Expert Panelists to Address Gender Imbalances in National Security Field

Monday, October 19, 2015

The National Security & Intelligence Program and the Open Source Intelligence Exchange at Fairmont State University are sponsoring “Bridging the Gap: Assessing Gender Imbalances in the National Security Field,” a panel discussion featuring industry experts.

Moderated by Dr. Robin Payne, Assistant Professor of History, the panel will feature B. Lynn Wright, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence; Kathleen A. Reilly, Director for Cybersecurity and Special Missions for Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems; and Uyen Dinh, President of Win Strategies. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Falcon Center third floor conference rooms, immediately followed by a reception. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend. Admission is free.

B. Lynn Wright is the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence. In this position, she supports the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance/ Director of Naval Intelligence (OPNAV N2/N6) in delivering comprehensive substantive intelligence to Navy leadership, overseeing intelligence activities within the Navy, representing the Navy within the Intelligence Community, creating Naval Intelligence policy and performing policy oversight functions. She was appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service in June 2013.

Wright has a background in operational and tactical intelligence support and strategic policy development experience in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Naval Intelligence, NATO (Afghanistan), theater commands and combat support agencies.

Her prior tours include: Office of Naval Intelligence (1985-1988), Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Center Detachment CINCLANTFLT (1988-1992), Joint Task Force Four (1992-1994), Office of Naval Intelligence (1994-2001), National Security Agency (1995-1996), OPNAV N2 Staff (2001-2003), Office of Secretary of Defense (Under Secretary for Intelligence) (2003-2005), National Counter Proliferation Center (ODNI) (2005-2006), Defense Intelligence Agency/Joint Staff J2 (2006-2011), NATO/ISAF Afghanistan (2009), Joint Staff Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force (2009-2011) and an external detail (2012-2013).

Wright graduated from Old Dominion University (1984, B.A. in political science), George Mason University (2000, M.A. in telecommunications) and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (2012, M.S. in national resource strategy). She has received awards from the U.S. Navy, the Joint Staff, NATO, DIA, the Secretary of Defense and a Presidential Rank Award (Meritorious, 2011).

Kathleen Reilly is Director for Cybersecurity and Special Missions at Raytheon Intelligence and Information Services. She was a professional staff member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) from 2001-2009.  She has been the principal staffer for all aspects of the CIA program (budget and operations) and has previously monitored the Military Intelligence Program (MIP).  She also served as an assigned staff member on the House Appropriations Committee’s Select Intelligence Oversight Panel (SIOP), which coordinates between authorizers and appropriators. She has served in the U.S. Navy on active duty and, presently, in the Reserves. Her Navy assignments have included electronic warfare, anti-submarine operations, counternarcotics and logistics. Reilly was in the first group of three women to perform aerial Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance operations for the Navy in Desert Shield/ Storm and was personally hand selected by Secretary of Defense for first-ever assignment of women destined to combat operations afloat (SECDEF waiver before Combat Exclusion).  In 2008, she was selected as the Navy Reserves’ Top Sailor of the Year.

Uyen (pronounced “Win”) Dinh formed Win Strategies, LLC, to support clients meet their government relations, public affairs, communications and media and marketing objectives.  Win Strategies is a woman-and minority-owned strategic consulting small business. With two decades of experience on Capitol Hill and private industry, Dinh guides clients through the intricate Capitol Hill, Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community and the Executive Branch processes. Her clients include U.S. aerospace and information services companies.

Most recently, she served as Vice President for Government Relations for GeoEye, Inc., the world’s premier commercial satellite imagery provider for geospatial intelligence from 2007-2013. In this role, Dinh led all government relations activities to include creating and executing annual and lobbying and communications strategies and other regulations affecting commercial satellite imagery. During her tenure, she developed and executed the government relations, communications, and marketing campaign that secured the company a $3.8 billion national security contract.

Prior to private industry, Dinh served as counsel on several U.S. House of Representative committees and offices to include: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and the Committee on Government Reform. In addition, she served as executive producer and host of “Our Generasian,” a local cable talk show focusing on Asian-American issues in the mid-1990s in the Washington, D.C., metro area. She also taught at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and belongs to the National Defense University).

Born in Saigon, Viet Nam, Uyen Dinh immigrated with her family to the United States in 1975. She graduated from James Madison University in 1993 and from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 1996. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Fairmont State’s National Security and Intelligence Program is designed to provide students with the tools they need to pursue careers in research or intelligence analysis. The Open Source Intelligence Exchange (OSIX) is the laboratory and applied research arm of the University’s National Security and Intelligence Program. Students working in the OSIX lab gather and analyze intelligence from open sources, including online discussion boards, social media and chatrooms, to identify and assess national security and law enforcement threats. For more information about the National Security and Intelligence Program, visit http://www.fairmontstate.edu/collegeofliberalarts/academics/national-security-and-intelligence-program.

FSU offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. For more information, visit http://www.fairmontstate.edu/collegeofliberalarts/academics/criminal-justice-program.