Off-the-Record with Michael Morell, Acting CIA Director (ret.)

February 9th: Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency joined alumni of PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) for a discussion on America’s critical national security and foreign policy challenges ahead.

This was be an off-the-record event for alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program (CPP).

Michael Morell, the recently retired Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is one of the country’s most prominent national security professionals, with extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy. He has been at the center of our nation’s fight against terrorism, its work to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and its efforts to respond to trends that are altering the international landscape—including the Arab Spring, the rise of China, and the cyber threat.

During his 33-year career at CIA, Michael served as deputy director for over three years, a job in which he managed the Agency’s day-to-day operations, represented the Agency at the White House and Congress, and maintained the Agency’s relationships with intelligence services and foreign leaders around the world. Michael also served twice as Acting Director, leading CIA when Leon Panetta was named Secretary of Defense and again after David Petraeus left government.

Michael’s senior assignments at CIA also included serving for two years as the Director of Intelligence, the Agency’s chief analyst, and for two years as Executive Director, the CIA’s top administrator—managing human resources, the budget, security, and information technology for an agency the size of a Fortune 200 firm.

Michael has been a witness to history on multiple occasions. He is the only person who was both with President Bush on September 11th, when al-Qaida burst into the American consciousness, and with President Obama on May 1st, when Bin Laden was brought to justice. Michael played a major role in the Bin Laden operation.

Michael is known inside CIA for his leadership. He inspired individuals and work units to perform beyond expectations. He mentored most of the Agency’s current senior leadership team, including a significant number of women and minorities. When he departed CIA, thousands of officers wrote Michael notes of thanks.

Michael is the recipient of many awards. He received a Presidential Rank Award for exceptional performance. He also received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, CIA’s highest honor, for his role in the Bin Ladin operation. Michael is also the recipient of the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and the Department of Defense Service Medal.

Today, Michael is involved in a wide-range of activities. He is a speaker at private events, a consultant to private-sector entities, and an occasional media commentator regarding national security issues. He is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Counselor at Beacon Global Strategies, a national security consulting firm in Washington D.C.

Michael is a native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and he maintains close ties to northeast Ohio. His father and mother—who taught him hard work, the pursuit of excellence, and humility—were an autoworker and a homemaker. Michael is a first-generation college student, earning a B.A. summa cum laude in economics from the University of Akron. He also earned an M.A. in economics from Georgetown University.

Michael is married to Mary Beth Manion. He has three children, Sarah, Luke, and Peter. Michael enjoys playing golf and tennis, watching sports, reading, and traveling. Michael is involved with charities associated with supporting the families of fallen soldiers and intelligence officers.

CPP Alumni Dinner with Dr. Norman Ornstein

Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic and is an election eve analyst for BBC News. He served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Mr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (AEI Press, 2000); The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006, named by the Washington Post one of the best books of 2006 and called by The Economist “a classic”); and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann, published in May 2012 by Basic Books. It was named as one of 2012’s best books on pollitics by The New Yorker and one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post.


Contributing Editor and Columnist, National Journal and The Atlantic, 2013-present

Election Analyst, BBC News, 2012-present

Codirector, Project to Examine Alternatives to the Independent Counsel Statute, 1999-present

Member, Board of Contributors, USA Today, 1997-present

Founder and Director, Campaign Finance Reform Working Group, 1996-present

Columnist, “Congress Inside Out,” Roll Call, 1993-2012

Senior Adviser, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 1987-present Election Analyst, CBS News, 1982-2012

Codirector, AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project, 2005-2011

Senior Counselor, AEI-Brookings Continuity of Government Commission, 2002-2011

Director, Transition to Governing Project, 2000-2003

Member, Commission on the Future International Financial Architecture, Council on Foreign Relations, 2000

Cochair, President’s Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters, 1997-98

Codirector, Renewing Congress Project, 1992-96

Commentator and Pollster, Political Coverage, Comedy Central, 1992, 1996

Member, National Commission on Public Service Board, 1987-90

Faculty, Catholic University of America and Johns Hopkins University, 1971-84

Series Editor and Cohost, “Congress: We the People,” PBS, 1977-78


Ph.D., M.A., political science, University of Michigan

B.A., University of Minnesota

Former Senator Jon Kyl Private Event

Senator Jon Kyl, who left Congress in January 2013 as the second-highest ranking Republican senator, advises companies on domestic and international policies that influence US and multi-national businesses. He assists corporate clients on tax, health care, defense, national security and intellectual property matters.

During Senator Kyl’s 26 years in Congress, he built a reputation for mastering the complexities of legislative policy and coalition building, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. In 2010, Time magazine called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, noting his “encyclopedic knowledge of domestic and foreign policy, and his hard work and leadership” and his “power to persuade.”

Senator Kyl sat on the powerful Senate Finance Committee where he was the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Taxation and Internal Revenue Service Oversight. The senator also served as the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. A member of the Republican Leadership for well over a decade, Senator Kyl chaired the Senate Republican Policy Committee and the Senate Republican Conference, before becoming Senate Republican Whip.

CPP Alumni Dinner w/ IAEA Deputy Director General Janice Dunn Lee

DEC 4 – In recent years, leading nations have begun to focus efforts on the global nuclear governance agenda. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responsible for assisting in the development and practical application of atomic energy for peaceful purposes and serving as the international watchdog monitoring nuclear programs to warn of any changes towards weapons development. As the P5+1 talks continue with Iran on the limitations of their nuclear pursuits and intentions, IAEA serves the purpose of tracking the country’s program. IAEA and Iran have engaged in constructive technical discussions that have led to a collaborative statement promising continued dialogue and the peaceful intentions of Iran’s nuclear programme. Dialogue between the two has made it possible for the IAEA to monitor and issue updates on Iran’s nuclear activities. A recent in-depth report by the IAEA indicated a lull in Iran’s nuclear installments starting in August at the time of President Hassan Rouhani’s innauguration.

Partnership for a Secure America held a private CPP alumni dinner with IAEA Deputy Director General Janice Dunn Lee to discuss the IAEA’s role in the current conversation, the future of the IAEA, and the how nuclear energy, security, and nonproliferation play a role in the global security landscape.

Janice Dunn Lee is the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Management at the International Atomic Energy Agency. She was appointed to the position on 1 January 2012.

Prior to this, Ms. Dunn Lee was the Deputy Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) in Paris, France. Earlier, Ms. Dunn Lee was the Director of International Programs for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) where she managed international cooperative programmes in nuclear safety, technology, and materials, the import and export licensing of these materials and radioactive waste safety.

Ms. Dunn Lee joined the NRC in 1975 and held a number of progressively responsible positions. These included: Senior Assistant for international nuclear policy to four successive NRC Chairmen; Licensing Review and Policy Analyst in the Office of International Programs; and Chief for International Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards where she participated in programmes to assist countries to protect, control and account for nuclear materials. She was selected for the Senior Executive Service in 1998. She was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Office of International Programs in 1998 and as Director in 1999.

Ms. Dunn Lee participated in several special assignments and programmes while at the NRC. From 1989 to 1991, she served as a Congressional Fellow in the Office of Senator James A. McClure of Idaho. In 1993, she was on assignment to the Office of Senator Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming, where she served as a staff member on the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Ms Dunn Lee graduated from the NRC Supervisory Development Program in 1995 and the Federal Executive Institute in 1991.

Ms. Dunn Lee received a B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973 and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in 1975


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