“Afghanistan and Beyond” – Annual National Security Fellows Conference at UNC-Chapel Hill

The UNC-TISS National Security Fellows Program will host its annual symposium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 18, 2013.

This event is free and open to the public. Due to the nature of this event planners will not reserve a parking lot for event attendees. Guests attending Part 1 of the event are encouraged to arrive early to park in public parking lots located in downtown Chapel Hill. Audience members planning to attend only the larger panel discussion (Part 2) should be able to find parking in other lots on the UNC campus, most of  which are open to the public after 5:00 pm.

All portions of the symposium will be held at the UNC FedEx Global Education Center (GEC). Directions to the GEC can be found here.

The symposium will consist of two parts:

  1. Presentation of U.S. Army War College Fellows’ Final Research Project
    3:00 – 5:00 pm | The UNC FedEx Global Education Center, room 4003

    1. COL Bob Agans: “Swords and Plowshares–Modification of the Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions (MFOM) to Augment U.S. Government Requirements”
    2. COL Michael Bineham: “Special Operations Commemoration: A Study of Monuments, Memory, and Memorialization Practices of Elite Organizations”
    3. COL Bo Clayton: “Implementing Research in Mass Communication, Advertising, and Marketing at the Strategic and Operational Levels of War”
    4. COL Thomas Drew: “Egypt and the Arab Spring: What are the Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy”
    5. COL Alan Shumate: “Employing U.S. Army Special Forces to Defeat America’s Emerging Threats”
    6. LTC/P M. Dean Franks: “Institutionalizing Interdependence: U.S. Army Special Operations Forces / Conventional Forces, ‘No Turning Back’ “
  2. “Afghanistan and Beyond” – a Panel Discussion (Full biographies below)
    7:00 – 9:00 pm | The UNC FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

    1. LTG (R) David Barno, Senior Adviser and Senior Fellow at The Center for a New American Security
    2. Frank Ruggiero, Acting Vice President for Federal Relations at BAE Systems (former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM) and former acting Special Representative to Afghanistan & Pakistan for the U.S. State Department)
    3. [Invited] BG Michael Kurilla, Assistant Commander for Support, Joint Special Operations Command

The UNC-TISS National Security Fellows Program was established in 2010 to provide U.S. Army Soldiers from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) a senior-service school equivalent civilian Fellowship through the U.S. Army War College. Additional Information on the Program can be found here: http://nsfp.web.unc.edu/. This conference is a capstone to the Fellowship program and to their time here at the University of North Carolina.

For additional information on the conference, please contact Jennifer Boyle (jennifer.boyle@duke.edu) or (919) 613-9301.


UNC-TISS Fellows


LTG (USA, R) David Barno (Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security)

LTG (USA, R) David Barno (Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security)

Lieutenant General David W. Barno, USA (Ret.)

General Barno, a highly decorated military officer with over 30 years of service, has served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States and around the world, to include command at every level. He served many of his early years in special operations forces with Army Ranger battalions, to include combat in both the Grenada and Panama invasions. In 2003, he was selected to establish a new three-star operational headquarters in Afghanistan and take command of the 20,000 U.S. and Coalition Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom. For 19 months in this position, he was responsible for the overall military leadership of this complex political-military mission, devising a highly innovative counterinsurgency strategy in close partnership with the U.S. embassy and coalition allies. His responsibilities included regional military efforts with neighboring nations and involved close coordination with the Government of Afghanistan, the United Nations, NATO International Security Assistance Force, the U.S. Department of State and USAID, and the senior military leaders of many surrounding nations and numerous allies.

From 2006-2010, General Barno served as the Director of the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. Concurrently, he was the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans and Families from 2007-2009. He frequently serves as an expert consultant on counterinsurgency and irregular warfare, professional military education and the changing character of conflict, supporting a wide-range of government and other organizations. General Barno is widely published and has testified before Congress numerous times. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, General Barno also earned his master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. General Barno has received numerous awards for his military and public service.


Mr. Frank Ruggiero, former U.S. Senior Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (July 2010-June 2012)

Mr. Frank Ruggiero, former U.S. Senior Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (July 2010-June 2012)

Frank J. Ruggiero

Frank Ruggiero is the  Senior Vice President, Government Relations for BAE Systems, Inc. He is responsible for all legislative affairs and government relations associated with BAE Systems, Inc. and its businesses, which collectively employ approximately 40,100 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, and South Africa and generated 2012 revenues of $12.75 Billion.

Concurrently, Mr. Ruggiero is the Vice President for International Government Relations at BAE Systems, Inc. Frank supports the entire company covering foreign military sales and direct commercial sales through engagement with the U.S. government and foreign embassies, export control issues, and coordination of offset package development, among other duties.

Frank previously was the U.S. Senior Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan from July 2010-June 2012. From June 2009-July 2010, he was the senior U.S. Civilian Representative for Southern Afghanistan, where he led the civilian efforts in concert with the surge of U.S. military forces into Afghanistan. Mr. Ruggiero was acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs from January – June 2009 and from 2006-2008 served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense Trade and Regional Security, with special emphasis on international military sales. Frank has worked in diplomatic and government policy roles for 18 years. Prior to that, Frank was a foreign policy and defense adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served in the Ohio Army National Guard for six years.

Frank holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State University and a master’s in international affairs from American University, and is a doctoral candidate in U.S. foreign policy at the University of Virginia.

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