National Security Lecture Series at DMGS

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School Lecture Series is specifically designed to bring together speakers with divergent opinions on national security with the goal of enabling the public to engage in robust and informed discussions. It has hosted some of the most distinguished and influential leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of the national security community. These members of the national security community have provided our students, faculty, and guests with first-rate analysis of some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Daniel Morgan Graduate School will continue to host speakers who can help prepare the next generation of leaders, scholars and, practitioners to develop actionable solutions to global and domestic security challenges.


Dr. Arnie Dupuy, energy expert with Booz Allen Hamilton, Contract Support to The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Operational Energy, Current Operations

Alex Beehler, Research Professor, George Washington University’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute; Alex spent 25 years both in private law practice as a corporate regulatory director and in several Federal agencies including 10 years in the U.S. Department of Justice as a senior trial attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. He also is a former executive vice president of a government contracting company specializing in environmental services to the U.S. Army. From 2004 to 2009, Alex held several key positions in the Department of Defense Office of the Secretary of Defense including: Acting Deputy Under-Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment, Assistant Deputy Under-Secretary for Environment, Safety & Occupational Health (ESOH), and Principal Deputy to the Deputy Under-Secretary

From Daniel Morgan Graduate School

Ronald A. Marks, M.A.


Colonel Preston McLaughlin was appointed an Associate Professor of National Security to the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security in August 2017. He also currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Aquilae Consulting Services, LLC.  He previously served as the Deputy Program Manager for Operations and Support in the System High Corporation Support Team at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Security & Intelligence Directorate from 2012-2016.


Ronald A. Marks, M.A.


Paul Michael Wihbey is a Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy & Natural Resources at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security. He was born in the US and raised and educated in Montreal. He has honorably served both nations in various capacities,  from leading a Canadian Parliamentary delegation to Lebanon, to energy related war-gaming lectures at the United States Marine Corps University, Command and Staff College, Quantico Virginia.