Speeches & Interviews

Speeches & Interviews

Today marks an interesting and very American anniversary, a 1935 event that, in 2010, Sports Illustrated called, “The Greatest 45 Minutes Ever in Sports.” I’m betting most people around our nation have never heard of it. Any guesses?  Eighty-one years ago, today, at the 1935 Big Ten Track and Field Championships, in the span of about 45 minutes, Jesse Owens first tied the world record in the 100-yard dash and then broke world records in the long jump, the 220-yard dash, and the 220 low hurdles.
 

As many of you know, we started this symposium when I was NGA director in 2003. In 2004, the Geospatial Intelligence Foundation took over, and it is really remarkable what USGIF has done to grow this into our nation’s largest gathering of intelligence professionals, a terrific celebration of geospatial intelligence, and a great opportunity to share and grow the tradecraft and foster intelligence integration.

Thanks, for the wonderful introduction. I appreciate that. I want to give a shout-out to Chris Kojm, who’s here as the visiting professor of international affairs at the Elliott School. Chris served with great distinction as chairman of our National Intelligence Council.

I have an affinity for the MacGyvers of the world: the folks who innovate and make do with what they've got on the ground; the people who are told no, who aren’t taken seriously because their ideas are so fantastic, so out of this world that they are beyond what most can reason.  
Good morning, and thank you for the invitation to kick off today’s events. It’s great to be here, I’m grateful for an opportunity to get away from the Beltway, even for a few hours. These days, Harry Truman’s observation applies: “If you want a friend in Washington … buy a dog.” Last week’s political brinksmanship has become the status quo. And it isn’t free.  Even if we don’t shut down, when we wait until the very last minute to avoid a shutdown our government and our contract workforces pay for it.
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