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The LBJ School of Public Affairs Presents Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence David C. Gompert

Event Details

Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:15pm

The LBJ School of Public Affairs - SRH 3.122
2315 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78713

AUSTIN, Texas-- March 9, 2011-- The LBJ School of Public Affairs will present David C. Gompert, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, on March 21 at 12:15 p.m. in SRH 3.122 for an off-the-record conversation about relations between the United States and China.

Currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor for National Security Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy, Gompert was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the position of Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence on Nov. 10, 2009. Gompert is also a Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University.

David GompertFrom May to August, 2010, Mr. Gompert served as Acting Director of National Intelligence, in which capacity he provided strategic oversight of the U.S. Intelligence Community and acted as the President’s chief intelligence advisor.

Prior to his nomination by President Obama to help lead and reform the U.S. Intelligence Community, Mr. Gompert was a Senior Fellow at the RAND Corporation, from 2004 to 2009. Before that he was Distinguished Research Professor at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Gompert served as the Senior Advisor for National Security and Defense, Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq. He has also been on the faculty of the RAND Pardee Graduate School, the United States Naval Academy, and the National Defense University.

Mr. Gompert served as President of RAND Europe from 2000 to 2003, during which period he was on the RAND Europe Executive Board and the Chairman of RAND Europe-UK. He was Vice President of RAND and Director of the National Defense Research Institute from 1993 to 2000.

From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Gompert served as Special Assistant to President George H. W. Bush and Senior Director for Europe and Eurasia on the National Security Council staff. He has held a number of positions at the State Department, including Deputy to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (1982-83), Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs (1981-82), Deputy Director of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (1977-81), and Special Assistant to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (1973-75).

Mr. Gompert worked in the private sector from 1983-1990. At Unisys (1989-90), he was President of the Systems Management Group and Vice President for Strategic Planning and Corporate Development. At AT&T (1983-89), he was Vice President, Civil Sales and Programs, and Director of International Market Planning.

Mr. Gompert has published extensively on international affairs, national security policy, and information technology. His books include Underkill: Capabilities for Military Operations amid Populations; War by Other Means: Building Complete and Balanced Capabilities for Counterinsurgency; BattleWise: Achieving Time-Information Superiority in Networked Warfare; Nuclear Weapons and World Politics (ed.); America and Europe: A Partnership for a new Era (ed.); Right Makes Might: Freedom and Power in the Information Age; Mind the Gap: A Transatlantic Revolution in Military Affairs; and Shoulder to Shoulder: The Road to US-European Military Co-operability.

Mr. Gompert has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Executive Panel of the Chief of Naval Operations, Atlantik Brücke, and the Board of Trustees of Hopkins House. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the U. S. Naval Academy and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Alexandria, Virginia.