A former career covert CIA operations officer, Valerie Plame worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons. During her career with the CIA, Valerie managed top-secret covert programs designed to keep terrorists and rogue nation states from acquiring nuclear weapons.
This involved decision making at senior levels, recruiting foreign assets, deploying resources around the world, managing multi-million dollar budgets, briefing US policy-makers, and demonstrating consistently solid judgment in a field where mistakes could prove disastrous to national security. She was also involved in covert cyber operations and counterterrorism efforts in Europe and the Middle East.
Valerie sits on the boards of Global Data Sentinel, a cyber security company that safeguards digital data streaming and extends that protection to email and attachments, and Starling Trust, a predictive behavioral analytics company that interprets and forecasts behavioral trends. She serves on the nonprofit boards of Global Zero, the United Way of Santa Fe County, and Postpartum Support International. Valerie is affiliated with the Santa Fe Institute.
Valerie is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which was released as a major motion picture of the same name starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. Along with Sarah Lovett, she has published the well-received fictional spy thrillers Blowback and Burned. Valerie served as the narrator and appeared as an expert in the film Countdown to Zero, a documentary on the threat of nuclear war.
A graduate of Penn State, Valerie holds graduate degrees in International Relations from the London School of Economics and the College of Europe.
Glenn Carle was a career CIA Operations Officer, serving on four continents in a 23 year career, from 1985-2007. His last position was as Acting, then Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats, on the National Intelligence Council, the nation's most senior position for strategic terrorism and transnational intelligence assessments, reporting directly to the President. Mr. Carle worked extensively on terrorism, European issues, Balkan issues, notably Kosovo and Yugoslavia, the Sandinista-Contra War, and Cold War issues in Europe. Mr. Carle served for several years on detail to the Executive Office of the President, focusing on economic and trade issues.
Mr. Carle is the author of The Interrogator, which details his involvement in and opposition to the Enhanced Interrogation Program during the “War on Terror,” and having led for several months the interrogation of one of the top members of al-Qa'ida. The Interrogator has been called "the best and most truthful firsthand account of life inside the CIA ever published."
Mr. Carle has spoken around the world about “enhanced interrogation,” leadership and ethics, the “War on Terror,” and issues of national security. He has appeared frequently on major networks such as CNN, the PBS Newshour, NPR, the BBC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CBC, Fox, ABC, and ABC Australia, and has been profiled in numerous magazines, newspapers, and programs, such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The London Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Bethesda Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Zealand Herald, Spiegel, and many others.
Mr. Carle holds a BA in Government from Harvard, a Masters in European Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), has done additional masters study in International Relations at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, and received a Certificat d'études pratiques, in French Civilization, from the Université de Grenoble.
He has taught at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, served as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and now teaches courses on intelligence and national security at Boston College.
Bruce Held served as Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy as well as Acting Undersecretary of Energy for Nuclear Security during 2013-2014 with oversight responsibility for America’s nuclear weapons complex, including Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.
During 2010-2012, he was the Director of DOE’s Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. In that capacity, he led all intelligence and counterintelligence activities at DOE and the DOE-owned national laboratories, including over thirty intelligence and counterintelligence offices nationwide, and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Prior to the Energy Department, Bruce served three decades as a CIA clandestine operations officer, including tours as a CIA Chief of Station in Asia, Latin America, and Africa as well as Special Assistant to CIA Director George Tenet. He received the CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal for “tenacity and extraordinary accomplishments during a period of hostilities.”
Bruce is the author of “A Spy’s Guide to the Kennedy Assassination” as well as “A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque”.
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is the Director of the Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center, Harvard University. Prior to assuming this position, he spent five years in the Middle East living in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Prior to the past decade serving as a Senior Fellow and Director at Harvard University, Rolf served over three years as the Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Rolf served for 23 years as a CIA intelligence officer in various domestic and international posts, to include Chief of the Europe Division in the Directorate of Operations, Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Department, Counterterrorist Center, and Deputy Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support.
Prior to his career in intelligence, Mr. Mowatt-Larssen served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
Mr. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen
Mr. Lawler serves as a national security consultant and is the Senior Partner at MDO Group, which provides HUMINT training to the Intelligence Community focused on WMD, CI, technical and cyber issues. Mr. Lawler has been the Lead Instructor and Supervisor of these training courses since 2007. He is a noted speaker on the Insider Threat in government and industry. Prior to this, Mr. Lawler served for 25 years as a CIA intelligence officer in various international posts and as Chief of the Counterproliferation Division's Special Activities Unit. His overseas assignments include Bern (1982-1985), Paris (1985-1989), Oslo (1989-1991), and Zurich (1991-1994).
Mr. Lawler was a member of CIA's Senior Intelligence Service (SIS-3) from 1998 until his retirement in 2005. He spent well over half of his CIA career battling the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. As Chief of the A.Q. Khan Nuclear Takedown Team, Mr. Lawler was the recipient of one of the CIA's Trailblazer Awards in 2007, marking the 60th anniversary of CIA. He also received the Director's Award from DCI George Tenet, the U.S. Intelligence Community's HUMINT Collector of the Year Award, and the Donovan Award from the CIA's Deputy Director of Operations.
Prior to his career in intelligence, Mr. Lawler practiced law and was the president of a steel components company in Texas. He is a graduate of Rice University, Houston, Texas; and the University of Texas School of Law. He is married to Ellen and has three children and seven grandsons. He has completed his first novel, “Living Lies,” a story of the Iranian nuclear weapons program, which the CIA’s Publication Review Board has cleared for publication, and has just completed his second novel, “In the Twinkling of an Eye,” about espionage and a devastating Russian-North Korean genetic bioweapon.
James C. Lawler
The Honorable Mary Beth Long is co-founder and principal of GlobalAlliance Advisors, LLC, an international business consulting firm. She is also founder of M B Long & Associates, PLLC, an international legal and advisory firm. From 2007-2009, Ms. Long served as the first woman confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense For International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as Chair of NATO’s High Level Group (HLG), responsible for NATO’s nuclear policy. In her defense department roles, she also acted as Principal Deputy Secretary of Defense on the Middle East, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Asia, and Southeast Asia; and was the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Counter Narcoterrorism with a budget of over $1 billion. To those credentials, she adds more than a decade of Central Intelligence Agency operational experience (1986–99) on terrorism and other security issues.
After leaving government, Ms. Long founded Metis Solutions LLC. Under her tenure as CEO, the company was recognized in Inc. Magazine’s List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and was featured in Forbes magazine’s Women Business Leaders. Ms.Long advises several Fortune 50 companies on international defense markets. From 2013-2016, she served as a Senior Subject Matter Expert for the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO as well as a Senior International Advisor to the Minister of Defense of Colombia.
Ms. Long has advised several Presidential candidates and appears regularly on Fox News, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera English and NPR on Middle East issues and the Intelligence Community. She is a licensed lawyer and, from 1999 until 2004, was an associate specializing in civil litigation matters at Williams & Connolly LLP.
Ms. Long is a member of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid Members appointed by USAID and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Defense and Aerospace Export Council on conventional arms transfer policy and unmanned aerial systems policy. She also serves on the advisory board for MAG Aerospace and as a Cipher Brief expert. Long is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S.-UAE Business Council and serves as an advisor to GlobalEyes and Fluet Huber + Hoang PLLC (FH+H) Law Service. Ms. Long travels regularly to the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and Afghanistan and has offices in Abu Dhabi and Washington, DC. She is an Honors Graduate of Pennsylvania State University, magna cum laude, and in 2016, Ms. Long received the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University’s highest honor presented to its alumni. She received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University of Law.