World Affairs Council of Orange County presents Philip J. Crowley
Former Special Assistant to President Clinton and Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
“Homeland Security: Has the US Defense Against Terrorism Been Compromised via Wiki-Leaks and Snowden?”
The terrorist attacks preceding the Sochi Winter Olympics along with recent sniper attack targeting the US power grid highlight the fact that world terrorism is not in a state of hibernation or repentance but rather active, engaged and continuing, albeit with decimated ranks. Have the cable leaks from confidential diplomatic sources along with the Snowden affair revealing the US spying apparatus compromised the US’ capabilities to stay one step ahead of the terrorists? Do these compromises in our security and surveillance systems jeopardize our safety and allow the terrorists to benefit from both our transparency and rogue agents? Please attend and listen to an expert P. J. Crowley, who as Special Assistant to US Presidents and as Assistant Secretary of State was forced to address these critical issues as a matter of US policy.
Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley is a Professor of Practice and Fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University.
P.J. appears frequently as a national security commentator on national and global television networks, including as a regular contributor to the BBC. He writes occasional opinion columns for the BBC and MSNBC. Recent opinion pieces have also been published in The Washington Post and The Guardian. Atlantic Magazine named him as one of 21 Brave Thinkers in 2011.
P.J. held the 2011-2012 Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, Dickinson College and the Army War College. In November 2012, he authored The Rise of Transparency and Decline of Secrecy in the Age of Global and Social Media for the Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs.
P.J. was nominated by President Obama as the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in 2009 and confirmed by the United States Senate. He served as the Assistant Secretary and Spokesman at the Department of State until March 2011. He was the primary U.S. government interlocutor with major media regarding the impact of the release of classified diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks.
Before joining the Obama administration, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, with a particular focus on homeland security in the aftermath of 9/11. He authored several national security studies, including Safe at Home, a detailed homeland security strategy to protect the American homeland, improve national preparedness and rebuild U.S. standing in the world. He remains engaged on these issues as a participant in the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group. He wrote Homeland Security and the Post-9/11 Era, published by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, in January 2013.
During the Clinton administration, P.J. was Special Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.
He spent 26 years in the Air Force, retiring at the rank of colonel in September 1999. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During the Kosovo conflict, he worked under Javier Solana, then Secretary General of NATO, helping to develop a strategic communication capability in support for the NATO campaign.
P.J. is a native of Massachusetts and graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. His spouse, Paula Kougeas, is also a retired Air Force colonel and now a teacher. They have two adult children and live in Alexandria, Virginia.
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Location: Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel
686 Anton Boulevard
Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626
Self Parking – Complimentary (included in price)
6:00 pm General Reception * 7:00 pm Dinner * 7:45 pm Program
Premium Members – 5:45 pm Private Wine Reception with Mr. Crowley
(Must RSVP to Private Reception to 949-253-5751 by March 7 to attend)
Members – $60 * Non-Members – $80 * Students – $45
Members – Program Only $10 (to arrive at 7:30)
(does not include dinner or parking)