White House expands intelligence advisory board

On May 31, the White House announced three new members of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board is an independent element within the Executive Office of the President. The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board exists exclusively to assist the president by providing the president with an independent source of advice on the effectiveness with which the intelligence community is meeting the nation’s intelligence needs and the vigor and insight with which the community plans for the future. The president is able to appoint up to 16 members of the board.

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar is the tenth President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a global research institution with operations in the U.S., Asia, the Middle East, and Europe created by Andrew Carnegie in 1910 to support diplomacy and advise policymakers on international conflict and cooperation. A former justice of the Supreme Court of California, Cuéllar has served three U.S. presidential administrations at the White House and in federal agencies, and was the Stanley Morrison Professor at Stanford University, where he held appointments in law, political science, and international affairs. At Stanford, he also led the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the University’s hub for research and education on international affairs, and earlier, its Center for International Security and Cooperation. His books and articles focus on problems in American public law and democracy since the U.S. became a global power, how fast-evolving technologies like artificial intelligence affect public institutions, and how countries respond to emerging risks and cross-border challenges such as controlling illicit financial activity and protecting public health. He chairs the board of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, serves on the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Raised in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, Cuéllar graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford.

Ronald S. Moultrie

Ronald S. Moultrie served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security for the Biden-Harris Administration from June 2021 through February 2024. He was a member of the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Team focused on national security. Moultrie also served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Director of Operations, served as a member of Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Senior Intelligence Service, and in the U.S. Air Force. Moultrie was a key principal on the Secretary of the Navy’s Cybersecurity Readiness Review and subsequently led the creation of the Department’s digital roadmap focused on cybersecurity, data, and emerging technologies such as AI, 5G, and Quantum computing.

Moultrie’s numerous awards include the Presidential Rank Award, the U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, two Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Awards, two National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medals, the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, the CIA National Clandestine Service’s Donovan Award, the National Reconnaissance Office’s Gold Medal, three NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Awards, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Moultrie earned a Master of Science degree from the National Intelligence University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, magna cum laude.

Calvin Smyre

Calvin Smyre served for 48 years as an elected State Representative in the Georgia General Assembly. He was the “Dean” of the House and served as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He is President Emeritus of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and a former member of the National Conference of State Legislators. Smyre’s distinguished record includes legislation making Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a state holiday, creating the Georgia Dome, establishing the GA HOPE Scholarship Program, creating a new Georgia state flag, the GA Hate Crime Act of 2020, and the repeal of the 1863 Citizens Arrest Law. In 1986 he was appointed the Governor’s Administrative Floor Leader and in 2001 he was appointed Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, becoming the first African American to hold both positions.

In 2023, Smyre was nominated by President Biden and appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as Representative of the United States to the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Congressional Black Caucus’ prestigious Phoenix Award, being named twice as “Citizen of the Year” in his hometown of Columbus, Georgia, and he has been inducted into Georgia Trend Magazine’s Business Hall of Fame. Smyre served on the Boards of Columbus Museum, Columbus RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Fort Valley State University Foundation as its Chair. In the private sector, he retired in 2014 as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Synovus Financial Corporation and President of Synovus Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Fort Valley State University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Morehouse School of Medicine. Smyre is a lifelong native of Columbus, Georgia and a member of Greater Ward Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. He has one deceased daughter and two grandchildren.

Source: White House

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