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FAOA Distinguished Virtual Speaker Series: LTG Patrick Hughes, US Army (Retired)

April 15, 2021 from 1130-1300 EST. 

Topic: “Biden Administration Interim NSS Guidance: National Security in the Complicated Future"

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Speaker Bio
Patrick M. Hughes has been engaged in consulting in the focus areas of intelligence, national security, and international relations, as well as the functional areas of leadership, business management and organizational effectiveness. He is now retired and devoting his time to writing and speaking.

He was employed from 1 April 2005 until retiring on 30 June 2011, as the L-3 Communications (now L3 Harris Technologies), Corporate Vice President for Intelligence and Counterterrorism. He also functioned as the corporate point of contact for Homeland Security / Homeland Defense and Cyber Operations. His duties included supporting the general needs of the corporation, involving several instances of travel to numerous nations.

Prior to arriving at L-3 he served in the government as Assistant Secretary for Information & Analysis (IA) (Intelligence), and acting Under Secretary for IA and Infrastructure Protection (IP) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 17 November 2003 until 15 March 2005. During this period, he began initial operations of the DHS intelligence support system and assisted in the stand-up of the department (plank holder).

From 1 October 1999 until 16 November 2003 he was the President of PMH Enterprises LLC, a private consulting firm. His primary clients were U.S. Government agencies and government contractors. He resumed this consulting effort following retirement from L-3 in June 2011 and was actively engaged until 1 April 2018.

He retired from the United States Army on 30 September 1999 after more than 35 years of military service, beginning as an enlisted soldier and medic (E1 – E5), on 2 January 1962. His last active duty assignment was Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), a position he held for 3 and ½ years. Other positions of responsibility included Director of Intelligence (J-2), the Joint Staff; Director of Intelligence (J-2), U.S. Central Command; Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Agency and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence HQ DA; Commander, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade with service in the Republic of Korea; and Commander, 109th Military Intelligence Battalion (Combat Electronic Warfare and Intelligence), 9th Infantry Division (High Technology Test Bed), at Fort Lewis, WA. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War (2 assignments), and other conflicts. He has visited 127 countries. He was trained in the Vietnamese and Korean languages.

LTG Hughes’ duties have included Involvement in and travel to conflict areas in:

-- Vietnam (Infantry Lieutenant Platoon Leader (4/39 Hardcore Recondo) in Mekong Delta with the 9th Infantry Division 1969; Captain MI Provincial Phoenix Program advisor / Provincial S-2 advisor in MR III, Long Khánh Province 1971-72)

-- Israel and Egypt (Major – Liaison Officer)

-- Republic of Korea (Colonel -- Commander, 501st MI Brigade; Executive Officer to CINC, UNC/USFK/EUSA)

-- Saudi Arabia & Kuwait (Brigadier General – Desert Shield / Desert Storm; continuing involvement after DS)

-- Post-DS / DS operations (Brigadier General / Major General – throughout the Middle East region)

-- Somalia (Brigadier General – Operation Restore Hope)

-- India – Pakistan border areas (Brigadier General – travel and coordination as J-2, USCENTCOM)

-- Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Region (Brigadier General – travel and coordination as J-2, USCENTCOM)

-- Ethiopia and Eritrea (Brigadier General – travel and coordination as J-2, USCENTCOM)

-- Haiti (Major General – Operation Uphold Democracy)

-- Bosnia, Croatia, Albania & Serbia (Lieutenant General – Operations Joint Endeavor, Guard and Forge)

-- Colombia (Lieutenant General – travel and coordination as Director, DIA)

-- Ukraine (Lieutenant General (Retired) – 2015 visit to battle area in eastern Ukraine as an observer)

LTG Hughes visited Vietnam in 1999 as an official guest of the Vietnamese Government, with visits to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Can Tho, the Michelin Plantation area, Dinh Quan, and the old War Zone D area.


Past Speakers

  • LTG Robert Ashley, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
  • LTG Charles Hooper, Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency

  • Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs (SAF/IA)  and Director of the Technology and Security Administration (DTSA)

  • Maj Gen Robin L. Fontes, Deputy Commanding General, US Army Cyber Command

  • Cara Abercrombie, first President of the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU)

  • Rear Admiral Francis D. Morley, Director of the Navy International Programs Office (IPO)

  • Minister Jakub Landovský, Czech Republic Deputy Minister of Defence for Defence Policy and Strategy 

  • Mr. John O. Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency

  • Ambassador C. Steven McGann, Deputy Commandant of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University (NDU)

  • LTG (Ret) Keith W. Dayton, the director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

  • Ms. Beth McCormick, Director, Defense Technology Security Administration

  • US Army BG Peter Zwack, former US Defense Attaché to Moscow

  • Dr. R. Evan Ellis, research professor of Latin American Studies at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)

  • Mr. Douglas Wise, Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

  • Mr. William Clark, Director, Defense Attaché Service (DAS), DIA

  • RDML Todd J. Squire, Director for International Engagement (N52) in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Navy’s FAO Community Sponsor

  • BG (retired) Ismael Alsodani, former Iraqi Defense Attaché to the United States

  • Major General Richard M. "Dick" Lake, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Director of Security for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  •  Vice Admiral Joseph W. Rixey, Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

  • Colonel John "Oly" Holm, USAF, Commandant of the US Air Force Air Advisory Academy (AAA)

  • Major Scot McLearn, USA, 162nd Infantry Battalion, Fort Polk, LA (Army Security Cooperation Training)

  • Mr. David Shedd, Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency                                          

  • Mr. Michael Nugent, Director, Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)

  • MG Michael Nagata, USA, Dep. Director for SpecOps/Counterterrorism, JCS/J3

  • LTG Michael T. Flynn, USA, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

  • RADM Bradley R. Gehrke, USN, Director, Defense CI and HUMINT Center (DCHC), DIA

  • Mr. Richard Genaille, Deputy Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

  • Maj Gen  Maryanne Miller, USAF, Joint Chiefs of Staff/Partnership Strategy

  • Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James R. Clapper, Lt Gen, USAF (ret.) 

  • Former Senator Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Atlantic Council, Co-Chairman of PFIAB

  • Dr. Tristan Mabry, Exec. Director of the Advanced FAO Training Program, NPS

  • MG Frederick B. Hodges, USA, Director, AFPAK Coordination Cell, Joint Staff

  • Mr. Mark Rumohr, Chief of Middle-East Division, DSCA

  • Dr. Soner Cagaptay, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

  • BG Robert A. Carr, USA, Director, DCHC, DIA

  • The Honorable Ambassador Ryan Crocker, U.S. State Department 

  • Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Lemmons, Director for Int’l Engagement (OPNAV N52)

  • Ralph Peters, USA (ret.), defense journalist, author and military commentator

  • BG Richard Lake, USMC, Director of Intelligence, USMC

  • LTG David H. Huntoon, USA, Director of the Army Staff

  • GEN Anthony Zinni, USA (ret.), former Commander, USCENTCOM

  • The Honorable David Chu, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

  • LTG Michael Maples, USA (ret.), DIA Director

  • LTG James Williams, USA (ret.), former DIA Director

  • Richard Armatage, former Assistant SECDEF for International Security Affairs

  • LTG Patrick Hughes, USA (ret.), former DIA Director

  • Mr. Douglas Waller, veteran correspondent, author and lecturer

  • Mr. Denis Clift, VP Planning and Operations at U.S. Navy Institute, Past President of National Intelligence University (NIU) and National Defense Intelligence College (NDIC)
  • Russell J. Frasz, Director, Force Development, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services; Department of Defense Executive Agent for the Defense Language Institute English Language Center
  • Dr. Michael Nugent, Director, Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)
  • GEN Michael V. Hayden, USAF (ret.),  retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Mr. Hunter F. Lutinski Member of the Senior Executive Service (SES); Vice Director for Plans & Programs for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  • Dr. Omer Taspinar, Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College and Director of the Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution
  • R. Admiral Paul Becker, USN (ret.), past director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, director for intelligence with United States Pacific Command in Hawaii, vice director of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of Intelligence for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan
  • MAJ (ret) Jason Howk, USA (ret.) South Asia Foreign Area Officer, Lifetime FAOA member
  • Mr. Robert Helfant, Principle Director, Building Partner Capacity, DSCA
  • Mr. Michael Garrison, Principle Director, Security Cooperation Workforce Development, DSCA
  • Mr. David Cate, Director, Assessment Monitoring & Evaluation, DASD Security Cooperation
  • Mr. Saul Bracero, Division Chief, Institutional Capacity Building, DSCA
  • COL Michael Bochna, USA (ret.) Director of the DIA Defense Attaché Service (DAS)
  • Mr. Michael Miller, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Security and Arms Transfers (PM/RSAT)
  • Minister Jacub Landovský, Czech Republic Deputy Minister of Defence for Defence Policy and Strategy
  • Ms. Heidi H. Grant, Director, Defense Technology Security Administration


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