YPFP Events

Junior Military Officer Panel - Junior Officer Perspectives on National Security

May 15, 2014 06:30 pm

Please RSVP to joe.soriero@ypfp.org (please disregard any messages below indicating that the event is full) Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is excited to host a panel discussion with junior military officers who have recently transitioned to civilian life. Although YPFP has had the unique opportunity to host many senior military officials as speakers, we rarely hear from the junior level officers who are often responsible for executing the Department of Defense’s policies.  This panel discussion will offer several junior officers’ views on a variety of national security and defense related topics. More specifically, the panel will focus on military leadership skills application to civilian life and how officer retention and promotion polices shape the profiles of future military officials, along with other topics of interest. 

Panelists include:

Benjamin Luxenberg – a Marine Corps communications officer who was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was deployed in the Pacific region with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.  He is also the author of two Wall Street Journal Op-Eds.

Dan Ledeen - served with distinction as an active duty logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps from May 2009 until April 2013. Primarily stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Dan commanded 50 Marines and earned a Navy Commendation Medal during a deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he directed logistics operations for a Marine Infantry Battalion  A graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas, Dan currently serves as a Captain in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve while working as a business development manager for Telcare, a Bethesda, MD based provider of mobile health solutions. 

Peter Goff- is a former military officer now working for a management advisory firm in Arlington, Virginia.  Mr. Goff served 10 years in the Maryland Army National Guard as an intelligence officer, culminating as the S-2 for a combat aviation brigade deployed to Iraq and Kuwait from 2011-2012.  For most of his career, he was a drilling National Guardsman with a full-time job as a defense contractor in the Washington, DC area. He received his bachelor's degree from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and master's degrees from the Georgetown Security Studies Program.

Moderator: Andrew Tuttle - served as a Marine Corps Ground Intelligence Officer from 2008-2013 and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan and Quantico, Virginia. In 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan as an augment to an Army Task Force and served on a Police Training Team in Ghazni Province. His last active duty billet was as a Detachment Commander at the Marine Corps Information Operations Center in Quantico. He left the Marines as a Captain in 2013 and currently works as a management consultant in Arlington


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