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Is the IC Staying Ahead of the Digital Curve? 

Join us on August 25 from 3:00-3:45 pm ET for a special edition of Wednesday Wisdom with Former DIA Director LTG Robert P. Ashley, Jr., USA (Ret.), moderating a discussion with DIA's Elizabeth Leyne and Yvette Nonté, former National Security Fellows at Harvard’s Kennedy School and authors of a provocative new white paper “Is the Intelligence Community Staying Ahead of the Digital Curve?”

Through in-depth interviews with dozens of high-ranking national security leaders, Leyne and Nonté found that the IC must radically transform multiple aspects of its business to successfully accelerate through the digital curve and to continue to remain relevant. In this 45-minute conversation with LTG Ashley, they will discuss top takeaways and key findings from their paper and share recommendations to help guide the IC's digital transformation.  A copy of the report will be shared with all attendees. 

About the Speakers

About Elizabeth Leyne
Ms. Elizabeth Leyne was a National Security Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School in 2019-2020.  She has served in key leadership positions for over 14 years at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).  She is currently the Chief of Analysis for Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula.  Liz was previously the President’s Daily Briefer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She has also led multiple regional and counterterrorism analytic teams in Washington, D.C. and Iraq and was a counterterrorism advisor in Afghanistan.  Prior to DIA, Liz consulted for the United Nations in New York and South Africa, worked at technology firms in Cambridge, MA, and NYC, and was a Fulbright researcher in Jordan for a year. Liz has a BA in History and Political Science from Villanova University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

About Yvette Nonté
Ms. Yvette Nonté was a National Security Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School in 2019-2020.  She is currently the National Defense Strategy Integrator at the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, Warfighter Support. Previously, she served as Chief, Cyber and DoD Infrastructure Threats, Defense Intelligence Agency and Chief of Executive Visits, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs. Yvette joined the DIA after a 27-year career as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Colonel.  Notable assignments included commanding the 310th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade, Director of Intelligence, Multi-national Security and Transition Command, Baghdad, Iraq, Assistant J2, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Chief of Staff, Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force. Yvette holds a BA in music from Illinois State University, a MS in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University, and a MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College.

About the Moderator

About Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr., USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr. retired from the U.S. Army November 2020 after over 36 years of activity duty service as an intelligence officer.   He assumed his last duty position on 3 October 2017 when he became the 21st Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He formerly served as the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff for all aspects of intelligence, counterintelligence and security. He has commanded at the company, battalion, squadron, and brigade levels with six combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a squadron, brigade commander, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (J-2).  Other key assignments include the Director of Intelligence, United States Army Joint Special Operations Command; the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force and Director of Intelligence, United States Forces, Afghanistan; and Commanding General and Commandant United States Army Intelligence Center and School Fort Huachuca, AZ. Lieutenant General Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (formerly known as the Defense Intelligence College) and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.  Lieutenant General Ashley is the CEO of Ashley Global Leadership and Security (LLC).

 

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Aug 25, 2021 15:00
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Aug 25, 2021 15:45
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