. European Command, National Security Council and the U.S. Embassy in the People's Republic of Bulgaria. The general has also served as Deputy Chief of Staff, United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea.  General Hayden was Chief of the Central Security Service, Fort George G. Meade, Md. Prior to becoming Director of Central Intelligence, he was the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, the first person to serve in that position.

Ambassador John D. Negroponte

Ambassador John D. Negroponte is Chairman of the Board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) . He recently co-authored the Council on Foreign Relations report, "Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet" (http://goo.gl/zQjChU).

Ambassador Negroponte has held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He has served as Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s chief operating officer.

Ambassador Marina Kaljurand, Estonian Ambassador

Her Excellency Marina Kaljurand, Estonian Ambassador to the United States, presented her credentials to President Barack Obama on September 8th, 2011. Additionally she is the current non-resident Ambassador to Canada and Mexico.

Prior to this posting she has served as the Undersecretary for Foreign Economic Relations and Development Aid (2008-2011), non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan (2007-2011), Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2005-2008) and the non-resident Ambassador to the State of Israel (2004-2006).

Ambassador Kaljurand has engaged in many professional activities during her distinguished career in Foreign Service, some of which include: legal expert of the Governmental Delegation on the Agreement on Troops Withdraw between Estonia and Russian Federation (1992-1994); member of the Governmental Delegation for the negotiations on Land and Maritime Boundaries Agreements between Estonia and Russian Federation (1995-2005); member of Governmental Delegation in accession negotiations to the European Union, Head of Legal working Group of the Accession Treaty (2002-2004); and Chief Negotiator on Accession of Estonia to OECD (2008-2011).

David J. Kramer

David J. Kramer is president of Freedom House, which he joined in October 2010.  Prior to joining Freedom House, Kramer was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School for International Affairs at The George Washington University.  Before joining GMF, Kramer served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from March 2008 to January 2009. He also was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus affairs as well as regional non-proliferation issues. Previously, he served as a Professional Staff Member in the Secretary of State’s Office of Policy Planning.   Before that he served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs.   He also was Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy in Washington.
Before joining the U.S. Government, Kramer was a Senior Fellow at the Project for the New American Century, Associate Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Assistant Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, all in Washington.
Prior to moving to Washington, he was a Lecturer in Russian Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He also served as an analyst for the Christian Science Monitor Network during the collapse of the Soviet Union. A native of Massachusetts, Kramer received his M.A. in Soviet studies from Harvard University and his B.A. in Soviet Studies and Political Science from Tufts University.

 

Colonel John C. Church Jr.

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JOHN C. CHURCH, JR., is an Assistant Professor of English and Communication at Immaculata University.  Prior to returning to the classroom John was the first President in the 75-year history of Valley Forge Military College.  He is a colonel in the Marine Reserves.  In 2010 he returned to Valley Forge to assume the presidency after distinguished service with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he coordinated civil-military operations for the commanding general and his staff.  Prior to that assignment, he commanded a combined, joint Civil Affairs unit, leading Marines, soldiers, sailors, and Iraqi civilians in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.  His work with the “Al Anbar Awakening” has taken on historic importance.  Colonel Church enlisted from Detroit and served as an active duty U.S. Navy deck seaman and hospital corpsman assigned to the Marines.  He attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, and earned a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

On active duty, Colonel Church served at 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion in Okinawa, Japan, and 1st Combat Engineer Battalion in Mogadishu, Somalia He also served at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, and Headquarters U. S. Marine Corps at the Pentagon.  As a reservist, Colonel Church commanded Company C, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion in Lynchburg, Virginia, from where he led his Marines to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.  With 4th Civil Affairs Group, Colonel Church served in Kosovo, two tours of duty in Iraq, and his most recent assignment in Afghanistan.  He also taught Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers civil-military relationship training in that Africa nation.

After leaving active duty, John taught at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the U. S. Naval War College, and George Mason University.  Before returning to the classroom, he was, first, an assistant professor of leadership at Valley Forge Military College. He then became dean, and led the charge to accept women at the college.  Before his deployment to Afghanistan, he was the Director of the Service Academy Preparatory Program at VFMC.

John earned a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U. S. Naval War College, a M.A. in Communication Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. and a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy.  He is a doctoral student in Mass Media and Communication at Temple University.  John’s personal reflections of duty throughout the world have been featured in both the Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer.  In 2009, John’s submission, "The Best Seven Months of Our Lives: The War in Iraq and the Battle in Hollywood" won first prize for "Top Graduate Competitive Papers" in the Pennsylvania Communication Association Writing Competition.  In 2010,  his “This I Believe” essay was featured on WHYY and National Public Radio.  John has hosted “Life Long Learning” which can be seen on Radnor Studio 21, Radnor Township, PA.  In 2011, John presented remarks, along with Mayor Michael Nutter, at the Philadelphia Day of Service and Remembrance honoring the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11.  In 2012, John’s service in Liberia was featured in the Immaculata University magazine as one of his IU students was the nephew of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  John has lectured on the dynamic of effective small unit leadership at the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, St. Joseph’s University Air Force ROTC Detachment in Philadelphia, and at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Colonel Church is currently assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters, the Pentagon, where he leads the Civil-Military Integration Team.  His personal decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.  As a midshipman John was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy’s nationally ranked lacrosse program.  As a junior officer, he was a member of the USMC All-Marine Rugby team on four occasions.  Colonel Church and his wife Mary Kay, a retired Marine major, are the proud parents of John Carl III (“JC”), Travis Joseph, Cathryn Harper and Claire Ripley (named in honor of Marine Corps legend Col. John Ripley USMC (Ret).  John is the son of Colonel and Mrs. John C. Church, Sr., USMC (Retired) of Mount Clemens, Michigan. 

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