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Duke Women in National Security Panel | February 15 at 5:30pm


Kim Kotlar will join five female career national security experts for a discussion on their experiences in the Department of Defense, State Department, and the Intelligence Community. Four on the panel, Jenny Arnold, Randee Farrell, Tina Hayes and Margalit Murray, are 2020-2021 Fellows in the Duke Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program. Gia DeHart is currently a 2021 Carlucci Fellow in the Sanford School of Public Policy. See their bios below.

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Moderator: Kim Kotlar co-taught the initial offering of Duke University’s Cyber Policy Course and is currently a mentor and coach for Duke Cyber. She is a retired Naval officer, Congressional staff member and NSA executive.

Jennifer Arnold is a senior civil servant in the Department of Defense with specialties in the fields of intelligence and operations.  Jenny was born and raised in Massachusetts.  After high school, she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served as an Operations Resource Manager.  While assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command, she supported Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Jenny holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Campbell University in North Carolina.  Subsequent to her military service, Jenny served in the Central Intelligence Agency as an Operations/case officer.  Jenny has continued to serve the United States as a civilian leader in the Department of Defense.  She and her husband Dale reside in Fuquay Varina, NC and have three children.  Jenny’s research interests include the counterintelligence implications of Artificial Intelligence and quantum computing on the Department of Defense and Intelligence community.

Gia DeHart commissioned as a Naval Officer in 2012 from the US Naval Academy, where she graduated with distinction as a Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Graduate and a Bachelor of Science in English. She has spent the majority of her career advising executive leadership on policy implementation in the areas of public affairs, legal, and human resources. Most recently, she was the Director of the Crisis Operations Center in response to the 6 December 2019 terrorist attack in Pensacola, Florida.

Lieutenant Colonel Randee Farrell is originally from Clifton, Virginia.  She serves as a US Army Public Affairs Officer where her goal is to communicate to the American public how the military supports national security and furthers American ideals at home and abroad. She graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2002 and was commissioned as a Signal officer.  Upon completion of her initial training, Randee served in army units during multiple deployments to Iraq.  Upon completing her Master of Business Administration at Wharton, she became a Public Affairs Officer and focused on marketing at both West Point and for the Army Staff.  Prior to arriving at Duke, Randee served as the lead communicator for special operations forces countering terrorism across North Africa and the Levant.  Randee has served in numerous overseas locations to include Jordan, Syria, and Iraq.  Her research interests include: National Security Decision Making, Behavioral Economics, Brand Management, Marketing Strategy, Journalism, and Social Movements and Social Media.

LTC Christina “Tina” Hayes grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH.  Upon graduating from John Carroll University with a B.S. in Chemistry and completing the Army ROTC program, she received a commission in the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  Tina’s professional career has focused on Nuclear Counterproliferation and Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD).  Her overseas experiences include Iraq and South Korea.  Tina served in various staff positions in which she focused on WMD threat reduction, military support to domestic WMD threats, and counterproliferation of WMD.  Tina’s graduate education includes a M.S. in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida and a M.S. in Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction from the Air Force Institute of Technology.  Tina is married with 1 son, and currently lives in Spring Lake, NC.  Her research interests include:  biological sciences, nuclear policy, leadership, and women in the military.

Supervisory Special Agent Margalit Murray is a Diplomatic Security (DS) federal agent in the U.S. Department of State. Margalit grew up in Hilo, Hawaii and the Northern Virginia area. She is a graduate of Boston University (B.A. in Political Science and International Relations) and the George Washington University (M.A. International Law and Security). Margalit received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to conduct independent research on how women’s roles were influenced by social and political organizations in Kuwait in 2001, arriving there the day before 9/11. In 2004, Margalit joined the State Department and has served overseas at U.S. embassies in Beirut, Kabul, Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires. Domestically, Margalit served in the DS Washington Field Office and in their Headquarters where she managed federal investigations into human trafficking, visa and passport fraud, sexual assault, child sexual abuse and identify fraud. Most recently, Margalit served as a legislative affairs liaison representing the Department of State’s policies and priorities to Congress. She has extensive experience working across the interagency as well as with foreign partners on U.S. foreign policy goals and programs. Her research interests include understanding the differences and/or similarities in decision-making processes between governments and terrorist organizations, and in delving deeper into terrorist organizations’ beliefs on gender roles. After participating in the Duke Fellowship Program, Margalit will serve as the Senior Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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