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BC Alumnus to Speak on Working to Keep Americans Safe on Nov. 13

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William E. “Bill” Tarry, former principal deputy undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

Tarry will speak on “Protecting Our Homeland–What’s it Take and Why Should You Care?”

Tarry, who received his Intelligence Community Officer designation in 2002, was appointed by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as principal deputy undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in January 2012, a position he held until retiring in October 2013.

Tarry entered U.S. Naval Intelligence as a civilian intelligence analyst assigned to the Navy Ocean Surveillance and Information Center in 1981. From 1983 to 1993, he worked as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He later served in a variety of analytic, collection and management positions, including a two-year assignment as deputy director for operations of the Joint Analysis Center, European Command in Molesworth, England, from 1995 to 1997. He continued moving up the ranks in the Office of Naval Intelligence from 1998 until 2010, when he joined the DHS as deputy assistant commandant for intelligence and criminal investigations at the U.S. Coast Guard—the position he filled until his 2012 appointment.

He has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award and the National Intelligence Reform Medal.

A 1981magna cum laude graduate of Bridgewater College, Tarry received a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University.

The program is free and open to the public.

Posted 11/4/13

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