Culture in National Security, International Security, Law Enforcement, and Irregular Warfare
Michael T. Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1981 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in Military Intelligence. His first assignment was as a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Since then, he has served in a variety of command and staff positions to include, Commander, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion and G2, 82nd Airborne Division; G2, 18th Airborne Corps, CJ2, CJTF-180 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan; Commander, 111th Military Intelligence Brigade at the Army's Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Director of Intelligence, Joint Special Operations Command with duty in OEF and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command with duty in OEF and OIF; Director of Intelligence, the Joint Staff; Director of Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan and US Forces-Afghanistan and Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G2. He most recently served as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement before becoming the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on 24 July 2012.
Lieutenant General Flynn's other assignments include multiple tours at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division as a platoon leader for Operation URGENT FURY in Grenada, and as Chief of Joint War Plans for JTF-180 UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti. He also served with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and as the Senior Observer/Controller for Intelligence at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Lieutenant General Flynn holds an undergraduate degree in Management Science from the University of Rhode Island and holds three graduate degrees: a Master of Business Administration in Telecommunications from Golden Gate University, San Francisco; a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C.
Lieutenant General Flynn is a graduate of the Army's Intelligence Officer Basic, Advanced, and Electronic Warfare Courses; the Combined Armed Services Staff Course; the United States Army Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies; and the United States Naval War College.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the NATO Service Medal, and several service and campaign ribbons. Lieutenant General Flynn also has earned the Ranger Tab and Master Parachutist Badge, and the Joint Staff Identification Badge.
Jeannie L. Johnson, Utah State University
Jeannie L. Johnson worked within the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence as a member of the Balkan Task Force from 1998-1999. She rotated to the State Department just prior to our 1999 military engagement in Serbia, and was sent to assist as a Foreign Service Officer in Embassy Zagreb.
Ms. Johnson uses her background in practical politics to teach Political Science at Utah State University. She specializes in cultural analysis of political and security issues and teaches a wide range of social science courses.Her primary research interest, Strategic Culture, examines the role of national and organizational cultures on the formation of security policy. Hired in 2006 by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency through the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Ms. Johnson participated in the formation of an extensive Strategic Culture curriculum and has since edited a volume on the same topic, Strategic Culture and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Culturally Based Insights into Comparative National Security Policymaking. She continues to work with members of the intelligence community and Department of Defense in order to improve cultural research methods and analysis. A cultural research methodology devised with co-author Matt Berrett was featured in CIA’s June 2011 edition of Studies in Intelligence.
Mr. Davidson is a retired Chief Warrant Officer 4, Military Intelligence Corps, United States Army. He has served overseas in Vietnam, Germany, Panama, and Bosnia. His last active duty assignment was with the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO), Fort Leavenworth, KS. In 2002, Mr. Davidson founded and led the FMSO Border Security Team. While with the Team, he produced the Daily Open Source Border Report. In addition, he wrote more than 300 Open Source Analyses concerning Mexican drug cartels and Mexican military and police forces. His awards include Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, and the Army Achievement Medal.Upon retirement, Mr. Davidson worked simultaneously with the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and with the University of Connecticut at New Haven (UNH). At UTEP, he began the Open Source Research Center and taught two open source classes. For UNH, he worked with the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups. He and the students at both universities produced the Daily Border News Report (DBNR) and the Summary of Open Source Information (SOSI) which was distributed DOD, DOJ, USBP, FBI, HIDTA, and other local and state agencies.