Panel 3: The Art of Alternative Thinking

Diversity of thought is an important part of intelligence analysis and methodology. Alternative analysis and red cell tradecraft help decision makers consider a variety of perspectives while balancing multiple possibilities with the need for timeliness. This panel will explore the thought process behind assessing, analyzing, and incorporating new information illustrate the bigger picture, helping define what supports decision advantage and ensures the unfair fight.

  Richard Girven     Mr. Rich Girven is a senior defense research analyst, associate director of the Intelligence Policy Center, and International Market Manager for the National Security Research Division. He comes to RAND from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he served as the Director of Analysis. A former career Army Foreign Area Officer focusing principally on South Asia, he served as a senior South Asia analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency and on Army Staff, as the Assistant Defense Intelligence Officer for Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism, and as Chief of the Army’s Foreign Language Office. Prior to that, Girven served as the Defense and Army Attaché/Security Assistance Officer to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and deployed during operations to serve as the temporary assistant Army Attaché in Islamabad and Defense and Army Attaché in Kabul. More recently he served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Afghanistan Intelligence Cell and Chief of the South Asia Division. Girven holds a Master of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, a Master in Military Arts and Sciences in Strategic Studies from the US Army CGSC, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the U.S. Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Richard Girven

Mr. Rich Girven is a senior defense research analyst, associate director of the Intelligence Policy Center, and International Market Manager for the National Security Research Division. He comes to RAND from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he served as the Director of Analysis. A former career Army Foreign Area Officer focusing principally on South Asia, he served as a senior South Asia analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency and on Army Staff, as the Assistant Defense Intelligence Officer for Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism, and as Chief of the Army’s Foreign Language Office. Prior to that, Girven served as the Defense and Army Attaché/Security Assistance Officer to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and deployed during operations to serve as the temporary assistant Army Attaché in Islamabad and Defense and Army Attaché in Kabul. More recently he served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Afghanistan Intelligence Cell and Chief of the South Asia Division. Girven holds a Master of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, a Master in Military Arts and Sciences in Strategic Studies from the US Army CGSC, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the U.S. Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

  Susan Kalweit     Ms. Susan Kalweit is the Director of the Analysis Directorate at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). As the Director of Analysis, she is responsible for leading NGA’s geospatial intelligence analytic capabilities and resources as well as modernizing NGA’s analytic efforts toward the future, consistent with the NGA Strategy.  Before joining NGA, Ms. Kalweit was a senior business manager at Booz Allen Hamilton, serving clients in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, and commercial sectors. At Booz Allen, Ms. Kalweit led the Global4Sight™ business area, providing open source and social media analytics services to multiple clients. She was responsible for staffing, client delivery, and continuous technology innovation for the Global4Sight™ platform, tools, and technologies. During the 12 years Ms. Kalweit was with Booz Allen, she also performed as a geospatial capability leader and business manager for more than 100 staff, providing analytic services to the intelligence community.  Ms. Kalweit was also a member of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Academic Advisory Committee and the Penn State University Master of GIS Program Advisory Board. Among her achievements with the USGIF was the establishment of the USGIF accreditation program for geospatial intelligence certificate programs offered by post-secondary institutions. Ms. Kalweit also instructs a post-baccalaureate course at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County entitled, Professional Seminar in Geospatial Intelligence.  Prior to her employment at Booz Allen, Ms. Kalweit enjoyed a 17-year career with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and its predecessor organizations where she was recognized for her outstanding achievements with the NIMA Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Distinguished Civilian Service Award. Her roles at NGA included Deputy Chief for the Homeland Security mission, Director of the Prototyping Facility, Program Manager for Research and Development, and early on, she worked as an imagery analyst. Ms. Kalweit entered the Executive Service in 2016.  Ms. Kalweit earned a A.B.B.A. in political science and German from Duke University, a M.S. in information management systems from Marymount University, and a M.S. from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University. In August 2017, Ms. Kalweit was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education.

Susan Kalweit

Ms. Susan Kalweit is the Director of the Analysis Directorate at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). As the Director of Analysis, she is responsible for leading NGA’s geospatial intelligence analytic capabilities and resources as well as modernizing NGA’s analytic efforts toward the future, consistent with the NGA Strategy.

Before joining NGA, Ms. Kalweit was a senior business manager at Booz Allen Hamilton, serving clients in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, and commercial sectors. At Booz Allen, Ms. Kalweit led the Global4Sight™ business area, providing open source and social media analytics services to multiple clients. She was responsible for staffing, client delivery, and continuous technology innovation for the Global4Sight™ platform, tools, and technologies. During the 12 years Ms. Kalweit was with Booz Allen, she also performed as a geospatial capability leader and business manager for more than 100 staff, providing analytic services to the intelligence community.

Ms. Kalweit was also a member of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Academic Advisory Committee and the Penn State University Master of GIS Program Advisory Board. Among her achievements with the USGIF was the establishment of the USGIF accreditation program for geospatial intelligence certificate programs offered by post-secondary institutions. Ms. Kalweit also instructs a post-baccalaureate course at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County entitled, Professional Seminar in Geospatial Intelligence.

Prior to her employment at Booz Allen, Ms. Kalweit enjoyed a 17-year career with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and its predecessor organizations where she was recognized for her outstanding achievements with the NIMA Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Distinguished Civilian Service Award. Her roles at NGA included Deputy Chief for the Homeland Security mission, Director of the Prototyping Facility, Program Manager for Research and Development, and early on, she worked as an imagery analyst. Ms. Kalweit entered the Executive Service in 2016.

Ms. Kalweit earned a A.B.B.A. in political science and German from Duke University, a M.S. in information management systems from Marymount University, and a M.S. from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University. In August 2017, Ms. Kalweit was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education.

  Anne Neuberger     Ms. Anne Neuberger serves as the Director, National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Commercial Solutions Center (NCSC) – NSA/CSS interface with commercial industry. The Center was created in 2005 to leverage commercial relationships and to work with foreign, Intelligence Community, and Department of Defense partners to address the strategic and sensitive needs of NSA/CSS and the national security community.

Anne Neuberger

Ms. Anne Neuberger serves as the Director, National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Commercial Solutions Center (NCSC) – NSA/CSS interface with commercial industry. The Center was created in 2005 to leverage commercial relationships and to work with foreign, Intelligence Community, and Department of Defense partners to address the strategic and sensitive needs of NSA/CSS and the national security community.

 
  Ned Price   Mr. Ned Price served as a Special Assistant to President Barack Obama on the National Security Council staff, where he also was the Spokesperson and Senior Director for Strategic Communications. Prior to serving at the White House, Ned was at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was a senior analyst, Spokesperson, and PDB briefer. He currently directs Policy and Communications at National Security Action, is an NBC News analyst and contributor, and teaches at Georgetown University. He holds degrees from Georgetown and Harvard.

Ned Price

Mr. Ned Price served as a Special Assistant to President Barack Obama on the National Security Council staff, where he also was the Spokesperson and Senior Director for Strategic Communications. Prior to serving at the White House, Ned was at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was a senior analyst, Spokesperson, and PDB briefer. He currently directs Policy and Communications at National Security Action, is an NBC News analyst and contributor, and teaches at Georgetown University. He holds degrees from Georgetown and Harvard.

  Dina Temple-Raston (Moderator)   Ms. Temple-Raston was NPR’s counterterrorism correspondent for a decade and is now working on a technology project for the network. She is also executive producer and host of the independent podcast “What Were You Thinking,” which looks at adolescent decision-making and how the developing brain may influence choices. The Washington Post called it "the podcast every parent needs to hear.” It is available on iTunes. She is now working on a book about adolescent decision-making. She is also the author of four other works of non-fiction including  The Jihad Next Door: Rough Justice in the Age of Terror  (Public Affairs, 2007), which looks at radicalization in America.

Dina Temple-Raston (Moderator)

Ms. Temple-Raston was NPR’s counterterrorism correspondent for a decade and is now working on a technology project for the network. She is also executive producer and host of the independent podcast “What Were You Thinking,” which looks at adolescent decision-making and how the developing brain may influence choices. The Washington Post called it "the podcast every parent needs to hear.” It is available on iTunes. She is now working on a book about adolescent decision-making. She is also the author of four other works of non-fiction including The Jihad Next Door: Rough Justice in the Age of Terror (Public Affairs, 2007), which looks at radicalization in America.

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