Monday, April 25, 2011
One of the most important questions any intelligence professional can ask is "What do the decisionmakers I support want from me?" Historically, it is also one of the most difficult questions to answer.
That is the reason why the faculty at Mercyhurst nominated Intelligence and the Decisionmaker as the theme for this year's Global Intelligence Forum in Dungarvan, Ireland (July 11-13, 2011).
Looking at the line-up of speakers -- GEN Mike Hayden, Charlie Allen, Hayden Peake from the US, Kathleen O'Toole from Ireland, Anthony Campbell from Canada, Niki Ekman from Sweden, Cees Wiebes from the Netherlands, etc. etc. -- and it easy to see why I think we are going to make some progress on this question.
Two other things make this conference one of a kind. The first is the attendees. This conference draws people from all three major sub-disciplines of intelligence: National security, law enforcement and business. Not only does it draw people from all areas of intelligence, it also draws people from all over the world.
So you are going to see guys like Tom Carr, the executive director of the Washington Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program rubbing shoulders with Liam Fahey, founder and executive director of the Intelligence Leadership Forum, the organization for senior corporate intelligence professionals.
There is simply no other conference that brings together this kind of mix of professionals for this kind of conference. Everyone I spoke with last year took as much away from the interaction between the participants as they did from the speakers.
Which is a nice segue to the second big advantage: Dungarvan. What a beautiful place! Located on the southern Irish coast in the midst of one of the prettiest parts of Ireland, Dungarvan is a perfect place for mixing, making new personal and professional relationships and carving out some time to think about some of the important questions facing the profession. Extraordinary hospitality, simple pleasures and (my personal favorite) an outstanding local beer make this event both physically relaxing and intellectually energizing.
We had to turn away people last year so this year we found a larger space and have expanded to 200 (and only 200) attendees.
Registration and more info about the conference is available online here. We are also offering two, one day workshops to round out the week. More information on the workshops here.
Questions regarding sponsorship opportunities for your company or organization should be directed to Bob Heibel, Executive Director of the Mercyhurst College Institute For Intelligence Studies at rheibel at mercyhurst dot edu.