Rescheduled event: Former Obama administration intelligence official to speak on Iraq
Monday, March 2, 2015
David Gompert, a former principal deputy director of national intelligence, will visit Virginia Commonwealth University to deliver a lecture on Iraq.
Gompert, who is now a distinguished visiting professor for national security studies at the U.S. Naval Academy and an adjunct senior fellow at the RAND Corporation, will give a talk titled "Is Iraq Lost? If So, Who Lost It?" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, in Academic Learning Commons, room 2104.
From 2003 to 2004, Gompert was senior adviser for national security and defense for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
The lecture is part of the Global and Human Security Speaker Series of the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences. It will be free and open to the public.
As principal deputy director of national intelligence from 2009 to 2010, Gompert was the second-highest ranking official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He also served as acting director of national intelligence in 2010, a post in which he was chief intelligence adviser to President Barack Obama.
Prior to serving as principal deputy director of national intelligence, he was a senior fellow at the RAND Corp. from 2009 to 2010. Before that, he was a distinguished research professor at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at National Defense University.
He also served as president of RAND Europe from 2000 to 2003 and as vice president of RAND and director of the National Defense Research Institute from 1993 to 2000.
Gompert has written extensively about international affairs, national security and information technology. He has a bachelor's degree in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master's degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Note: This is a new date and location, as the previous event was canceled because of snow.