National Security Threats and Opportunities – Why Friends and Allies Matter
David Shedd, National Defense Intelligence Agency
May 4, 2018
The complexity of our national security challenges continues to grow in a world that is multilateral. The threats we face are evolving at a rapid pace and America’s ability to get ahead of the rapidly changing international environment and how the U.S. responds matters not only in how we protect the homeland, but it matters to our friends and allies around the globe. There are myriad opportunities to improve our intelligence and security cooperation with close neighbors such as Mexico and more broadly Latin America, while we continue to face significant national security challenges in the Middle East, North Korea, Iran, Russia and China as well as from transnational threats such as terrorism and cyber-attacks. In this talk, Mr. Shedd will discuss the importance of intelligence in addressing both the threats and opportunities for US national security.
David Shedd served in the U.S. government Department of Defense for nearly 33 years. Prior to retiring in 2015, he was named the Acting Director of the National Defense Intelligence Agency following four years of service as Deputy Director. Until January 2015, he led the Defense Intelligence Enterprise workforce comprised of more than 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide. He now works as an independent national security consultant, serves on several corporate Boards, and is actively supporting several Missions/NGOs such as Justice & Mercy International and Samaritan’s Purse.
Supported by Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, Sandia National Labs
and County Commissioner Wayne Johnson