About this event

On 12 January 2023 the Joint Special Operations University Office for Strategic Engagement hosted a virtual ThinkJSOU panel, concentrating on the 2022 National Security Strategy and interagency cooperation.  Dr. Curt Harig, JSOU faculty, served as moderator, facilitating a discussion between four interagency panelists with the intent of analyzing and evaluating agency-specific approaches to gray zone conflict, factors that make interagency cooperation difficult for integrative statecraft planning, and an exploration into how special operations can partner in the interagency.  

Moderator: Dr. Curt Harig, Professor of JIIM-C Studies, JSOU
Panelist: Ms. Jennifer Marron, Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs, InterAction
Panelist: Mr. Peter Cloutier, Professor for Development and Human Security, JSOU / Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development
Panelist: Mr. John Mongan, Senior Stabilization Advisor, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. State Department
Panelist: Mr. Dallas Boyd, Senior Advisor, National Nuclear Security Agency Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation 

Recommended Reading: The 2022 National Security Strategy

Books cited in this panel: The Enduring Struggle: The History of the U.S. Agency for International Development and America’s Uneasy Transformation of the World by John Norris

Interagency Mission Overviews

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): USAID has missions in over 100 countries, primarily in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. USAID's mission statement, adopted in February 2018, is: "On behalf of the American people, USAID promotes and demonstrates democratic values abroad, and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world.”

InterAction: Founded in 1984, InterAction is the largest alliance of international NGOs in the United States. InterAction’s mission is to serve as a convener, thought leader, and voice for NGOs working to eliminate extreme poverty, strengthen human rights and citizen participation, safeguard a sustainable planet, promote peace, and ensure dignity for all people.

Department of Energy (DOE): The mission of the DOE is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. Catalyze the timely, material, and efficient transformation of the nation’s energy system and secure U.S. leadership in energy technologies.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): The NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the DOE responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and militarily effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad.

U.S. Department of State (DoS): The mission of the DoS is to protect and promote U.S. security, prosperity, and democratic values and shape an international environment in which all Americans can thrive.

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Curt Harig
Curt Harig

Dr. Curt R. Harig retired from active duty in 2007 after 24.5 years of service as a Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer 4.  He joined Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) in May 2010 and serves as a Professor of JIIM-C Studies and the Interagency Program Manager within the Department of International & JIIM-C Education & Engagement. He previously served as the Director, Center for Advanced SOF Studies in the Department of SOF Education. Dr. Harig is currently the Course Manager for both the SOF Interagency Collaboration Course and the Countering Terrorist Networks Interagency Seminar.

Dr. Harig’s military service includes assignments with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), and Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT).  Dr. Harig has served in Operations and Military Training events throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Southwest Asia, the Caribbean, and the Persian Gulf.

Upon retirement from the Army, Dr. Harig established a defense contracting firm to design counterterrorism and special operations training facilities.  Between 2007 and 2010, he provided services to Department of Defense and foreign clients in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  His company was the principle technical expert in the design of the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC).

Dr. Harig holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Management (EdD) and a Master of Science in Human Services with a specialization in Counseling Studies from Capella University.  He is a Certified Higher Education Professional (CHEP) in Teaching, Online Teaching, and Leadership with the National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools; and JSOU Master Instructor. He is married to the former Susan Walker of Dutton, MI.

Dallas Boyd
Dallas Boyd

Dallas Boyd serves as a Senior Advisor in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation.  From 2017-2018, he was the Director for Countering Nuclear Terrorism on the National Security Council staff.  Previously, Boyd served as a Strategic Communications Adviser to the NNSA Administrator.  Additional experience includes support to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, USSTRATCOM’s Strategic Deterrence Assessment Laboratory, and the DoD Office of Nuclear Matters.  Boyd also served as Communications Director for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  He holds a B.A. in History from The Citadel and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.  Boyd’s writings have been published in the National Interest, Nonproliferation Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Washington Quarterly, Homeland Security Affairs, and Motorcyclist.

Jennifer Marron
Jennifer Marron

Jenny Marron joined InterAction in September 2019.  As InterAction's Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Jenny leads the team that shapes and coordinates coalition policy and advocacy efforts related to the U.S. government.  A seasoned expert on conflict and fragility with over a decade of experience in strategic thinking and problem-solving in foreign affairs, Marron previously served as the White House National Security Council’s (NSC) Director for Syria in 2016 and most recently as the Deputy Office Director of Advanced Analytics in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. Department of State.  While with the NSC, she provided senior officials with analysis and policy recommendations on critical security developments affecting Syria and coordinated decision-making processes among federal agencies to reduce violence and support negotiations, humanitarian response, and stabilization. At the State Department, she managed multiple teams and oversaw the launch of a new instability monitoring and analysis platform to aid decision-making in complex environments.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Peter Cloutier
Peter Cloutier

Peter Cloutier is the Joint Special Operations University Professor for Development and Human Security.  He is a career Foreign Service Officer in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) having served as Office Director for programs in Afghanistan, Mozambique, Angola and Timor-Leste (East Timor). He has devoted much of his Foreign Service career to developing innovative strategies and advancing interagency partnerships in a range of technical fields. He is a successful and skilled negotiator with host country governments, in sector coordination bodies, and within the interagency. He has a track record for leading teams to achieve ambitious results in multiple technical areas. He is an accomplished writer and presenter, as evidenced by authoring a USAID country strategy and presenting numerous interagency proposals and presentations to senior USG decision makers. With nearly 20 years overseas, he has demonstrated consistent leadership, accountability and impact. USAID has recognized his sustained performance with three Superior Honor Awards as a result.