2023 Cocktails & Codebreakers ~ Special Guest Speakers
2023 Special Guest Speakers
The Honorable Ronald S. Moultrie
The Honorable Ronald S. Moultrie was sworn in as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security (USDI&S) on June 1, 2021. In this role, he is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on intelligence, counterintelligence, and security matters.
Mr. Moultrie exercises authority, direction, and control on behalf of the Secretary of Defense over all intelligence and security organizations within the Department of Defense (DoD), including the National Security Agency (NSA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and the intelligence components of the combatant commands and military services. He is also dual-hatted as the Director of Defense Intelligence in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and reports to the DNI in this capacity.
Prior to becoming Under Secretary of Defense(I&S), Mr. Moultrie’s 36+ year career included serving in Senior Leadership positions throughout the DoD and the National Intelligence Community (NIC). He retired from the DoD in 2015, as NSA’s Director of Operations.
Mr. Moultrie’s previous NIC roles included his service as a senior member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) responsible for a major office within the Directorate of Science & Technology (DS&T) and as a Senior Executive Officer serving the DNI. He later rejoined NSA as a Senior Executive, where he remained until retirement.
More recently, Mr. Moultrie was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, playing an instrumental role in the Department of the Navy (DON) Comprehensive Cybersecurity Review. He subsequently led the crafting of a digital roadmap to better optimize the Department’s focus on cybersecurity, data analytics and infrastructure, and emerging technologies such as AI/Machine Learning, 5 and 6G, and Quantum computing.
Mr. Moultrie is the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award, two Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Awards, the DNI Seal Medallion, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA Donovan Award, the NRO Gold Medal, and is a three-time recipient of NSA’s highest award - the Exceptional Civilian Service Award. While on active duty, Mr. Moultrie received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) and U.S. Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (MSM).
Mr. Moultrie holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in Business Management from the University of Maryland, a Russian Language degree from the Defense Language Institute at Monterey, and completed Senior Executive studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Moultrie is married and lives in Maryland.
GEN Paul M. Nakasone
General Paul M. Nakasone assumed his present duties as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service in May 2018.
He previously commanded U.S. Army Cyber Command from October 2016 - April 2018.
A native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, GEN Nakasone is a graduate of Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he received his commission through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
GEN Nakasone has held command and staff positions across all levels of the Army with assignments in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
GEN Nakasone commanded the Cyber National Mission Force at U.S. Cyber Command. He has also commanded a company, battalion, and brigade, and served as the senior intelligence officer at the battalion, division and corps levels.
GEN Nakasone has served in Joint and Army assignments in the United States, the Republic of Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His most recent overseas posting was as the Director of Intelligence, J2, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan.
GEN Nakasone has also served on two occasions as a staff officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
GEN Nakasone is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, and Defense Intelligence College. He holds graduate degrees from the U.S. Army War College, the National Defense Intelligence College, and the University of Southern California.
GEN Nakasone's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Defense Superior Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Combat Action Badge, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.
GEN Nakasone and his wife are the proud parents of four children, who form the nucleus of “Team Nakasone.”
2023 Fireside Chat Moderator - Mr. Greg Myre
Mr. Greg Myre is a national security correspondent with a focus on the intelligence community, a position that follows his many years as a foreign correspondent covering conflicts around the globe.
He was previously the international editor for NPR.org, working closely with NPR correspondents abroad and national security reporters in Washington. He remains a frequent contributor to the NPR website on global affairs. He also worked as a senior editor at Morning Edition from 2008-2011. Before joining NPR, Myre was a foreign correspondent for 20 years with The New York Times and The Associated Press.
He was first posted to South Africa in 1987, where he witnessed Nelson Mandela's release from prison and reported on the final years of apartheid. He was assigned to Pakistan in 1993 and often traveled to war-torn Afghanistan. He was one of the first reporters to interview members of an obscure new group calling itself the Taliban.
Myre was also posted to Cyprus and worked throughout the Middle East, including extended trips to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. He went to Moscow from 1996-1999, covering the early days of Vladimir Putin as Russia's leader.
He was based in Jerusalem from 2000-2007, reporting on the heaviest fighting ever between Israelis and the Palestinians. In his years abroad, he traveled to more than 50 countries and reported on a dozen wars. He and his journalist wife Jennifer Griffin co-wrote a 2011 book on their time in Jerusalem, entitled, This Burning Land: Lessons from the Front Lines of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Myre is a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington and has appeared as an analyst on CNN, PBS, BBC, C-SPAN, Fox, Al Jazeera and other networks. He's a graduate of Yale University, where he played football and basketball.