In a message to the membership, INSA President Chuck Alsup announced his decision to retire after nine years of service to the organization:
“First and foremost, my thanks to each of you for the important part you play in contributing to the security and safety of our nation, your community, and your family and friends. I sincerely hope you have been able to find time out of your busy schedules to enjoy some time off this summer.
When I retired from the Army almost 20 years ago, I told myself that I would work for 10 more years before really “retiring.” That became 11 years in federal service, at the end of which came a wonderful opportunity to work at INSA, which at the time I thought would be for another 2-3 years. Not exactly!
As the phrase goes, “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven,” and so now I know it is time for my nine-year tenure here at INSA to come to an end later this year. Although bittersweet, I want to do what is right for this wonderful organization that I love so much. A process to select a new president of INSA will commence soon, and I assure you that I am committed to a seamless transition to the new leadership.
I am grateful to our Chairman, Tish Long, and INSA’s Board of Directors, past and present, for providing me with the opportunity to lead both INSA and INSF, its associated foundation. Additionally, I am indebted to each of you, INSA’s public, private and academic members for your selfless contributions of time and expertise to the incredible work we do, which has had such significant impact on the intelligence and national security communities. And lastly, I am so humbled to have been given the opportunity to work with INSA’s staff and amazing interns, past and present, who I have witnessed working together diligently over the years to make this such a strong organization that “punches above its weight” to produce exceptional events and credible thought leadership of which we can all be proud.
I have been fortunate to have held several rewarding roles during my 50 plus year career, from my service to our great nation in the Army, the Senate Armed Services Committee, ODNI and here at INSA. I must say, my time at INSA has been one of the true highlights. INSA’s membership and staff clearly are what makes INSA unique and – I believe – an unparalleled organization supporting the intelligence and national security communities today.
I will still be around for a while and I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. As for my next steps, I’m “re-inventing” rather than retiring and taking time to do some things I have not always had time to do. I plan to take full advantage of this time, both professionally and personally, while continuing my valued friendships with so many of you. So, this is not farewell. I plan to stay engaged through a variety of means and helping where I can. Count on it! This is my heartfelt thanks to you for the trust you invested in me.”
The Board of Directors will establish a search committee to begin the process of finding a successor. More details will be made available in the weeks ahead.